Learn Knitting Finishing Techniques

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Are you frustrated with your finished knitting projects and wish that they looked better?  Knowing how to block your knitting and sew your pieces together are what makes the difference and transforms your knitting into professional looking knitwear.  But how do you learn how to properly finish your knitting?

There are some really good books that can show you how to tackle sewing different types of seams.  Finishing techniques vary slightly depending upon the type of stitches that you’re sewing together.  Having a book handy is a great resource when sewing-up a sweater, or finishing a knitted project.

Here are two books to consider.  Both receiving high marks from knitters for their instructions and illustrations.  

perfect-finishThe Perfect Finish: No Nonsense Guide to Finishing Techniques is the perfect finishing book for knitters of all levels.  Beginners will find the instructions easy to follow, while more experienced knitters will also benefit from the wealth of information contained in this book.

 

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Finishing School by Deborah Newton has a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.

One of the best parts of this book is that it discusses how to prepare your project so that finishing it goes more smoothly.  Prep work goes a long way in producing a professional looking piece.

In addition to discussing sewing knitting pieces together, doing edging, and applying buttons, this book also has patterns.

One thing to note about this book…it is not for beginners.  It is more suited for experienced knitters.

If you’re someone who likes to take classes, then an online knitting class for finishing techniques is also a great option.  An online class provides the flexibility of learning the techniques in your own time and at your own pace.  With Annie’s Online Class in Finishing Techniques, you’ll enjoy learning techniques that will help you feel more confident and comfortable when it comes to finishing your knitting.

Learn a New Method of Casting On

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Cast-on-Bind-OffDid you know that there are hundreds of ways to start and finish your knitting?  If you’ve only done a standard method of casting on, now is the perfect time to learn a new method.  Each form of casting on and binding off has pros and cons.  Some offer more stretch, while others are decorative in nature and are part of the pattern’s design.

How many ways can you cast on and bind off?  Do you have a favorite?  I use the long tail cast-on for most projects, but some patterns require a crochet cast on that can be removed after you make some progress with the pattern.  My preferred method of binding-off is a method that I learned from Lucy Neatby.  I think that it gives sweaters a professional and polished look.

Hard to believe that there are so many ways to cast on and bind off?  There are some great online tutorials to help you learn a new technique, as well as books that outline a variety of methods.  The Cast On Bind Off book by Leslie Ann Bestor outlines 54 different methods.  Reviewers agree that this book offers easy to follow instructions, along with illustrations to supplement the written instructions.  At a whopping 4.8 star rating, this book is a top-rated knitting book that is a great reference when working on any project.