If you want to create a double decrease on the knit side of your work that is vertical then the centered double decrease is what you need!
See it in action in this video:
Create a right leaning decrease of one stitch. Worked on knit stitches.
Knit two stitches together at the same time.
Alternative faster method (shown in video):
After slipping both stitches to the right needle, when you insert the left needle into the front of both stitches, instead of slipping them back you can immediately knit them together through the back loop to save time.
See this in action in the video here:
See this in action in the video here:
Read our Knit Basics Purl Stitch Tutorial
When you are working purl stitches and want to decrease one stitch then the p2tog or purl two stitches together is the ideal way of decreasing.
All you have to do is purl two stitches at the same time.
We understand that undoing a provisional cast-on is a terrifying process for some, especially if this is the first time you are trying the technique.
Today Carol is back on the blog walking us through undoing a provisional cast-on. Sit back and watch as she calmly unpicks the crochet cast on, pops the live stitches back on the working needle leaving you ready for your next steps and all in under 3 minutes.
Please note that this video is part of our Dacite Project Workshop series. You can find more information on our project workshop and some FAQ links below.
If this post has piqued your interest in Dacite, you can find the pattern here.
This is the link you need if you would like a virtual knitting buddy while you make your own Dacite. You’ll find 30+ videos, to take you step-by-step from cast on to finishing so you never have to knit alone again.
For those of you who are yarn spotting while you are here, the yarn and colourway used in the video above and is our Nua Worsted in Sea Veggies.
We hope this helps demystify the provisional cast-on process a little bit. If you would like to learn more, we have an extensive free tutorial base for those quick FAQ here.
A few more notes on a provisional cast-on. If your cast-on is all one stitch (all knit or all purl) this crochet chain will unzip nice and neatly. However if you have knit and purl stitches alternating (like ribbing) you will find that the yarn is twisted around the stitch where it changes. Don’t worry, you haven’t done anything wrong, you will just need to unravel the yarn (or snip the waste yarn) and carry on!
Read more about knitting cast on methods.
Sometimes we all just need a refresher or quick reference guide for brioche stitches. If this is the case for you then these are the videos you should bookmark.
The techniques covered here are:
If you want to learn more brioche try my free Brioche Basics Class here.
Or if you feel ready to take on a garment you can join the upcoming Brutach KAL here.
With the Icelandic Bind Off you are creating a stretchy bind-off that works nicely on the edge of garter stitch. It curls towards the front of the work, creating almost a reverse I-Cord effect.
You can see it in action in this video:
Read more about How To Bind Off / Cast Off.
Slip Stitch colourwork is a very easy way to create colourwork patterns. Using this technique you slip the stitches in the second colour so you are only ever working in one colour at a time.
You can find out how you slip your stitches and where you position your yarn in this video:
When you are working long stretches in a single colour in stranded colourwork it creates a very long 'float' across the back of the stitches with the second colour.
The best way of dealing with this is by 'trapping' that long float at the center of the stitches so that you don't have a very long loop that can get caught at the back of your work.
When working stranded colourwork you will need to work with at least two colours at a time. Using both of your hands to hold the yarn allows you to ensure your yarns never get crossed. In addition to this it will help keep the dominant and background colours consistent.
The yarn you hold in your left hand (as it come from below) will be the dominant colour. This is usually the main pattern stitch. The background colour will then be in your right hand. You can opt to swap these around but once you keep it consistent it works well. (I'd suggest even swatching to check which you prefer).