I usually wet-block my knitting projects, if I block them at all, but there might be reasons that you wouldn’t want to do that. Perhaps you’re working with a delicate fiber, or the project is huge and would stretch unpleasantly …

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sewing zipper to knittingHere’s another great finishing tip if you’ve ever wanted to knit a cardigan and finish it with a zipper instead of buttons.

As Jennifer Raymond explains on the Jordana Paige blog, setting a zipper into a knit garment takes a …

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mattress stitchI love how my email swallows things. I had been saving a tutorial on mattress stitch from Tinking Turtle to share in my post on seaming during the finishing series, but I forgot about it/lost it in my email for …

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finishing schoolIt turns out I had a lot less to say about finishing than I thought I did, so if you have any questions or topics I didn’t cover let me know and I’ll get to them next week.

In the …

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knit buttonholeI admit to not being much of a cardigan knitter, and I stick with pretty basic buttonholes when I do need them, either doing a decrease or a bind off for however many stitches and then casting on stitches to …

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knit edging miraim feltonYesterday I mentioned that the easiest way to add an edging onto a knitting project — if it’s not knit as you work the rest of the project, anyway — is to crochet a border. But if you don’t …

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crochet border knittingSometimes you just want a little extra edging on a knitting project. Sure, you could pick up stitches around the edge of, say, a sweater, and knit a little lace at the bottom.

But it’s a major pain to knit …

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orgnaizing ufosThis is probably something I should have mentioned back when we were talking about unfinished project triage, but I only just thought of it today while I was cleaning up some projects that had landed on my dresser.

When you’ve …

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horizontal seam knittingThere’s one seaming situation that’s not covered by mattress stitch as we’ve talked about it so far (well, there are actually lots of situations that might not be covered by mattress stitch, but it’s a common finishing technique), and that’s …

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mattress stitch knittingI think when so many people said they were interested in information on finishing, what they really wanted to know, at least in part, was how to seam together knit pieces so they look their best. And if you’re working …

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lace blocking wiresYesterday we talked in general about how and why to block knitting projects, but there’s one case in which blocking is not optional, and that’s with lace knitting.

If you’ve knit lace before you may remember your first lace project …

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blocking knittingI will admit that I don’t always block all of my knitting projects, so I’m still impressed at how much better things look when I do.

Blocking is a really helpful step in finishing if you’re going to be sewing …

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weaving in endsOne little thing that can trip people up when they’re finishing a knit item is how to weave in the ends. I guess that’s because there’s no universally approved right way to do it (as with so much else in …

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finishing knitsI think the hardest thing about tackling your unfinished projects is just getting motivated to do them. There’s a reason you didn’t finish them in the first place, and it can be hard to get excited about them again when …

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finishing knitsNow that you’ve decided which projects you want to finish and which ones you don’t (and hopefully dealt with those you didn’t want to finish quickly and without regret) it’s time to decide how you’re going to go about finishing …

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