Articles

I wrote most of these articles in the late 1980s. They were published in The Keyplate News and other BOND knitting machine publications of the time, but the information is still relevant. They are yours to enjoy and share with your knitting friends. Print them out, post links to them on your blog or in knitting forums, or put posters of them on your local telephone pole. There are only two rules: you may not sell them to make money; you must keep my name on them as the author. Beyond that, enjoy and spread the knowledge!

Lace, The Artful Arrangement of Holes  True lace for machine knitters.

Afghan 101 A template for throws, afghans and blankets. For hand and machine knitters.

Entrelac technique looks more complicated than it is. This is for machine knitters, though hand knitters might like the simple diagrams. The “Breaks All the Rules, Can’t Possibly Work, but it Does (and beautifully) Cast-On” works well here. You can review that cast-on with this video  and this article.

 Part 1: The Truth About Gauge , Part 2: The Vagaries of Gauge  If you do not understand what gauge is and how to use it you cannot make sweaters that fit. It’s a simple subject and worth its weight in gold to learn.

Cardigan Bands  This article was written for cardigan bands knitted on the BOND family of machines, but  these can be adapted to any machine or to hand knitting. The point is to get the edges to lie flat no matter what tools you use.

Easy Hats on the BOND Here’s a simple  pull-on hat “pattern” that I wrote years ago for the CAPS FOR KIDS program. It’s visual in style, like Sweater 101 and Afghan 101. I like to work from a picture format, especially on the machine when things are flying by so quickly.

 Building a Sweater on a Knitting Machine  helps you think beyond a pattern so that you can knit efficiently, with the fewest number of steps that yield an attractive result. The sequence of building a sweater is the same one I used in the video class, Your First BOND Sweater.

The Breaks-All-the-Rules, Can’t-Possibly-Work-But-Does (and Beautifully) Cast On will make your BOND knitting life 10 times easier. Well, maybe 2 times easier but it’s still a great skill to have. You can also see it demonstrated on video.

This video on How to Knit Fishtail Lace teaches you a lot about lace knitting in general, things like three kinds of double decreases and how to read a lace chart (my style anyway).  Here’s a pdf of the chart you see on the video so that you can print it out and have it at home: Fishtail Lace.

Here are two videos on knitted modular scallops: The Knitted Scallop (Modular Knitting)  and Knitted Modular Scallops Part 2. And here is the pdf that is the written directions to with them: Modular Knitting, the Scallop.