Article: Show Your Bias!

“As knitters we seem predisposed to knit scarves and shawls and garments widthwise, in horizontal rows. The knitting mimics the structure of woven cloth, with horizontal weft threads under and over vertical warp threads. What happens if we take this construction and rotate it 45 degrees? We see diagonal lines, and diagonal lines grab the eye, creating an illusion of movement which flatters the figure.”

Accompanying Project: Naturally Biased Scarf

Creative Knitting, May 2007, Volume 29, No. 3

Article: Double Increases: And Then There Were Three

“Increases add stitches to our work and decreases take them away. They enable us to knit beyond rectangles, and to fashion sweaters and socks, hats and hedgehogs. Their appearance may contribute much toward a stitch pattern’s distinctive look. Double increases are the means to creating three stitches where only one existed before.”

Accompanying Project: Double Increase Shawl

Creative Knitting, September 2007, Volume 29, No. 5

Article: Double Decreases: From 3 to 1

“Double decreases are the means by which we turn three stitches into one. Like double increases, double decreases enable us to knit beyond the basics, help us shape garments and create distinctive fabrics. They are one of the foundation elements of the recent mitered square knitting craze.

Accompanying Project: Mighty Mitered Bag

Creative Knitting, November 2007, Volume 29, No. 6

Article: Tripping the Chevron Fantastic

“By strategically placing increases and decreases you can make interesting chevron patterns! Bias or diagonal fabrics can be created by adding a stitch at one end of the work and taking a stitch away at the other. Adding at the beginning and removing at the end of all right-side rows makes the work slant to the right, while the converse makes fabric which slants to the left. What happens if we set these two strips side by side with their decrease ends together?”

Accompanying Project: Chevron Fantastic Afghan

Creative Knitting, January 2008, Volume 30, No. 1

Article: Get the Lowdown on Short Rows

“Short rows let us create sock heels that fit our heels, work shoulders without the ugly stepped bind offs, and put darts right where we need them. What exactly is a short row? Not a row with less height than its brethren; in point of fact, short rows add height. The “short” of it is in the number of stitches worked, in width. Short rows are partially worked rows, rows turned and worked back before the final stitch is reached.”

Accompanying Project: All About Short Rows Scarf (2008); All About Short Rows Scarf (2010)

Creative Knitting, March 2008, Volume 30, No. 2

Article: Cast On Options—Knitted-On and Picots

“Casting on creates the foundation stitches of our knitting. Most knitters cast on in the same way they were taught when they learned to knit. But there is a whole world of other cast ons out there to explore. Becoming familiar with them and their characteristics enables the knitter to make appropriate choices when a pattern itself gives little or no guidance.”

Accompanying Project: Take It Easy Tee (photo unavailable)

Creative Knitting, July 2008, Volume 30, No. 4

Article: Classic and Cable Cast Ons

“This issue’s Skill Booster continues our conversation about cast ons. We’re going to discuss two more basic cast ons, the “long tail” and cable cast ons. The first, while a bit difficult to master, produces a nice elastic edge and is a good general purpose cast on. The second is similar to the knitted-on cast on we discussed last issue, but has a different appearance. Like the knitted-on cast on it can be used to add stitches at the beginning of a row.”

Accompanying Project: Hats with Earflaps

Creative Knitting, September 2008, Volume 30, No. 5

Article: A Small Circumference Alternative

“Baby hats, gloves, sleeves, socks—they’re all too small to knit in the round with the standard 16-inch circular needle. Traditionally these items have been worked on short double-pointed needles. However, what is a circular needle but a double-ended needle with a bit of flex in the middle? Two circular needles (two 24-inch optimally, but a 16-inch and 24-inch will do) can easily be used to knit small circumferences, and in a much more comfortable fashion than the usual stack of three or four sticks.”

Accompanying Project: Christmas Stocking

Creative Knitting, November 2008, Volume 30, No. 6