Friday, July 28, 2006

Cabling Without A Cable Needle

This is an incredibly useful little trick which makes cable patterns infinitely quicker and easier to execute, and which I would not have learned without the knitblog network.

First (and my personal favorite) are Grumperina's very clear and detailed tutorials:

Left Slanting Decreases

This is Nona's incredibly useful side-by-side illustration of seven different left slanting decreases, along with complete directions and comments.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

How to Estimate Yardage

Ever find a fantastic yarn, have only a very general notion of what you want to make with it, and have to buy enough of it now, because it'll be gone by the time you get back?

Even better, once you do figure out the safe yardages for your size and style preferences (eg. extra long sleeves or body, different necklines, cables, colour work) - write them down and keep copies anywhere you are likely to be buying yarn (say - pinned to the bulletin board by the computer, tucked in your wallet, etc.).