Knitters have a bag or box of knitting tools: tape measures, stitch holders, stitch markers, bobbins, scissors….
Other useful knitting tools are tips and resources to help you become a more confident, more creative, more knowledgeable knitter. Click on a link below to learn how. Submit your suggestions for free and non-commercial knitting tips, tools and tutorials here.
Ravelry is the largest online community of knitters and crocheters with over four million registered users. It is difficult to explain the magnitude of this wonderful knitting community. Visit and see if you agree. You can start by visiting the SDNCKG Ravelry group.
Another excellent on-line knitting place is Knitty. There are patterns, technique tutorials, history, and yarn reviews.
Vintage knitting patterns from the 1940s are available from this free digital archive. Let’s start knitting some fishnet stockings! Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum on-line for this and other fascinating patterns.
Our Guild is affiliated with The Knitting Guild Association. Visit the website of TKGA to find local guilds when you travel, to take classes and to connect with other knitters.
TechKnitting is a superb source for detailed instructions for techniques to “turn HOME MADE knitting into HANDMADE knitting.” The illustrations are amazing.
Yarn Sub is the site to visit whenever you contemplate following a pattern but substituting another yarn.
Find really helpful tips, musing with meaning and knitting inspiration at Mason-Dixon Knitting.
Consult the Craft Yarn Council whenever size matters.
Use knitters graph paper to design your pattern. Knitters graph paper more accurately reflects your different row and stitch gauges (having rectangles rather than boxes) so you get a more accurate reflection of your stitch pattern whether it is colorwork or texture.
Convert an image into a knitting pattern with Pattern Wizard.
Consult this review of knitting needles before you add to your collection.
Finish your knitting beautifully with a Bias Bind-Off.
Video and photo Tutorials We Use
Manage the tension on a finished edge with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
Graft invisibly with the Kitchener Stitch. (Learn about Lord Kitchener and how the stitch bearing his name came to be known or maybe not.)
Lorilee Beltman told us about a cool website called tracingrealbodymodels.org. She says this is a help for designing for real bodies. Lorilee downloads the drawings and prints them at about ten percent opacity so that there is enough to see while she draws on top.
Short row shaping from Kelbourne Woolens.
Free video tutorials from Myra Wood including short rows, circular cast-on for shawls and doilies, Magic Loop for center-out knitting, and easy nupps.
Learn to Knit
Knitting from the beginning! Learn how to hold your needles and yarn without needing a third hand. Learn how to make a slip knot and put stitches on a needle. Learn the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Learn the difference between garter stitch fabric and stockinette fabric.