Daily Knitter Blog

An Infant Pullover: Knit Your First Garment out of Squares or Rectangles

October 7th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

By now you are ready create and sketch a drawing of your first garment to start your project.Follow the steps-by-step instructions in this article and you will be on your way to becoming a designer. Make your swatch out of the yarn selected for your garment. Wash the swatch and lay it flat to try.

Complete all the calculations for your garment. If you are knitting a sweater, calculate the width and length of your garment to figure out how many rows need and how many stitches you need to cast on your needle. For instance, measure the:

Front and back

Armhole depth

Upper armhole

Armhole depth


Neck opening

This may seem a little confusing. So, I have provided a simple knitting project for those who want to start out with something easy. This project consists of knitting two squares or triangles to make an infant’s sleeveless pullover.

All you need to do now choose the type of yarn, the style of stitch and needles to use for your garment. However, I have listed the items needed to knit this pullover.


Some factors you will need to know to knit this pullover:

1. The bust/chest measurement 16″

2. The length 10″

3. The armhole depth 3 1/4″

4. The measurement for the neck opening 4 1/4″

5. The ease that is needed to add to get the required fit 2, 3 or 5 and up.

For future reference, the ease is only added to the bust/chest, hip, armhole, upper armhole, thigh, wrist and ankle. However, for a standard fit add 2 inches, a loose fit add 3 inches and for a baggy fit add 5 inches and up.

This pullover is knitted in a garter stitch with size 5 knitting needles.

Knit a swatch gauge with 20 stitches per 4 inch and 36 rows per 4 inch and do the math.

Start with the bust/chest measurement of a 6 month old infant which is 16" then add 2 stitches (16"+2= 18") for the ease. The bust now equals 18". Divide this measurement by 2 to equal 9.

Using the number stitches (20) from your swatch gauge multiply that number by 9 the bust measurement then divide the total number by 4. This will give you the cast on stitches then add 2 edge or selvage stitches for both ends of your garment seams.

Work the calculation to find the number of rows for the pullover by dividing the number of rows by the length of the garment.


20 * 9= 180

180/4= 45 stitches per 4 inch

45 +2 =47 stitches


36 * 10 = 360

360/4 = 90 rows

Now that hard work is out of the way the only thing you need to do is start knitting.

Use Baby Soft sport weight yarn from Lion Brand and cast on 47 stitches to your needle.

Square or Rectangle

Cast on 47 stitches and knit in garter stitch until you reach 90 rows then bind off and do the same for the other square or rectangle. Lay both the squares on a flat surface.

Center and mark off the neck opening (4 1/4″) and sew the shoulder seams. Measure down from the shoulder (3 1/4″) for the armhole depth then sew up the side seams. Wash and block the garment and let dry complete.

You have now completed your first knitted garment — a sleeveless pullover.

New Yarn Selections

October 7th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

There are some new yarns that have arrived at local and online craft stores over the last few weeks. The new yarn selection has something for everyone from acrylic, cotton, or wool. You may want to select a yarn for a light weight pattern or for a textured garment. Some are used for knitting scarves while others are for knitting blankets, sweaters, accessories, or baby wear. I have provided a list of some yarn that your might want to check out for future knitting projects along with some website for free patterns.


PLYMOUTH YARN Coffee Beenz–a super soft yarn made of acrylic and wool blends suited for sweaters, blankets and hats. Plymouthyarn.com provides a free pattern of a throw blanket knitted with Coffee Beenz multi-color yarn.

TAHKI YARN called Donegal Tweed—This is Irish spun tweed made of 100 percent wool. Use Donegal Tweed yarn to knit item such as capelets, pullovers, jackets, wraps, and vests. Donegal Tweed has a large variety of colors. Larger knitting needles (size 8 or larger) are recommended to for this type of yarn.

CASCADE YARN 220—made of 100 percent Peruvian Highland wool is perfect for knitted sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves, socks and blankets. For those of you who want to knit a pattern from Cascade yarn go to their website Cascadyarn for a free pattern.


UNIVERSAL YARN Spicy Berry— acrylic and mohair twisted with bubble shaped pom poms that give the yarn a tweed look. Good for knitting cold weather garment like vests and coats.

