The Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library is meant to be a resource for knitters. You will find written words, plus drawings, photos, and videos, all designed to help you work knitting techniques. I am fascinated by techniques and I am always looking for the proper technique for any situation. There are often multiple variations of a single technique and that it is used differently situationally. Do not be surprised to see variations in a type of technique.
I am always toying with the language I use to describe each techniques to make it clear to knitters and it seems there is always room to improve! Language in one situation is often not sufficient in another situation, so I may modify the language within a pattern just to be sure it is applicable in that situation. Where possible, I give all versions so you may choose.
The Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library is meant to give you my version of a wide variety of knitting techniques, but my version is not the only one there is. My techniques library is populated by the techniques I use and want you to use, and I created the Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library using my wording and preferences.
Learning New Techniques
I recommend reading the words out loud to yourself recommend when working a technique for the first time. Take it step-by-step, and don’t worry if it doesn’t completely make sense the first time you try it. The words will be here in the Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library if you need them again. Of course I am a big fan of practice!
Finding Things In the Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library
I like adding in new things, and as I create new work, I find myself using familiar techniques in different ways. To that end, I have found that it makes more sense to group things, and to give a variety of uses under one topic. For instance, if you go to the knitting stitches together page it has instructions for knitting 2, 3, 4, and 5 stitches together. If you put k2tog into the search box on any of my web pages, it will search the Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library, and take you to the same page.
I am currently [October & November 2017] updating this functionality and it will be more easily accessible once we complete that!
Right and Wrong Sides / Public and Private
Most maneuvers in knitting, outside of those within stitch patterns, are done on the right side of the fabric. This is sometimes called the public side, to avoid confusion. This doesn’t mean that things can be done on the wrong side, but it is easier to keep track and creates uniformity if done from the same side of the fabric. For instance, if a decrease is called left leaning, it is referring to on the right side unless otherwise specified. Check a specific technique to be sure.
Using the Text found in the Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library
If you are teaching a class, writing a pattern, or otherwise using the techniques in the Jill Wolcott Knits® Techniques Library, please give me credit! Feel free to send others here to get information. This is a resource that supports all of my work, and represents a lot of work, so please use it respectfully.
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