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Knitting Essentials 2 DVD

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 Product Description

Make friends with your stitches and enhance your knitting experience.

This DVD is part two of Lucy Neatby's Knitting Essentials series. Part one is available here.

Here are skills that knitters should never leave home without. Everything you ever wanted to know (and more) begins with Knitting Essentials 1. It contains knitter's-eye-view shots, accompanied by Lucy's informal commentary and unique teaching methods on how to master techniques, why you might wish to use them and what exactly is going on. Control your cast-ons, try innovative bind-off methods, make increases and decreases in more than one way, apply finishing basics, pick up tips on reading your knitting and discover the hidden secrets of contented stitches.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, best selling author of \"At Knit's End\", \"Yarn Harlot\" and \"Knitting Rules!\" writes, \"These are brilliant. Chock full of reassuring common sense and clever short cuts, \"

A Knitter's Companion is what every knitter has always wanted, Lucy Neatby, warm, intelligent and funny, now forced to live in your living room.\" bind offs, cast ons, increases, decreases, finishing basics, useful miscellanea, odds and knitting in ends, rescue remedies, gauge matters, the contented stitch.

DVD Topics Include:

Bind-Off Methods

  • Modified conventional, knitwise
  • Modified conventional, purlwise and in rib
  • Three needle in brief

Cast-On Methods

  • Provisional Crochet
  • Removing the provisional edge
  • Knitting down flat
  • Knitting into a crochet chain
  • Cast-off cast-on
  • The first row after a PCCO edge
  • Working in the round down from a provisional edge

Circular Needles

  • Advantages and options
  • Casting on, joining the round and checking for twists
  • Starting the second round
  • Right or left hand yarn manipulation?
  • Two-hand training
  • Stranded knitting and working inverted
  • Simulation of circular knitting for gauge swatches

Cutting Your Knitting

  • Unplanned cutting
  • Pre-planned cutting: Setting up a steek
  • Sewing the steek
  • Preparing to cut, blocking details
  • Cutting and joyously eliminating ends
  • Finishing the cut edge: knitting up stitches and neatening the raw edge

More Finishing Basics

  • Shoulder seams and a finishing strategy including Three-needle bind-off in brief
  • Mattress stitch for side seams
  • Refinements
  • Adding more sewing yarn
  • Adjusting mis-matched edges
  • Preplanning for finishing
  • Darning in ends to seam and avoiding premature finishing
  • Why not slip your selvage stitches?
  • Mattress stitching stranded fabrics
  • Knitting up new stitches
  • Grafting stitch tops to stitch tops using waste yarn
  • Sleeve tops - setting stitches to rows using waste yarn at the top of the sleeve
  • Sleeve tops - setting stitches to rows with a bound-off sleeve edge


  • Grafting stitch tops to stitch tops using waste yarn
  • Grafting diagram to explain the ? stitch joggle
  • Grafting stitch tops to stitch tops with a vertical stripe
  • Comparison of Grafting and three needle
  • Grafting toes (Kitchener stitch): Make the sock toe chimney
  • Grafting toes (Kitchener stitch): using the sock toe chimney
  • Neatening tails in a sock Toe Chimney


  • Coil-less pins
  • Yarn butterflies
  • Wraps per inch W.P.I.
  • Running Yarn Markers / Knitting in the round on dpns
  • Slip knot
  • Threading a darning needle
  • The Contented stitch
  • Hill stitches and valley loops

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