You can find descriptions of knitting techniques from the links on this page, or you can use the search box to search for articles.
Different knitters often use different words to describe the same thing. You will see this in the list below, where items often have an “also known as” entry. I have tried to be consistent in my use of terms within the articles in this section. Some of the terms I have chosen may not be in common use, so I have provided a list for these on the “Terminology” page.
Index to groups of topics
Preparing a project
Knitting your project
Continue in pattern
Many patterns ask you to "continue in pattern" in an area that contains increases or decreases. Reading your knitting lets you know where in the "pattern" you are keeping to start and finish ...
We all make mistakes. Counting and looking for differences between areas of your fabric (especially between repeats) are key tools to help you find any mistakes early ...
It’s more than your eyes
Reading your knitting involves more than your eyes. Touch is a very useful sense that lets you know when things might be going wrong as you are making the stitches ...
Matching what you see to the pattern
Most people follow a pattern when they are knitting. Knowing how to match the instructions in the pattern to what you see as the fabric is formed on your needles is central to reading your knitting ...
Recognising how a fabric was made
Have you seen a fabric that you like? You can use your skills in reading your knitting to help you work out how to reproduce it ...
Recognising the basics
All knitting is based on variations of two basic stitches (knit and purl, where the working yarn passes through an existing loop in the fabric) and yarn overs (where the working yarn does not pass through an existing stitch). Recognising these and their variations in your knitted fabric is a key skill for reading your knitting ...
Starting and ending
Compound half-hitch cast-ons
Aids to casting-on
Casting off (Binding off)
Maths for knitters
Calculating stitch counts