Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Knitting Help is Here!

NobleKnits Knitting Doctor
The Knitting Doctor is In!
Stuck on a stitch? Confused about pattern directions? Need someone to explain a knitting term or technique?
Ask our in-house knitting expert, Donna Pelzar!

Who is Donna Pelzar?
Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Browse New Street Knitter Patterns

Reasons you may want to contact the Knitting Doctor
  • I don't understand a knitting term
  • I need help converting needle sizes from mm to US sizes
  • I'm stuck on a knitting pattern and need it explained
  • I'm not sure if this yarn will work with my pattern
  • Did I purchase enough yarn?
  • How do I knit in the round?
  • I'm scared to try a new technique and just want to ask a few questions
  • Whatever your question, Donna is a helpful friend who wants you to have knitting success!
How can I get in touch with the knitting doctor?

      Click here to Ask the Knitting Doctor

Other ways to contact the Knitting Doctor
  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Email me! Email the KnitDocDonna (at) NobleKnits (dot) com
  3. Call Toll Free - 1-866-865-6487, ext. #2 for the Knitting Doctor (Available Monday-Friday 12-5pm EST)
  4. Contact Donna via Skype: donna.pelzar
  5. On Ravelry as KnitDocDonna
Happy knitting!


  1. What is the pattern for that fantastic cowl she's wearing!?

    1. Hi Bonney,
      Donna is wearing one of her {very popular} designs, the Bobble and Eyelet Infinity Scarf. Here's a link to it on our website: http://www.nobleknits.com/new-street-knitter-bobble-and-eyelet-infinity-scarf-mobius-knitting-pdf-pattern/

  2. Anonymous12/15/2012

    I have been knitting and crocheting for 20 odd years. Have never seen or heard of the instruction to M1 st. What is it, how does it work and please explain! This is the most beautiful scarf I have ever seen. cabarabol@yahoo.com

  3. I have a pattern in mind that calls for mercerized cotton, gauge 14st/18rows = 4" in ST st. I can find no place on the site that tells me if today's sale yarn (a tie-died cotton yarn) is mercerized and what the gauge is. Where is this information located? Thank you very much.

  4. kmck3@hotmail.com

    Need help with Berroco link pattern scarf do unstand pattern terms row 1 (k1, yo) and Row2 p1, drop yo

  5. Anonymous7/01/2013

    I have knitted The Tree of Life pattern for a throw. A border is made and then attached to the throw. I am wondering if there is a way to pick up a stitch from the edge of the afghan to join with the first stitch of the border to attach as I knit?

    1. Donna Pelzar, the Knitting Doctor!7/03/2013

      There sure is! Actually, this is the nicest way to join any type of border to your work. Here is how I do it. Work your border up to the last stitch. Move this un-worked stitch to the right hand needle, pick up a stitch at the upper right hand side of the work, return the un-worked stitch to the left hand needle and knit both of these stitches thru the back loop. Continue to do this all the way around until you are back at your starting point! Let me know how this works out for you

  6. Anna Trivette3/28/2014

    I have been knitting for about 10 years now and have never understood what gauge really is. I'm afraid to try a pattern that requires it because it is so confusing. Is there a simple way to do it?

    1. Hi Anna - My apologies. Somehow I missed your question. I'll be happy to explain gauge. Gauge is nothing more than the number of stitches to an inch. Each fiber you select will have the number of stitches (usually over 4 inches) and the recommended size needle to get that number of stitches per inch (or 4 inches). This is what determines the dimension of your project. Don't be afraid to venture out and try a pattern. Pick something you like and then you can reach me at donna@nobleknits and I'll walk you through it. Once you do your 1st pattern it's smooth sailing to try another pattern.

  7. Janet Holliday3/29/2014

    I would like to thank Donna for her help on the phone. I bought some lovely silk mohair and wool yarn, both lace weight. Oh, did I have some struggles....kept making mistakes and try ripping out that mohair. The other issue with the wool yarn was it was black and I couldn't see the stitches. She gave me solutions to help me with both. She is so pleasant and friendly and knowledgeable...she hangs the moon for me! Thanks so much, Donna!