Apparently 2015 is the year of the video tutorial for Hands Occupied! I’m doing more video tutorials than ever as part of the Knewbies (knitting 101) series, and I’ve recently booked some new gigs to add to the ole yarn craft resume. I’m super excited to announce that I’m going to be a regular host for Allfreeknitting‘s YouTube channel! I’ve also booked another knitting & crochet-related hosting gig that I can’t quite tell you about just yet, but I’ll share more on that – and more videos, tutorials and patterns I design for it – later!
Once a month, I bop over to Allfreeknitting headquarters, located in Chicago’s suburbs. They have a cute little studio for shooting craft and cooking videos in their offices, and their video production guy is super easy to work with. These are the first knitting videos I’ve ever done that aren’t totally shot by me, and they are the first with my face in them. I definitely have some notes for myself on how to improve for next month’s shoot, but if you guys have any ideas (even on what to wear – I was kinda at a loss!), I’d love to hear them in the comments. And don’t worry, I’ll still be making videos for my own YouTube channel, they’ll just not be quite as fancy fance as the AFK videos!
How to knit basic drop stitch
Learn how to knit the basic drop stitch in this easy knitting tutorial. The airy drop stitch is perfect for creating lightweight summer accessories, such as scarves, cowls and shawls.
How to knit garter slip stitch
Learn how to knit the garter slip stitch in this tutorial. This stitch is really great for getting a nice dense piece of fabric with little pearl bumps on it that create a subtle zig zag motif. This can make a really cool clutch or, with chunky yarn or rope, you can even make a doormat! Check it out!
How to knit diagonal basketweave stitch
Learn how to knit the diagonal basketweave stitch! This stitch, just like its name, looks like a woven basket. The interwoven stitches are constructed in such a way that they make the stitch very dense and warm. This motif would make a great men’s sweater!
PS: In addition to what you think of my first attempt at being on camera (gotta work on my shifty eyes!), let me know if there are other stitches or techniques you’re dying to see demoed on video. I’m part of the decision making process behind what stitches end up in these videos, and I’d love to share what you’d like to see!