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Sunday
Aug182013

Introducing Purl Soho Video Tutorials!

If a picture is a worth a thousand words, how many for a video? A whole lot! Which is why we are so thrilled to announce our latest endeavor… Purl Soho video tutorials!

Our idea to create and share instructional videos comes from the very heart of what we love to do: spread the joy of crafting.  We strive everyday to empower our readers and customers with the tools to make the imaginary real, to inspire that “aha!” moment when everything becomes clear.

Our first four videos explain common knitting increases and decreases: knit two togetherknit front and back, make one right and left, and slip slip knit (above). In each video tutorial Laura walks step-by-step through the new skill, covering common uses and abbreviations and leading you to your own personal “aha!” moment. Check out all four videos on our new video page right here

PS- We will be adding more video tutorials regularly and would love to hear your suggestions. What knitting, crocheting, sewing or embroidery technique do you want to see in video? Let us know!

Reader Comments (47)

How about different knitting bindoffs and Kitchener stitch. I always have to look up Kitchener stitch every time I use it!!
August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy E
What great news! I can't count the number of times I use Purl Soho tutorials for techniques and they'd all gone a bit weird or missing since the site upgrade, so this will be excellent.
August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara
Thank you for being amazing! Your blog truly makes my life better. I'm very excited about these tutorials.
August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramelia
This is wonderful! I was on your site today looking through scarf patterns, and was stumped by the herringbone stitch. A video tutorial would be really helpful for that one! I hope to see it on here sometime. :)
August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
awesome!!! this is so great you guys!
August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranna
Yay, finally! I hope you will create videos to go along with some of your patterns! How about a video to go with your tutorial for attached i-cord? Mine never seem to turn out just right.
August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
Bravo! I've always admired knitters and their creations but have always failed miserably when it came to deciphering knitting books and their photos.

The video series might be just the thing to get this twenty-year desire out of the ditch :)
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterH
Oh, please do a tutorial on cabling. Every time I try, I end up with more stitches than I should!
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelia
I'd love to see a video of the Log Cabin from the first pick up stitches through the second pick up stitches.
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
Great video. Great visual. LOVE the white yarn against the dark background. Easy to look at, easy to understand!
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrae
I'd love to see a tutorial on how to knit with multiple colors -- like fair isle.
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
Hi, love the videos. I have a problem maybe you can give me advice...My left edge never looks as good as my right edge. Rt edge I slip first stitch and it is nice and smooth but the last stitch I stitch, turn and slip that stitch and seems to be looser and not as nice looking. Am I doing something wrong?

Love your site, made the deep V short sleeve sweater and love it!!!!
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina
Thanks so much I love a good tutorial, use them if I can find good ones. So happy I now have a "go to" place!
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Z
Can't wait to see your teaching videos. I need one on how to do short rows. I just don't understand them.
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCocoaJNHolic
I'd love to see a tutorial on picking up stitches so I can whip up some log cabin washcloths!
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
This is FABULOUS. It makes everything so clear...an AHA experience to be sure. My kids all say I cast on crazy and have shown me a number of times a "right" way to do it. As an old dog I always forget so a Casting On video would be GREAT for me. Thanks.
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosie
Hi Tina.
This is such a common concern / question. You are not alone. Without seeing your work, my guess is that you knit and purl with different tensions. So, on the Right Side of your work, after slipping you are knitting or doing a combination of knitting and purling, but primarily knitting. On the Wrong Side of your work, you are probably primarily purling and you probably purl looser than you knit and so after slipping that first stitch, the purl stitches that follow it, aren't done as tautly as the knit stitches on the RS and so that edge has a looseness to it that your other edge does not.

Over time your tension might even out a bit more, minimizing this difference.

I hope this helps.
Laura
August 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have been knitting for about 18 years and I have taught myself pretty much everything. The problem is I feel like there is never instructions on "finishing" pieces. Like weaving In ends or making ends really secure or how I avoid the really weird gap when you bind off knitting in the round. Things like this that make or break an item. I'd love to know what you do. Likedo you knot ends when you will be machine washing then?
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer w
Lovely. I was taught recently how to knit, purl, cast on and cast off, but I'm having to teach myself the rest!

My question would be to ask you experienced knitters if there are differences in US and UK knitting terminology. I was trying to teach myself to crochet with library books and YouTube and failing miserably until I found out that all the stitches have different names. Divided by a common language!
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShu in the UK
Hi there?

I was wondering if you could make a tutorial about how to make a man's satchel? It doesn't even have to be a video (although they look super), but I am going back to school in a few weeks and I'd love to have something stylish and personal (and preferably a bit like a messenger bag!)

I have to say though, I really do love your site. Since visiting your shop on a trip to New York in Easter, I have been totally inspired and am now aiming at a fashion university here in London...

