Knitting Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Knitting Techniques/Problems

Swatching in the round vs. flat
Olive Knits patterns generally call for swatching done flat.  Marie has always swatched for her garments flat. That being said she has also mentioned th...
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 1:37 PM
Sweater Sizes: What numeric sizing (1, 2, 3, etc.) means and how it relates to your measurements
A sweater is a garment, so it's important to understand ease and your own measurements so that you can make accurate decisions about which size to make....
Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 8:21 AM
This is my gauge. What size should I knit?
As much as we would love to take this decision off your hands, you are the best person for the job of deciding the right size for you to knit. The pattern i...
Tue, Jan 4, 2022 at 11:25 AM
Understanding Gauge — here are a few things to keep in mind:
If your gauge is close, but not quite where it needs to be, always adjust your needle size and try swatching again. If your gauge is a higher number tha...
Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 12:16 PM
What can I do about underarm gap?
Gaps under the arm are a natural happenstance when knitting a top-down seamless sweater. This video can help you solve the issue —
Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 2:49 PM
What do I do with the last stitch when binding off in the round?
Tue, Dec 7, 2021 at 1:02 PM
What is a stretchy bind-off?
Marie Greene of Olive Knits guides you through this detailed knitting tutorial for the variation on a classic stretchy bind off.  
Tue, Dec 7, 2021 at 1:50 PM
​What is alternate gauge? How do I use alternate gauge in a pattern?
In some cases, an Olive Knits pattern may include an alternate gauge option that provides a secondary set of finished measurements if you were to knit the p...
Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 4:07 PM
What is crunchy wool?
"Crunchy" is a term that we often use to describe natural wool that is minimally processed and may be a bit more rugged or "scratchy" th...
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 2:16 PM
What to Do if Your Gauge is Too Big
Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 11:33 AM