Knitter's Finishing School Video Course
course is now available, a resource for all knitters, beginners,
experts, hand and machine knitters
Wouldn't you love to just relax and enjoy
the sewing up process on your knits, confident that you can assemble
them expertly? This set of videos has the information to help you make
your investment of time and materials turn out as beautifully as
possible and give your projects a "blue ribbon" finish.
This course is also a resource for when you
encounter some of the less common situations, like making
horizontal, invisible ribbing grafts. You can use this course by making
swatches and practicing the techniques, or as a reference when you need
a specific technique. Perhaps you'd like to show it at your club
meetings and then practice with your friends.
Note that I do some things in about the same way
as any other knitting teacher, but I also do a lot of things with a
different approach. Some more experienced knitters may enjoy seeing a
different way to do the job, especially if it helps make the seams
I have longed to produce a course like this for
years, as I listened to knitters talk about their finishing experiences
and their need for up-close lessons. The two DVDs have over four hours
of video lessons, all hand assembly techniques.
Stitch: In the photo, that's an underarm shot of the side seam done
with one-row mattress. Mattress is the way to get side seams that are
invisible on the right side.
I show mattress on stockinette stitch, on
reverse stockinette, on a shaped edge, and along a full-fashion decrease
edge. Later on the disk, I work it with knit one, purl one ribbing and
knit two purl two ribbing, just showing how to plan ahead or even adjust
so the ribbing forms an unbroken pattern.
Hide Yarn Ends: A lesson on hiding ends
with a needle and then one using the latch tool.
Kitchener Stitch (Grafting): Kitchener
is a stitch that acts just like a row of knitting, but is sewn in with a
needle, for a wonderful invisible seam. The videos teach purl side
grafting, knit side grafting, and Kitchener for a growth line in
children's garments. Did you know that you can graft ribbing
invisibly, as long as you can graft from waste yarn at the bottom
of a piece to waste yarn at the top? We start grafting ribbing with knit
one, purl one and go on to knit two, purl two ribbing.
Grafting Ribs Top to Top: I begin by
demonstrating the challenge of grafting pieces of knitting with open top
stitches, showing how knit one, purl one doesn't work out well if
grafted in the usual way, because the stitches will be offset by a half
stitch. Instead, there's a method called the "four-needle graft" that I
show using a waste yarn string through the stitches that gives a
virtually invisible graft.
Mobius Scarf and Garter Grafting: Garter
stitch is easy to graft invisibly, and there just had to be one project
on the disk. I have a simple, hand knitted garter stitch Mobius scarf
(with nice, big easy-to-see stitches) that I begin and end on waste yarn
and use to demonstrate the Kitchener Stitch on garter stitch.
Right Angle Seams: This is a mattress
stitch for those situations where the two pieces are quite unlike, but
you still want them to look even and tidy.
Knit 3, Purl 3 Graft Top to Top: Here's
how to deal with wider ribs that need grafted top to top.
Three-Needle Bind Off: Using knitting
needles, I demonstrate the three-needle bind-off. I call some of these
seams "dent" seams, and I like invisible ones better, but this is an
easy technique when you need a sturdy seam.
Crochet Seam Like Three-Needle Bind Off:
I demonstrate this two ways, taking the stitches off knitting needles
and also by working from waste yarn.
Zipper Installed in a Seam: Having
problems getting zippers in so they're not wavy? I baste the seam and
use that to keep the knitting from stretching out, then remove the
basting later. Just for fun, I use some Liquid Stitch to baste the
zipper fabric to the inside of the knitting (test that stuff, first,
okay? And make sure you don't get it on the coil.)
Jacket Zipper: Here's an exposed coil installation of a separating
jacket zipper, positioned with hand basting, then machine sewed.
Blocking: Here is how to use blocking
wires, pinning out to measurements, and then an explanation of several
methods of blocking. I demonstrate steam blocking.
Armhole Seam: This segment shows how to
sew in a seam with mattress stitch.
Bands and buttonholes: I show how to
pick up and knit a band along a vertical edge, how to pick one up along
a horizontal edge, and the math behind those processes. I show how to
make a doubled neckband. (Warning: I used knitting needles here,
because I wanted this course to be for all knitters.) Then I demonstrate
three garter stitch buttonholes and two ribbed band buttonholes.
PRICING: The two-DVD course is $25 plus
shipping. This course contains over four hours of high definition video
that looks crisp and clear even on a humongous television screen,
showing how to do the techniques with detailed, up-close views.
U.S. SHIPPING: We mail items each weekday using
U. S. Postal Service. In the United States, we charge $3 to ship an
order. If you need other items, you can save on shipping - when a
customer orders more than one item at the same time, additional items
are shipped free of charge. My other items are at www.dianaknits.com.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: These DVD courses
are shipped First
Class International, and the postage is $13.75 for the first
item (additional items ship free). Allow
2-3 weeks for delivery. Many countries have delivery within a
couple weeks, but some of the more distant
destinations like Australia often take the full three weeks. Your
are responsible for any customs fees, duties or VAT that your country