5 Quick Knitting Tips from the New Series of Knitting Daily TV
A note from Kathleen: What have I learned from Knitting Daily TV? Honestly, I don't think I have the space here to list all of the incredible tips, new techniques, and pure inspiration that I've gotten from KDTV! From new ways to cast-on to working with multiple colors to machine knitting tips to designer insights, there's so much Knitting Daily TV offers!
A new season is about to premier, and I've invited associate producer Annie Hartman Bakken here to tell you all about it.
Get ready for the new season!
|Eunny Jang, your host for the 6th season of Knitting Daily TV.|
The newest season of Knitting Daily TV will begin airing on Public Television next week, unveiling the latest tips and techniques, patterns, and celebrity guests. Hosted by editor of Interweave Knits magazine, Eunny Jang once again joins experts Kristin Omdahl and Shay Pendray for thirteen episodes of fiber goodness.
This upcoming series includes a new segment called "Quick Tips." At the close of each episode, Eunny Jang gives a quick tip for knitting that can save you time and headaches. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the quick tips shared throughout the season:
Tip 1: Make pattern reading even easier with highlighters and post-it notes. Once you’ve chosen what size garment you’d like to knit, you can go through the pattern and highlight the specifics for that pattern size for quick reference while you’re knitting. Plus, you can note where you are in a pattern or changes you might have made using removable post-it notes. With these techniques for making pattern reading easier, you’ll spend less time trying to decipher your pattern and more time enjoying your knitting!
Tip 2: Learn three tips for dealing with too-short ends. In this economy, we sometimes we buy just enough yarn and then try to conserve yardage by leaving too-short of ends, which makes the weaving in of our yarn ends difficult. To combat this, try weaving your needle through the fabric before you thread it through your needle. Or, use a crochet hook. Lastly, when all else seems to fail, whip stitch your too-short tail to your fabric with sewing thread. All three of these methods leave little evidence of your yarn end, making this common knitting mistake a thing of the past.
Tip 3: Get your shaping right with difficult fibers by knitting with two balls of yarn. Sometimes fibers with varying thicknesses, such as mohair, leave much to be desired when it comes to shaping your knitwear. The variations are interesting to the eye, but often not something easily duplicated. If you’re in need of identical shaping, such as for sleeves or cuffs, Eunny demonstrates how this can be done using two balls of yarn. You won’t have to re-knit your work or fuss with shaping any longer.
Tip 4: Keep your ribbon yarn from twisting! Ribbon yarn is unique and can add decorative embellishments or features on any knitted garment or accessory, but only if you can keep it from twisting and turning while you're knitting! Since, unlike most yarn, ribbon yarn is flat, it’s important to keep the ribbon flat while knitting for the best effect. You can do this by winding your ribbon yarn onto a knitting needle, which can twist and turn as you wind it, allowing the yarn to remain flat. Then slip this little ball of yarn off your needle and place it in a small container so the yarn remains flat. Now you can focus on your stitch pattern since you’ll know the ribbon yarn will cooperate!
Tip 5: Make intarsia knitting easy with these tips for managing your yarns. Intarsia knitting produces stunning knitwear results, and it’s not as hard to master as you’d think. The one downfall to intarsia knitting is the tangled mess of yarns that ensues, especially if you’re working with many colors. Eunny shows easy tips for dealing with this “mess”. If you put your yarn on small bobbins, the weight of these bobbins can aide in the untangling of the yarn while maintaining your tension.
Seemingly simple tips such as these can make or break your knitwear; maximize your results with Eunny's advice! Her expertise is unmatched and her quick tips are valuable to knitters of all skill levels. Aside from these five tips, you’ll learn how to seam bulky knits, how to make your stranded colorwork knitting tension more controlled, how to minimize pooling with handpainted yarns, and much, much more.
Preview Knitting Daily TV Series 600 and the first episode, airing this January!
Check your local Public Television listing to see all thirteen quick tips on the latest series of Knitting Daily TV, or purchase your own copy on DVD. The DVD also includes two never-aired, in-depth bonus tutorials with Eunny: the brioche stitch and the twisted stitch.
With six hours of knitting how-to, trendsetting designer profiles, and an abundance of patterns; the latest series of Knitting Daily TV is sure to be a resource you turn to again and again.
Annie Hartman Bakken
Associate Producer of Knitting Daily TV