Alanis Tips

On this page you’ll find tutorials for each of the techniques used in the Alanis top! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Also, check out my “Alanis: Behind the Design” blog post series! This page reviews the following techniques:

Long-Tail Cast-On

I like using the thumb method of this cast-on. I have a video tutorial below!

Icord Edging

When you’re first starting Alanis, you work the back and front hems separately and each of them have a slip stitch/icord edge on each side. On this page, I have a tutorial all about icord edging (including a video) – for reference, the type of icord I use in Alanis is version 2.

Inset Pocket

For a visual of how the pocket lining is attached to the body (in the ‘Pocket Setup and Insertion’ section), click here for my tutorial page.

Knitted-On and Purled-On Cast-Ons

Check out my video tutorial below for how to work the knitted-on and purled-on cast-ons techniques. This is used in the first rows after the “Underarm Divide” in the Alanis pattern:

Sloped Bind-Off Neck Shaping:

The neckline features a sloped bind-off technique. I also used this technique in my Azalea sweater – you can click here to watch my video tutorial from that project!

Wrap & Turn Short Rows:

To shape the shoulders, short rows are used. I use wrap and turn short rows. Check out my part 1 video that shows how to the do the actual “wrap and turn” and here’s my part 2 which shows how to work the wraps as you reach them (at the end).

Three Needle Bind-Off:

Each shoulder is “seamed” together using the three needle bind-off technique. My below video shows you how this technique is worked:

Seaming down pocket linings:

Check out my photo tutorial here for how to seam down your pocket linings.