This is how we dip (a dip stitch video tutorial)

Dip stitches add a terrific textural element to the surface of your hand knits, and offer lots of possibility for play — and they are the featured technique for this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern, the Apple Twizzle Hat by Thea Colman. Today’s video tutorial will teach you how to work them!

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Four reasons to love the tubular cast on (+ a video tutorial that shows you how to do it)

This month’s Boost Your Knitting project is all about mastering the tubular cast on in the round. I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of the tubular cast on in the past, but if I still haven’t convinced you to give it a go, here are four reasons you should take the plunge (it’s easy – I’ll show you how).

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Be the boss of your knitting: fixing mistakes in lace

Every knitter has been there … you’re happily working away, watching your beautiful knitting grow when you spot it: a mistake. Maybe it’s two rows back. Maybe it’s twenty. Maybe you can live with it, but maybe it’s noticeable enough that it’s going to bug you. Today’s video tutorial will show you how to fix pesky mistakes in your lace knitting – with no frogging required!

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All Sewn Up!

When Nancy Marchant’s Bramen Cowl was released this month, I was excited to see it made use of a sewn cast off, a personal favourite of mine. Sewn cast offs have a lot to recommend them. They tend to be stretchy, so you won’t end up with a cowl that won’t fit over your head. They’re a fabulous match for a long tail cast on. And I find the sewn action of the cast off pleasing and meditative to work.

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There's more than one way to two-colour long-tail cast on!

A few weeks ago, we shared a video tutorial detailing the two-colour long-tail cast-on method, which is used in this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern, the Bramen Cowl. As with many knitting techniques though, there’s more than one way to accomplish this cast on. Today let’s take a look at another approach, which uses both hands and is sometimes known as a “thumb method” long-tail cast on.

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The Magic of a Two-Colour Long-Tail Cast On

I love the joyful feeling that comes from learning something new. There’s a real satisfaction in delving into a completely new technique, and emerging some hours later feeling like you’ve got it. But there’s a special rush that comes from learning a new tip or trick that builds on previous knowledge, that you can almost immediately grasp, and that leaves you wondering hey, why didn’t I think of that? I had just that sort of light bulb moment when learning how to work the two-colour long-tail cast on for the Bramen Cowl, this month’s Boost Your Knitting pattern.

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