Here are some links that
will take you directly to information & tips on knitting & crocheting - both videos and written instructions...


Long Tail Cast On & Other Cast On Techniques



Knitting Tips on Fixing Mistakes, Finishing and More

Elastic Bind Off - Good video (no audio), but an excellent way to cast off for hats, sweater necks and socks - anything that needs a lot of stretch! Another good bind off that has a lot of stretch is Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn bind off. Or you may want to check out Cat Bordhi doing Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

If you want to do a bit of reading about this type of cast off - and to see how it is done with ribbing - check out more information here.

Make 1 Left is a good way to increase a stitch and is practically invisible.

Make 1 Right is a bit trickier, but helpful to know if the slant of your increase is important.

SSK A good left slanting decrease.

How to Begin Knitting in the Round - A good way to start knitting on both circulars and DPN's.

The Mattress Stitch - an indispensable way to sew seams. This video is for using the mattress stitch on stockinette. To sew together pieces in garter stitch , check out this site - no audio, but good visual. For a bit more information on it, go to this site at

Button Loop - this is a good way to make a yarn button loop! Alternatively, you could try this method, which would take a little longer, but it looks nice.

Provisional Cast On - For any type of project that requires a temporary cast on. Often used for shawls or scarves. Lucy Neatby makes it look really easy.

Kitchener Stitch - For grafting "live" stitches which is a perfect way to finish off those sock toes.

Wrap & Turn - When working on or creating short rows. Sooner or later you're going to need it and Cat Bordhi does a great instructional video.

3 Needle Bind Off - Once you have done shoulder seams this way - you'll never go back - great finish and no sewing!

The Picot Cast On and the Picot Cast Off - a nice way to put a decorative edge to your knitting.


The Crochet Chain Stitch

How to Do a Single Crochet Stitch

How to Do a Double Crochet Stitch

A Half Double Crochet Stitch

Doing a Triple Crochet Stitch

Crochet a Circle