Tutorials

I am slowly adding links to the multi-part tutorial and informational series I’ve posted to String.  All the series below are available on site, but the un-linked ones may take a bit of digging to find.  Apologies for the delay!

  • Introduction to Yarn Labels – How to read yarn labels, what info can be found on them, plus a comparison between labels produced for the European market and some standard American examples.
  • Translating Between Knitting in the Round and Knitting Flat
  • Graphing Knitting Patterns – An eight-part series explaining how to take written, prose instructions and turn them into standard notation knitting charts, with the side benefit of understanding how charts work, and how to knit from them.  Covers the dreaded grey boxes (the stitches that aren’t there), variable stitch counts, working in the round vs. working flat, and graphing complex lace patterns.  The MS Visio stencils used to create this series are available below.
  • Charting with Visio – Created for those who want to use Microsoft Visio to chart knitting patterns, this offering includes free MS Visio stencils for common knitting symbols, and is a companion to the Graphing Knitting Patterns series for those who want to use MS Visio to create their own charts.
  • Charting with GIMP – While this eight-part tutorial was created to for those interested in graphing line unit patterns for linear embroidery styles (double running, backstitch, etc.) it’s also of use to those who want to use GIMP – an open source/free graphics platform – to chart block unit graphs for cross stitch, needlepoint, lacis, filet crochet (or filet knitting), or colorwork knitting.  GIMP 108 includes pre-built templates for linear and block unit patterns.
  • Double Running Stitch Logic – Double running (aka Holbein Stitch, Spanish Stitch) can be daunting, especially on complex designs because it is worked in two passes.  This three-part series attempts to explain the “main road plus detours” system I use, and includes how to parse patterns to determine whether or not they can be worked totally double-sided, and how to key working areas off previously done and proofed areas, to minimize errors.
  • Long Lost Twins – Embroidery Motifs Duplicated among Museum Collections
  • Gadgets

7 responses

  1. I wanted to pass on your tutorial for the modular log cabin technique, but the link appears to be broken! It’s a wonderful way to avoid sewing up. I’ve used it for an afghan like yours, for an afghan that was supposed to be done in strips, and for joining the quarters of my Blues version of the Rambling Rows Afghan. Thank you for it.

    1. Apologies! Except for the project listings at the right, all of the links broke when we ported the entire site to WordPress. The entire Modular Log Cabin Baby Blanket project can be found here: https://string-or-nothing.com/category/project-knitting/modular-log-cabin-blanket/

      The specific post that details the pull-through join method is here:

      https://string-or-nothing.com/2009/01/15/log-cabin-modular-blanket-working-method-and-crocheting-on/

      If you land at a broken link page you should get a search box. If all else fails, please accept my apologies for the inconvenience, and type in a phrase to look for the missing content. It should turn up because everything since 2004 was copied over. And if THAT fails – do exactly this. Send me a note and I’ll ferret out the missing stuff for you.

      Happy knitting, K.

  2. This is great I opened a link from Mary Corbin to find this treasure new to knitting I had no idea these kinds of beautiful objects could be created not sure how to download I think I should buy tis in hard copy

    1. Hi Myra. I’m not sure what of my materials you are looking for in hard copy. However, although I will eventually be selling my upcoming book The Second Carolingian Modelbook through an as yet unselected publication on demand service, I do not intend on selling any of the patterns or publications currently listed on this site that way. Everything on String at this moment is free. Click on the links (the highlighted document names or accompanying pictures) and follow the standard browser dialogs to save a copy on your local disk. Enjoy – K.

  3. Howdy! I very much wanted to get a hold of your crochet-on tute, even used waybackmachine to get there, but alas and alack, the photos are not available. Is there any way to access that tutorial, please? I’m dying to learn that method!

    Thanx much!

    This is the link that does not bring up anything in and of itself:
    https://string-or-nothing.com/2006/10/06/WORKINGREPORTCRAZYRAGALAN.aspx

    1. Hi Diana. A while back when we ported String to the current host, all of the previous links were broken. There were thousands, and I don’t have time to track them all down – even internally. Apologies for the inconvenience. The piece you are looking for his here: https://string-or-nothing.com/2006/10/06/working-report-crazy-ragalan/

      For the record, there is a search box on the main page, and on the “I can’t find it” page. Page names remained stable. If you enter part of it (usually the part in caps), you should be able to find the errant material.

  4. FANNNNtastic! Many thanx!

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