This is the central location to access all of Kate’s free online knitting tutorials and includes relevant links to each of them. Click here to view the handy head Sizing Chart. Click here to check out the general FAQ page. It is also a good idea to check the Errata page before casting on for a pattern, just in case.
Decreasing While Cabling: Crossing Cables Before Performing a Decrease
This is the process I use when working the Gramps Cardigan to cross my cable stitches on a decrease row before actually performing the neckline & raglan decreases. See step-by-step instructions directly below the video.
1) Knit your first st (the selvedge st).
2) IF your cabled stitches include any portion of the sts that will be used in the decrease (which would be stitches 2 and 3 of the row), sl sts until you get to your cable (this could be 0 or 1 sts, depending on where your cable begins).
3) Sl sts to cable needle, hold to front or back, sl next sts to RH needle but do not knit/purl these sts, then sl the sts from the cable needle to the RH needle as well. You should now be able to see the cable twist on your RH needle.
4) Sl all of the cable sts on your RH needle, one at a time, back to your LH needle.
5) Perform your ssk on the first two sts, then work the remaining sts in pattern and continue to the end of the row (or section, for the raglan decreases).
Once you get to the end of the row, you’ll want to parallel this side with your right front. I think its easier because you don’t have to do as much slipping back and forth, you can go ahead and work each stitch as you come to it and then when you get down to the last 3, you do your k2tog, k1.
In step 3, you are welcome to slip the sts from the CN directly to the LH needle once you get comfortable doing it. I only suggest taking them to the right first so that you can look at your twist and make sure you’ve done things in the proper direction.
Helpful Links (mentioned in the video)
The Step-by-step instructions mentioned are right above this section :)
Tot Toppers FAQ page
KnittingHelp.com Cabling Without a Needle Tutorial
Kate’s Ravelry Group & Forum
The Onesie Neckline Join
This neckline is featured in a few different patterns including Baby Tee and Swaddle Smock (from New Girl). This neckline join is a bit fiddly to perform but once you get it, it is very satisfying and so great for babies and toddlers. Click here to view this tutorial. It is a bit long and deserved its own page.
Above is Swaddle Smock all finished up, and below is Baby Tee. Cute AND functional… a Tot Toppers goal achieved.
My buttonhole of choice
1-row Buttonhole: [starting at buttonhole] WYIF, sl 1 st. Move yarn to back. *Sl 1 st, pass first sl st over second and off needle; repeat from * to BO desired number of sts. Sl last st on RH needle back to LH needle. Turn. Cable CO the number of sts that were BO. CO one additional st, but before transferring new st to LH needle, bring yarn to front between new st and first st on LH needle. Turn. Sl 1 st, pass first st over second and off needle to close buttonhole.
Make your own leather patches!
I’ve got a whole page on making elbow & shoulder patches. Click here to head on over.
Weaving in loose ends
Using duplicate stitch on reverse stockinette.
As used in such designs as the Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest, Master Charles Cabled Ear Flap Hat, Dindy Beret, etc.