Articles How to substitute successfully Searching for yarns on YarnSub Knitting and crochet books of 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 Past newsletters Fiber Cashmere — How to choose a quality cashmere yarn. Mercerized cotton — A fresh look. Silk — How to get the most out of this luxurious fiber while avoiding disaster. Superwash — Is superwash the only machine-washable wool? Untreated wool — Why you should consider untreated wool for your next project. Texture Blown yarns — Are they any good? Ply structure — Differences between plied yarns. Twist — The difference between Z-twist and S-twist, and what it means for your knitting and crocheting. Techniques Center-pull balls of yarn — How to make them and why you'd want to. How do you hold your knitting? — How knitting in more than one style improved my knitting life! A better cable cast-on — Fix the rounded corner of a cable cast-on. Final bind-off stitch — Tidy up the bind-off corner. Adding twist to splitty yarns — A simple change to stop yarns untwisting as you work them. Capturing the colors of a skein — An unusual way to knit a multicolored yarn. Knitting backwards — A way to avoid purling in stockinette stitch. Increasing and decreasing K2Tog-L — The only left-leaning decrease you'll ever need. KFSB — A neater, easier alternative to a KFB increase. Make 1 (M1) increase — Right-leaning, left-leaning, knit side, purl side. Intarsia tips Intarsia cast-on — How to make vertical lines of color starting from a neat cast-on edge. Neater intarsia — A simple fix for untidy stitches around a vertical color change. Joining yarn Compendium of yarn joins — Methods of adding new yarn and when to use them. Twist-and-Weave — Add a new color without leaving holes or knots. Short rows Double short rows — Two short rows at the same stitch for interesting design possibilities. All about gauge How to knit a swatch and why we strongly recommend swatching Getting gauge — Why you should wet block gauge swatches. Three balls or four? — What you should know about the way gauge affects yardage. Stretch-blocking — How far can you stretch a knitted piece without it looking awful? Guest articles Anna Feldman — The magic of learning to knit.