Lauria spends a whole lot of time answering emails from our sample knitters and from our customers who have questions about specific techniques called for in knitting patterns. That may not sound like a difficult task, but it can be a bit like trying to tell someone how to perform a delicate heart operation via email.

Thank God for the internet, home to some of our very favorite knitting tutorials. Here are links to some of the best.

The difference between “pick up stitches” and “pick up and knit”, and how to do both. By the Yarn Harlot, our very own high priestess.

Picking up stitches for button bands

How to pick up the right number of stitches for a button band. From Knitty.

Fixing mistakes in cable knitting without frogging back. By the Yarn Harlot. (Scroll down to find it.)

Very cool picot cast on.

Very cool picot cast on. (Not in English but the photos are pretty clear.)

Bickford Stitch - makes an invisible vertical flat seam

Bickford Stitch – makes an invisible vertical flat seam. I love this one!

Crocheted i-cord.

Frills and Ruffles tutorials

Everything you ever wanted to know about knitting frills and ruffles.

Set in sleeve tutorial

Want a perfect set-in-sleeve seam? Here’s how! From the brilliant Amy Herzog.

Keeping the Facing of a Sweater Flat

Keeping the Facing of a Sweater Flat. From our friends at WEBS.

Double Yarn Over

Double Yarn Overs

All kinds of increases-- a tutorial

Everything you ever wanted to know about increases. From Twist Collective.

Intro to Intarsia Knitting

An intro to Intarsia Knitting. From Purl Bee.

The Russian Bind Off

The Russian Bind Off. (Okay, I’ve never used this one but the name is so great!)

Blocking Lace: a tutorial

Our very favorite lace blocking tutorial! By Eunny Jang.

Short Rows Tutorial

Everything you ever wanted to know about short rows. From Purl Bee.

Do you have any favorite knitting or crochet tutorials? We’d love to add them to the list.