BERNAT Baby Pompom—yarn that comes in multiple prints with colors of white, pink/peach, green, cream, candy pink and made of 100 percent polyester. Blankets, sweater sets http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=babypompom

BERNAT COLORAMA —- a super bulky yarn with coordinated colors made of 100 % acrylic. This yarn is great for knitting that designer scarf, cowl or even hat.

BERROCO SOUFFLE—yarn good for knitting cowls, sweaters and accessories make with 49% acrylic, 34% wool and 17% baby alpaca. This yarn knits up with a wavy self-stripping result or effect for any garment.

BERROCO FLICKER— Brerroco Flicker is perfect for knitting for scarves and accessories. This yarn is made with 85% baby alpaca chainette 8% acrylic and 5% mixed fibers. Also there is metallic silver and gold glitter tinsel throughout the yarn that matches each color or shade.



How to Figure Out Yarn Weights

September 12th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Here is an article that all knitters need to read, “How to figure out yarn weights". This article is presented to you by a website called loveknitting. This article guides you on how to decode the weight of your yarn with information on which counties, districts or regions the yarn originated from. For example, you can find out if your yarn came from the US, UK or even the AUS.

You can also find out if the yarns you have are lace, DK, Aran, bulky or super bulky yarn. The guide also giveyou the thickness-of the ply of each yarn, weather it is a 2, 3, 6, 10 or 16 ply just to name a few. All you will need to figure out the weight of your yarn is three items a measuring tape, a pencil and a ruler. For more information go to the loveknitting website at https://blog.loveknitting.com/how-to-figure-out-yarn-weight/?blog_page=/



Man-made tricks: How to split a thick yarn into several yarns

August 13th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

I found an article that I think most knitters would want to know about. It is called “Man-made tricks, How to split a thick yarn into several yarns." The name of the website is Наш дом or Our House.

The article was in another language; so I had to translate it into English. The steps to making more strands of yarn out of one is not complicated at all, it is rather simple. Just follow the instructions listed and you will have multiple threads of yarn. For the original website go to:


Amateurs of knitting small Amigurumi toys often need to divide the thick yarn into several threads.

I want to share with you my method.

It is not always possible to have an assistant next to you, which will help rewind the second ball, and constantly pin the ball with a pin and spin the thread for the patient!

So, if you have a hose of thick yarn of the right color, but not satisfied with your thickness, you can always rewind it by dividing the existing thread into two or three (of course, provided that our yarn is multi-threaded and not fluffy).

I needed a yarn for the No. 1 hook of beige color. In the presence of a suitable color, only Jeans from YarnArt (55% cotton, 45% acrylic, 50gr./ 160 m.) Was found, but its thickness was twice as thick as I needed for knitting my Baba Yaga:

In order to unwind the glomerulus, we will need:

1. The yarn itself, which needs to be divided, I have it – Jeans (note that it is twisted from four thin threads).

2. Sleeve from food film or foil.

3. Stationery.

4. Polyethylene bag.

How to split a thick yarn into several yarns

Sequence of work:

1. Place a ball of yarn in a bag.

2. Leave the thread sticking out of it.

3. Tie the top of the bag with an elastic band. Pay attention, you should tighten the bag with a rubber band tightly enough that the thread is stretched out of it with a little effort, i.e. if you take the yarn by the tip, it will hang and will not arbitrarily stretch.

How to split a thick yarn into several yarns

4. Divide the end of the yarn protruding from the bag into the desired number of threads – 2-3 (I have 2) and wind it on the sleeve at a sufficient distance from each other.

How to split a thick yarn into several yarns

5. Proceed to uncoil the skein by hanging a bag of yarn in the air so that it freely rotates (because the threads in the yarn are twisted together, the rotation of the bag will occur spontaneously). It is best to do this while standing or sitting on a high chair. Thread the thumbs from the inside; twist the sleeve away from yourself, pulling the divided thread into separate hoses.

How to split a thick yarn into several yarns

In the course of this procedure, the thread in the bag may get confused, there’s nothing wrong with that, you just need to do a small hole in the top of the bag, take out the tangle, untangle the thread and put the ball back into the bag. The hole in the bag does not interfere with the unwinding process.

