Knitting Increases An increase is simply adding a stitch to the knitting. Consider all of the ways you could create a new loop of yarn on the needle. Each way is likely to have been named and used by someone. The sampler below contains both increases and decreases. Make One Away This doesn't match the right side absolutely perfectly, but it is just fine for beginners. view continental videoview english video This is the easiest increase. Make One Left view continental videoview english video This creates the exact same stitch as Make One Away, it just does it tighter and more invisibly. Knit Right Loop view continental videoview english video This increase, paired with KLL, is ideal if you ever need to do two symmetrical increases in adjacent stitches. I don’t, however, like this increase in most applications: When used on alternate rows over several rows, as is often called for with increases, the knitting pulls in a bit along the increase line. In my sample I knit KLL followed by KRL.
Standards & Guidelines for Crochet & Knitting The publishers, fiber, needle and hook manufacturers and yarn members of the Craft Yarn Council have worked together to set up a series of guidelines and symbols to bring uniformity to yarn, needle and hook labeling and to patterns, whether they appear in books, magazines, leaflets or on yarn labels. Our goal is to make it easier for industry manufacturers, publishers and designers to prepare consumer-friendly products and for consumers to select the right materials for a project and complete it successfully. Included are: We urge manufacturers, publishers and designers, to adopt these guidelines. We received valuable input from allied associations in the United States, such as The National NeedleArts Association, the Crochet Guild of America, and The Knitting Guild Association, as well as designers and consumers.
Heels by Number heels by number Disclaimer: I have not personally turned each of these heels using the number of stitches indicated, but the numbers should work. If you encounter any problems, I would appreciate being advised by mail to email@example.com Note: You can also start turning the heel on a purl row, and many people prefer to do so. I actually do either, depending on the pattern I'm working on. End the heel flap ready to start a wrong side row. The math involved in these heels is not hard once you understand how the heel is shaped: V heel - work across half the heel flap, decrease, work one stitch and turn; work one stitch, decrease, work one stitch and turn; work to gap, decrease, turn, etc. Round heel - work across half the heel flap plus two stitches, decrease, work one stitch and turn; work five stitches, decrease, work one stitch and turn; work to gap, decrease,turn, etc. Acknowledgements: I must also thank Holly Doyne for patiently taking the time to explain the Band heel for me - twice.
Knitty Socks Repeat these last two rows until all the stitches have been worked. The right side will be facing. Knit 1 row on all stitches. For the mathematically inclined, the number of stitches you have now is x/6+2, rounded up to an even number. On your 48-stitch sock, that's 10. 5. If you put half of your stitches on a holder in step 3, return them to a needle. Knit the stitches that remain on the heel. Using a new needle, pick up the required number of stitches along the first side, using the loops created by the slipping in step 2. Using another new needle, knit across the instep (non-heel) stitches. Using one more new needle, pick up the required number of stitches across the other side, using the loops created by the slipping in step 2. You will now have a small number of stitches left on your needle, ready to be worked. 6. On the very next round, work a decrease round: Decrease Round Needle 1: Knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1 Needle 2: Knit even Needle 3: K1, SKP, knit to end of needle
magazine - Short rows for bust shaping (technique feature) Short Rows for Bust Shaping Short rows have lots of uses. They make a flat object take shape. They can be the heel of a sock, or they can turn the stair stepping of a shoulder into a smooth angle. They can build up the back neck in a raglan sweater, or they can shape a sweater front for a large bosom. Today’s article is focusing on short rows for bust shaping. First, let’s talk about what short rows do Short rows add length to the overall body. As many of you know, I’m a very busty girl. One of the things I look forward to most about wearing a sweater I hand knit is that I won’t have to do any of that. If you’ve done some reading about short rows for the bust you’ve probably found several approaches to them.
