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Thursday, March 02, 2006

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

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