Category: Fichers Techniques

Knit Loop Increase

Why the loop increase ?

The loop increase is often used in knitting patterns. It is an almost invisible method, it gives a beautiful rendering to your work. It is ideal for symmetrical increases.

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Elastic Cast On for 1/1 Rib

Why this method?

I show you a more suitable method for cast on 1/1 ribbing. This method is extensible and gives a nice finish compared to the classical technique.

It’s especially easy if you already know the cable cast on.


1. Make 1 loop on your left needle.

2. Insert the right needle in front of the loop and knit, place this formed stitch on the left needle. You get 2 stitches.

3. With yarn in front, insert your right needle from back to front between the last two stitches and purl, place this formed stitch on the left needle. You get 3 stitches.

4. With yarn in back, insert the right needle from front to back between the last two stitches and knit, place this formed stitch on the left needle. You get 4 stitches.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to the desired number of stitches.

On the next row, knit stitches as in picture above. Normally, the first stitch is a knit stitch and then purl stitch if you have a even number of stitches.

Elastic Bind Off for Ribbing

It’s always a bit of a headache to bind off ribbing, because when you use the classic technique, it means to bind off stitches one by one as it is, it’s simple but the result is not pretty and lack of flexibility.
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German short rows

German Short Rows is a perfect method for short rows, it is easy and almost invisible on your knitting. I use this technique for most of my patterns, so I strongly recommend it.
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Star stitch

In my last pattern Ciel étoilé, I used the star stitch. It’s a very nice stitch.

It requires a number of stitches multiple of 4 + 1.

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Knit a bobble

A bobble is a fancy stitch made by knitting with several increases on a stitch, then decreasing to a stitch. I explain here a bobble of 5 stitches.

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Alternate cable cast-on for 2×2 ribbing

You may already know the cable cast-on method. It is a method that I use all the time, which consists of knitting the stitches. I do not like to cast on the stitches with my fingers as long-tail cast on because you always have to plan some lengths, it’s difficult to give a precise measure especially when you have a lot of stitches to cast on.

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Provisional Cast On

The Provisional Cast On allows to knit in both directions without pick up stitches. There are several methods for privisional cast on. Here, you will see how to do a it with a hook.

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Video Tutorial: Bind off the ribbing

Like you, I often finish my sweaters with ribs for the sleeves or the buttonhole band or something else. You can see that it’s always a bit of a challenge to bind off the ribs, because when you bind off with the classic technique, that is to say bind off stitches one by one as it is, it’s simple but the rendering is not pretty and lacks flexibility.
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I-cord edge stitch

I-cord edge stitch, a good technique to obtain a more sharp and regular border on your knitting. You can knit an i-cord for the finishing of the neck, the sleeves or other.

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