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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Patterns

Knitting is getting more popular again. Did you realize that knitting is the New Hip Hobby? Celebrities such as Lara Flynn Boyle, Sandra Bullock and Laurence Fishburne have made the hobby the height of chic.
Obviously I am not alone. With so much knitting information out there I was always searching around for knitting instructions, knitting patterns, free knitting patterns, information about knitting needles, knitting yarn, knitting designs etc. I was thinking wouldn’t it be great to be able to get all the knitting essentials in one book? Well I have to tell you that I have found it! Now I can get all that knitting information in one place.

The Knitting Essentials which you can get by clicking here has guidance on Knitting Patterns, Yarns, Needles, Knitting Techniques, Knitting Terminology, and so much more that I needed to know. Knitting Essentials has easy to follow knitting patterns, illustrations and photographs which I always find helpful. It shows you how to work with multiple colors and different types of knitting such as Tubular Knitting and Knitting Backwards! I didn’t even know that existed! They have very helpful knitting information such as selecting the right knitting needles, knitting patterns, yarn, or even knitting machines. They have tips on how to make your knitting look professional and still save money on yarn.

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Knitting Patterns

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Patterns

For those that want to get right to the knitting patterns but need a refresher here it is. Knitting patterns use basically two stitches, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Once you know these two knitting essentials you will be able to develop other knitting patterns which are just combinations or variations of these two knitting pattern stitches.

The Knit Stitch
Once you have cast on, hold the knitting needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand. Push the point of the right knitting needle in between the front of the first and second stitches, pointing the knitting needle to the right to feed the point through the first stitch keeping it under the left needle. The knitting yarn should be at the back of the work. Loop the knitting yarn around the right knitting needle from back to front, letting the knitting yarn rest between the needles. Catch the knitting yarn on the end on the right knitting needle and pull it through the first stitch to the front of the work. Slip the old stitch off the left needle. The new stitch is now on the right needle. This is the beginning of a knitting pattern. It is a good idea to keep the knitting yarn draped over the right forefinger, this keeps it to the back of the work too. Repeat this process until all stitches are on the right knitting needle. Now count the stitches, if they are all there, turn the right knitting needle around and put it in the left hand. This is the first row of the knitting pattern. The knitting yarn will look like it is at the front and you will now take it to the back and start the second row of transferring stitches to the empty right needle.

The Purl Stitch
The Purl stitch gives a different knitting pattern. Start with the knitting needle with the cast on knitting pattern stitches in your left hand. Your knitting yarn will be hanging in front. Push point of right knitting needle into the front of the first knitting pattern stitch from right to left. Wrap the knitting yarn around the tip of the right knitting needle, crossing over the two needles and hanging once again in front. Slide the right knitting needle down and back taking the new loop of knitting yarn from front to back, through the old stitch. Slip the old stitch off the left knitting needle. You now have a knitting pattern stitch in purl on the right knitting needle and the yarn is hanging, once again, in the front. This is the knitting pattern called purl. Repeat this process until all stitches are on the right knitting needle. Now count the stitches to make sure you haven't dropped any and turn the work around putting the knitting needle with the stitches on in your left hand to start the next row.

Well, this is my attempt to teach you how to knit in different knitting patterns using the two basic knitting stitches but I have found that it is very hard to learn a knitting pattern from a few knitting instructions. I have found a great book on the subject, much more in depth than I can be. It really helped me improve my knitting with advice on knitting patterns, knitting instructions, all the knitting essentials. You can find it by clicking here. I really suggest you take a look Good luck with your knitting.
Knitting Patterns

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Patterns

Gauge Counts
Even though you may want to jump right in there and start using a knitting pattern it is a good idea to make a knitting pattern gauge swatch. Don't skip this step, you will be sorry and it's not worth it. Half a stitch in one inch can end up making a big difference to the overall size of a sweater from a knitting pattern. Always knit the swatch in the stitch that you will use. Obviously different knitting patterns end up with different sizes so this matters. I always try to make my swatch big enough to make it a good test. I usually go for at least 4" x 4". Surround the swatch with a few rows of seed stitch knitting (knit or purl the opposite stitch of what you see facing you on odd number rows). Begin and end each row with four seed stitches as well. This stitch lies very flat and will help you measure accurately.
Needle size is much less important than tension with a knitting pattern. Some people are loose with their knitting pattern while others are tight with their knitting pattern. This can also vary from day to day with some people. You can deliberately adapt you tension to create a different knitting pattern look. Loose knitting pattern for a light open feel and tighter knitting pattern for a warmer feel. The tighter weave may feel stiffer while the more loose knitting piece may feel softer.
When you have finished the swatch let it sit for awhile. The yarn needs to relax and even out any tight spots. Now count the stitches and measure the rows per inch of knitting pattern with a cloth tape. Remember to try a measurement in a few different places. Another way is to just calculate how big the total knitting pattern swatch should be. If 16 stitches were cast on for the knitting pattern and the gauge is 4st=1" the swatch should measure 4" (don't measure the seed stitches on each end). If you are too large, try needles that are a size smaller. Or if you are too small, try larger needles. Now you have finished you can start your knitting pattern with confidence knowing that the product of your labors will actually find you!
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