Albert
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert
I'm with Jennifer, I'd like to see more advanced finishing techniques. I'd also love to see different seaming techniques, and my nemesis, set-in sleeves.
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
I'd love it if you could show the basics in continental also.
August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMari
Hi there,

Great to have it all together!!
Don't need to search on you tube anymore.
Thanks for sharing!

MaritavdR from holland
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarita
Great post, fantastic presentation:) Greetings
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZielonaMila
I'd love to see a how to video on the Kitchener stitch and on some cable techniques.
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
This is a fantastic idea and a lovely service for your readers. Thank you so much!!
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie
Love all your video tutorials:) Wish they were also done for left handed knitters. Believe it or not there are a lot of us out there. Tried the mirror technique but it doesn't work for me:( Also would like to see more on finishing. I end up giving my sweaters to others to finish and it ends up costing more money.
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLyn
I would love a how-to video on Fair Isle knitting. It is next on my list to try, but I am too nervous of a tangled mess of yarn balls to actually give it a go.
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
I'd love one on short rows!
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaire B.
Hello! I would love to learn and master short rows. So many beautiful shawl patterns on my list could be made. All the best...
August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid
Awesome! So easy to understand! You went slow enough so we could see what you were doing and you did it twice which I LOVE in knitting videos! Will definitely be watching more!!
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElaina
The videos are so great! Really easy to see and understand. Maybe now I will get up the courage to learn. Thanks so much!!!
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
G R E A T tutorial. Thank you!!
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
This is great! Like others, I'd love to see something on weaving in ends and also on picking up stitches - I can never get it right! Thanks
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChar
A video on the granny square. I am starting to crochet and would love to learn this technique. Thanks for all you do!
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti S.
I made the beautiful herringbone scarf with recommended yarn - it worked up very nicely, but I ended up with a few funky looking mistakes. When I messed up I wasn't sure how to fix it - might you be able to do a tutorial on the herringbone stitch and how to fix mistakes? (Like when you set your knitting down on the coffee table to fix yourself a new cup of hot tea, and the dog decides to take it and run across the living room). Thanks!!
August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura T
Short rows! In easy projects, everything is fine - but the more complex it gets, the trickier I find picking up those wrapped stiches so everything looks neat. I'd also really enjoy a video on different edge stiches, be it for a scarf or something that will be sewn together.
August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna
I'm so inspired by all of the projects you post, but I feel truly stymied by being a lefty. It seems there's never any good instruction for lefties, which I would truly appreciate!
August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzonne
Dear Purl Bee Team,

I LOVE your site! I visit it reguarly excited to find out what new amazing projects you suggested this time.
So far I produced only your rick rack scarf which turned out great despite a little weird colour (strange shade of lilac) that I chose :) and several 20-min totes which are a hit among me friends.

I love the idea of video tutorials! I would like to suggest some really basic stuff like casting on, binding off and simply knitting / purling.
I hold the needles and yarn a bit differently, I never knit / purl the first stich - that's how my mum taught me - I guess it's continental / German attitute? So seeing how you guys do it, would be extremely interesting / helpful.

Thank you & a big hug from Europe!
I wish your store was closer...
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEwelina
No suggestions (I'm still new enough to knitting that I don't know what I don't know yet!) but I just wanted to say how nice these videos are. So lovely and clear - not to mention being the most stylish tutorials I've ever seen! Beautifully shot and designed, as indeed is everything you do. Thank you for sharing.
August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOccasional Crafter
I would love to see a left and right paired lifted increases. My sisters and I successfully made toe up socks (first attempt for them) but I fear they will have difficulty making another pair now that I'm 900 miles away. They have terrible arthritis and I found it was the easiest increase for their limited range of motion.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergloria
Thank you for a wonderful site and great patterns. And now videos - perfect.

Please do one on provisional cast-ons

Oh, and another on short rows!

Oh, and I would love to see one on the best way to join a new yarn (either new colour or new ball) - even though I have knit quite a bit, I'm always unsure about the best way to do this.

Thank you, thank you!!!!!
August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris
:: backwards crochet border on a knitted piece (or crochet, i suppose...)

:: how to typically do sleeves if you're knitting a top down sweater

:: how to use double pointed needles

:: how to piece together knitted garments

:: cable cast-on

well, I could go on. :) I am a beginner!
August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkim t.
Huge fan of your blog! This blog is the main reason I got into knitting in the first place. I wish we had something like your store here in Vancouver, BC!

How about knitting button holes?
August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
Where did the yo video go. I am a new knitter and saw the post a week or two ago and wanted to try it this evening. Not sure where the link is now. Can you help me? Thanks so much, love this blog, by the way!! Jen
September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Hi Jen-

There was a technical problem with the YO video so we had to take it down. We are working on a new version and it should be up in the next couple of weeks.

Sorry to leave you hanging and thanks for getting in touch!

Molly
September 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Looking for the how-to beginning of knitting an afghan using US 17 round needles.
October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelli

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