I love the book Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter. It is appropriate for the beginning knitters or the advanced knitter wanting a social knitting project, and she's filmed videos on each of the skills in the book. The patterns are presented in an easy-to-follow format, and they're so fun to knit!
The Zipper join is a great way to piece 2 squares of knitted or crocheted fabric. This is actually a crochet method that does not leave a lot of bulk on the back side of your fabric. Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shares this clever knitting and crochet technique in a short video tutorial.
The mattress stitch is arguably the best way to seam handknit projects. Whether we're talking sweater pieces or blocks for an afghan, mattress stitch joins pieces simply and beautifully. This tutorial is especially timely for those who've been participating in the Building Blocks and Building in Color groups. I know several of the ladies in the Tuesday evening Open Knitting Group are doing one or both of those and several of them haven't done mattress stitch before. This tutorial is for you! Shelly recently brought her Building Blocks pieces in to our Tuesday group to show off and get some help with putting everything together.