The more I knit, and the more I read about knitting, the more I realize how many knitting techniques I know nothing about! I’ve discovered that if you identify yourself as a knitter, at some point someone will ask you to make him something that is way beyond your capabilities. At least, that’s happened to me a few times. Usually I have to turn the person down, saying “I’m sorry, but I’m not skilled enough to do that.” One time I did actually try to knit the requested item. It didn’t turn out too badly, but I’m sure if I tried it again in about 10 years, I would do better. Here’s a true story: I posted on Twitter a link to a pattern for a knitted backpack. One of my followers posted a photo of a different backpack and said “this would be cute.” I replied that yes, it would be, but I hadn’t seen any patterns for a backpack like that. She said “Oh, but I’m sure you could whip something up yourself.” I was flabbergasted that she thought I could knit something as intricate as a backpack without a pattern! All this is to bring up a point. I think many of us are missing some kinds of information, tips, tricks, techniques, and so on that could really help us with our knitting. Over the past several weeks I have been gathering links to just such items, and now I’d like to share them with you. I hope that these will help all of our knitting projects! Tips, Tricks, Techniques, and Helpful Information for Knitters Repairing knitwear: Isn’t this a knitter’s worst nightmare? You’ve carefully invested hours into a beautiful knitting project, only to have someone (a child/dog/cat/spouse/blundering foolish knitter AKA yourself) rip it, snag it, or otherwise mess it up. This article shows you how to repair many different kinds of damage. Counting rows: Even if you meticulously keep a row counter updated, life happens: the doorbell or phone rings, the dog needs to be let outside, a child screams, and suddenly your studious row-counting is interrupted. Fear not: this article shows you how to count rows even if you’ve lost track. Reading charts: Do you find charts intimidating? You won’t after you read this very helpful article all about the art of reading charts. Picking up stitches: Many patterns that call for picking up stitches seem to assume every knitter knows how many to pick up and how to space them properly. If you struggle with this, here’s an article that can help. Testing the draping of your knitted swatch: Do you often substitute yarn when you knit a pattern? (Confession: I do. Often.) If so, you’ll definitely want to read this. Yarn weight and fiber aren’t the only considerations when substituting yarn; drape is a very important consideration as well. This article explains why and how to test for drape. I hope you’ll find some if not all of this information helpful. I think we can always learn more about knitting techniques to make us better knitters!