lk2g-004: Top 10 Tips for Ribbon Knits

Do you ever wonder what to do with ribbon yarn? In this episode we’ll cover great tips and techniques for how to knit with ribbon.

Our Book review today is Ribbon Knits by Judi Alweil

What’s on the set:

  • Confessions of a Knitting Heretic by Annie Modesitt
  • Yarns – Estelle Dazzle railroad ribbon, Cherry Tree Hill Cashcott multi-railroad, Crystal Palace Deco, Cherry Tree Hill Pisa tape ribbon, Idena Sorbe, and Online Linie 118 Vision.
  • Personal Story – Drop stitch ribbon knit jacket made with Katia Chic ribbon yarn. Knitted sleeve to sleeve of my own design. Completed Spring 2004.
  • Swatches – Cherry Tree Hill Cashcott in Spanish Moss, Schachenmayr Nomotta Scaletta, and Katia Chic Ribbon.

What am I wearing:

  • Sweater made with cotton Schachenmayr Nomotta Scaletta from Inspiration 75. The pattern is actually designed for long sleeve, however, I made it with short sleeves. Completed Spring 2006.

What are your ribbon knitting experiences? Tell us about them! Leave a comment here on the site!

13 Responses to “lk2g-004: Top 10 Tips for Ribbon Knits”

  1. 1 Becka

    Loved this episode! I have a few different types of tape ribbon (Phoenix, A-Maizing, R2 Paper) awaiting their turns in my stash. You have given me several ideas, thanks!

    Oh My, don’t I feel like a star since you read one of my comments on your cast!

    I must say, you are my fave podcast, I enjoy “seeing” rather than hearing, I’m a very visual person.

    Keep up the good work! I’m looking forward to the next episode!

  2. 2 Becka

    Hello again! You are more than welcome! I’m happy to tell everyone about your show, that’s why I made the button and linked from my blog, so all my friends will see your show!
    Looking forward to the next cast!

  3. 3 Susie

    Just finished watching your latest video. Another winner.
    I had never seen a yarn swift before so that was fun seeing it in action.
    The tips on ribbon yarn were great. I hope to try some out sometime.
    I see you have another video due out today. Can’t wait. :)
    Susie in northern NY

  4. 4 Hilda Schmilda

    Great videos! Loved that sweater you made out of ribbon yarn. Can you publish the pattern?

  5. 5 Guido From Boston

    Yarn Bra or Knee High stocking…

    I’m afraid I don’t own bra’s of stockings myself. I guess I will have to fashion some sorta jockey-ball-strap.


    Great show, your production values are wonderful. Which brings me to a request, when you tape the knitting action, can you use an angle that shows the knitting from the knitters prospective. I know this is difficult because Kat need her head for knitting, but there must be some secret to it…


    Keep up the great work.


  6. 6 Cath

    I found this while desperately seeking tips on ribbon yarn – had a moment of madness coming home after dental work (I blame the anesthetic) and bought a full bag of Cherry Tree Hill Zebra Windsong and 3 skeins of Baby Sachet.
    Once the madness wore off, the Uh-Oh set in! This Vodcast was very, very helpful and the visuals made the topic much more accessable than any book or website I’ve seen. Now I understand what some of those authors were trying to say. :-)

  7. 7 Marie Colon

    Great video. I just purchased a few different kinds of ribbon yarn from Istambul, Turkey at a great price. I wanted to make toddler, a little girl sweaters and hats. I thought it would be cute. However, can’t find a pattern. Can you give me some guidance. Thanks, Marie

  8. 8 Rayne

    HI! Just found your podcast via a link at Ravelry. :) Great show! I have some ribbon yarn in my stash for a sleeveless pullover. Haven’t even contemplated what issues I might have with it. This episode was a real eye opener. And maybe an incentive to get that swift I’ve been wanting. My ribbon yarn is in hanks that need to be wound up.

  9. 9 Chanel

    The jacket you designed is really pretty, I’d love to knit one of my own. Is there any chance you’ll add a patterns section to the website? Perhaps you could sell the patterns even. I wouldn’t mind paying a few dollars for that jacket pattern, it’s so cool.

  10. 10 Ellen


    I found this is seeking some tips for working with ribbon. I found the advice, especially about knitting into the back of the stitch very helpful. I too loved your jacket. I would love to see the pattern.

  11. 11 Martha

    I see I’m not the only one interested in that jacket you designed for ribbon yarn. Any chance we could buy a copy of the pattern. Thanks for your tips.

  12. 12 Kat

    I would LOVE the pattern for your jacket!! It is exactly what I had envisioned When I purchased some ribbon yarn. This is the first podcast I’ve watched… off to watch more!

  13. 13 Carole Sabine

    I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives great information .*;

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