I've been meaning to post for ages and let you know that I've been adding lots of new tutorials, and now that pile has grown somewhat!
The landing page is the best place to find them all, but I haven't yet figured out how to make it active by simply clicking on Tutorials in the header (something I loved in SS5 and is sorely missing in SS7). Fear not though, as I'm keeping the page up to date with links to all of the methods.
And there are new pages! I've since added Grafting, Garter Stitch, Short Rows, Slipped Stitches, Cables and probably a few more I've not mentioned before. As there are rather a lot, here's an overview below, and feel free to go and have a rummage through the pages.
German Short Rows
I've only recently started to explore this method, and didn't want to recommend it until I'd learnt how they grafted, how much they differed to the wrap and turn method, and the best situations to use them. Currently I have PDF tutorials for GSR in garter stitch, and for grafting GSR in garter stitch. Further more, I've short video clips for each, too!
(I really want to expand on the blurb for the IG videos... "Short knitting tutorial video clips - ideal for slow internet connections, limited bandwidth or those who like their info succinct. No music, no talking, no time wasting - just straight to the point." but figured that sounded a little off)
GERMAN SHORT ROWS IN GARTER STITCH knit up to & including the stitch that will become the short row (which would be the equivalent of the stitch that's wrapped in the W&T method), turn work, slip the first stitch and take the yarn over the back and pull it very tight. Then knit remaining stitches as directed, keeping the first stitch after the short row at a tight tension. When you come to knit across the short row you will see that the stitch appears to have two legs (the result of pulling the stitch right over the needle - otherwise known as a double stitch) - simply insert the needle and knit both legs together as if they were one stitch. There's also a PDF tutorial on my website to go with this, should you prefer. And next up there'll be a video for grafting across German short rows in garter! #woollywormheadtutorials #instavideo #learnitwithwoolly #garterstitchftw #shortrowsftw #shortrows #germanshortrows #garterstitch #knitstagram #knittingtechniques #knittersofinstagram
I do like this method, it has advantages and disadvantages just like any other method. It's not as invisible in garter stitch, it gives a more pronounced look, which is not necessarily a bad thing. And I don't think it will be as adaptable in 2 sided stitch patterns or blend as easily (the main reason I ran with w&t for Going Straight). It is easier to graft though, which is a huge bonus as grafting w&t can be fiddly. Like most knitting techniques, there isn't a right or wrong method. As long as you understand what your stitches are doing and are happy with the result, it's all good.
I'm enjoying these right now. So simple in their concept yet so effective. And I really like them with garter stitch.
SLIPPED STITCH SELVEDGE FOR GARTER STITCH a great decorative edge that can be worked along one or both edges of garter stitch when working flat. It also looks great when combined with slipped stitch columns on multi-directional pieces. Knit to the last stitch, bring your yarn from the back to the front, slip the last stitch of the row purlwise (I.e. slip from left hand needle to the right) then turn your work. Knit the first stitch at the beginning of the next row and carry on knitting to the end! Don't forget that if you're working this selvedge on both edges to stop one stitch from the end and repeat. There's a photo tutorial PDF on my website to accompany this video. Enjoy! Video editing by @atomic235 and yarn kindly provided by @weareknitters #learnitwithwoolly #instatutorial #instaknit #knittech #garterstitchftw #garterstitch #knittingtechniques #igvideo #woollywormheadtutorials #woollywormhead
There's more to follow on this method, and the PDFs can be on the Slipped Stitches page. I'm working on a very special project that involves slipped stitches and grafting and sideways knitting, but I'll talk more about that another time!
We finally had the chance to shoot some short videos for Cabling Without a Needle, and the first has just gone live. The PDF tutorial was published years ago, but once we started with the IG videos I knew this was one I wanted to cover. The second tutorial is due in a few days.
CABLING WITHOUT A CABLE NEEDLE - RIGHT TWIST this example is a 4st cable, a C2B in #woollywormhead patterns. Insert your needle tip into the 2nd pair of stitches following the 1st pair on the left hand needle; gently slide the stitches over so that the first pair of stitches drop off & the 2nd pair are firmly on the right hand needle. With the tip of your left hand needle grab these 2sts, slip back the 2sts from the right hand needle, & knit across all 4sts - one right twist 4st cable worked 😃 #learnitwithwoolly #instatutorial #instavideo #knitteachersofinstagram #knittingtechniques #cables #knittedcables #texturedknits #cablingwithoutacableneedle #knittersofig #knittersofinstagram
There will be overlap between the pages, which is how it should be I think. I like the way I can expand on the methods and topics, rather than have things cramped or layered under pages - it's easy to navigate, and you can get straight to where you want to.
If anyone is concerned that they don't have an IG account but still want to watch the videos - you can! They will play on the page as you view them, within this website, and if you want to click through and read the discussion, clicking on the comment's bubble at the bottom of the frame will open a new window in your browser where you can read the discussion and view at a larger scale. You only need an IG account if you wish to comment or follow along directly.
On the RSI and trapped nerve front, I have more movement and less pain than I had a week ago! Regular exercises, lots of breaks, painkillers, ice packs and more has helped. I am still working (albeit slowly), I have to, and it's great to see improvement. I am a bit bored though, as I really want to dive into things but I'm holding back so as to not make anything worse. Patience was never my virtue, as we know...