The Right Way To Wash Sweaters (Because You're Doing It Wrong) Spending too much time and money on taking your sweaters to the dry cleaners? Save money with these simple tips that help you to wash your sweaters correctly at home. This can work for everything from wool, cotton, and cashmere. Using a mild detergent and tepid water to do the gentle washing then dry by rolling the sweater into a towel and then letting it air dry after you’ve flattened it out to its original shape. BACK to the back join The back join (subject of a previous post) is a method for working in the tails AS YOU GO in multi-color knitting. The back join is NOT confusing, but judging from the e-mails in the TECHknitting in-box, the first post about it WAS confusing. It would be a pity to obscure such a useful technique with badly-written instructions, so here's another run at it--with an additional illustration showing the back join as it is being knitted. The back join (one more time) The back join is usually used in circular knitting (around and around) because back-and forth knitters usually change at the fabric edge. So, suppose you are knitting around and around on circular needles in LAVENDER and you want to switch to PURPLE. 1) (above) Begin the back join by knitting to the last LAVENDER stitch. 2) (above) Once you have this spot marked, UNRAVEL the last three stitches you have knit, and RETURN the unraveled stitches to the LEFT NEEDLE. I apologize to those of you I confused the first time.
Joining - Techniques with Theresa The best join is a join that is as invisible as possible. The best way to accomplish a nearly invisible join varies with the yarn’s fiber content, thickness, the type of project and other factors. If you're knitting something that will be sewn together later, it's best to join a new yarn at the edge so that the yarn ends can be hidden in the seam. Just finish the row, attach the new yarn with a loose knot and start the next row with the new skein of yarn. But what if you run out of yarn unexpectedly in the middle of a lace shawl with 300 stitches on the needle? The spit splice The animal fibers that stick together well - think fibers that shrink and stick together when subjected to moisture, heat and friction, like in your washing machine on the hot cycle - are the easiest to join invisibly. The oh-so-attractively-named "spit splice" is simply applying heat, friction and moisture to felt the two ends of yarn together. First open up the fibers on each yarn end for about an inch or two...
The Fish - return! This is my version of tesselated fish. It is NOT the Knitters Magazine version. DO NOT copy this pattern to any other site, even if you give me credit. A recipe for Fish I used size 8 addi turbos and worsted weight wool. For larger Fish, use larger wool and needles. From this point forward – slip the first stitch purlwise. Slip, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K1Slip, K7Slip, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K1Slip, K9Slip, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K1Slip, K11Slip, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K1Slip, K13Slip, Kfb, K10, Kfb, K1Slip, K15Slip, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K1Slip, K17Slip, Kfb, K14, Kfb, K1Slip, K19Slip, K19Slip, K4, P10, K5Slip, K4, SSK, K6, K2tog, K5Slip, K4, P8, K5Slip, K4, SSK, K4, K2tog, K5Slip, K4, P6, K5Slip, K4, SSK, K2, K2tog, K5Slip, K4, P4, K5Slip, K4, SSK, K2tog, K5Slip, K4, P2, K5Slip, K4, K2tog, K5Slip, K10Slip, K4, K2tog, K4Slip, K9Slip, K3, K2tog, K4Slip, K8Slip, K8Slip, K8Increase as before (kfb on both ends) on RS until 23 stitches (don't forget to slip first stitch!)
Caffeine, kids, and knitting...in that order.: Gnome Home Several people on Ravelry have asked me to concoct a pattern for the Gnome Home I made for our niece Jess for Christmas. I totally improvised it at the time, so I don't remember exactly how I did it, but I have devised a set of sketchy instructions so you can make one of your own. Be advised that by sketchy I mean sketchy. For the base, use a bulky green yarn held together with a strand of matching green eyelash yarn (grass) or several strands of eyelash yarn held together. Base:ch 2. Walls:round 1: sc around. Roof:Switch to roof color.round 1: sc aroundround 2: [5 sc, sc 2 tog] repeat aroundround 3: sc aroundrepeat rows 2 and 3 until you have about 5 or 6 sts left. Soffit:Your number of stitches should be divisible by 6, so you will be working each scallop over 6 sts. I crocheted the flowers in a sport weight microfiber acrylic, but you can use any sport or fingering weight yarn.