The process of dividing yarn, of course, is not quick, but this method helps to cope with it alone and do not permanently pin the pin with a pin to untwist the thread, as it usually does.

After the ball is unwound, you just need to wind the coiled threads from the bushing. So at us from one skein of a thick yarn it will turn out two hanks thin.

I hope my experience will come in handy!

The workshop “Bald cat” shared it.

Funky Bulky Asymmetrical Sweater

August 12th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

The funky bulky Asymmetrical Sweater is knitted with straight knitting needles. This pattern is presented to you by Craftsy.com and sold by CamexiaDesigns for $5.95. The pattern stitch is easy and fun to knit and comes in sizes of XS, S, M, L, and XL, so this pattern can accommodate every size. It is a combination of a sweater/ poncho with an airy open lace stitch.

This sweater is knitted with bulky yarn and a size 15 large knitting needles. Some of the stitches in the sweater appear be garter stitches while the other stitch pattern appears to be a drop stitches technique. For more information go to the website and instantly download a digital pattern of the gorgeous funky bulky asymmetrical sweater. The Craftsy website is located at:


Stitch of the Week: Seersucker Pattern Stitch

August 10th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

The stitch of the week is the seersucker pattern stitch. This pattern stitch is knitted to give the look of diamonds knitted in diagonals going from the left in one direction and to the right in the other direction.

The knitted pattern has a combination of only knit and purl stitches in certain rows. The seersucker stitch can be knitted on straight or on circular knitting needles.

These stitches and rows are randomly set in the pattern to give the multiple diamonds shape thru out the pattern or in the garment you choose to knit. Try the seersucker stitch items you might want to knit, such as,scarves, hats, gloves or even blankets.

How to Sew in Zippers

July 17th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Want to know how to sew in a zipper into an article of knitted clothing. Here is a website tutorial that is presented by Frog Knitting https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Ffrogknitting.blogspot.se%2F2013%2F08%2Fatt-sy-i-dragkedjor-installing-zippers.html%3Fm%3D1&edit-text=

This tutorial gives you step-b-step instructions on how to install or place a zipper into a manufactured or a garment knitted by you. The article is very easy to follow and will make sewing in zippers less difficult or problematical. The website also provides photos of each step giving a visual process of the installation is zipper done.

KnitProPlus Pattern Design Service:Chart Graphing

July 16th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Here is a program for knitters who want to knit graph pictures. It is called the KnitProPlus and the website is http://www.theknittingsite.com/knitpro/. This KnitProPlus pattern design service can be downloaded to your computer. The program will create a pdf file of the image downloaded.

This program allows you to use an image of any subject, for instance, a picture of a favorite person or thing. From there download image into the program; transfer the illustration into a knitted graph. This site has a grid of tiny, small, regular, big or extra large settings. Other features of the KnitProPlus are the stitch sizes gauge, which creates knitting, crossstitch and crochet pattern graph. Also this program can input a custom stitch size for a tension square, gauge for stitches per 4" (10cm) and a gauge for rows per 4" (10cm). So, download the KnitProPlus and start knitting graph of your picture, logos or clip art.

Bel Aire Top a Knitting Project

July 16th, 2017


Hey Knitters,

I spotted this gorgeous knitted top on the Lion Brand website located at this link http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/bel-aire-top-l70102.html. The materials for this pattern cost $24.94 and is located on the Lion Brand website linked above. This pattern is called the Bel Aire Top and uses the yarns from the 24/7Cotton collection. This is a great Top for a summer knitting project.

Hence, the Bel Aire Top is great for beginning knitters; and an easy project to knit to show off your knitting talents. After knitting this project you can wear it as a formal or informal evening outfit. This two-tone top is knitted in the jade and mint color yarns. It also features a designed to fit for M, S, and L individuals. To download the Bel Aire Top pattern click on the link below.


Sewing in Zippers / Installing Zippers

June 25th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

It can be complicated to place a zipper into a knitted garment, such as, a sweater, pillow case or even a purse. So, here is a website called the “Frog Knitting." This website contains an article that teaches you how to install zippers. This step-by-step instructional will walk you through ever detail needed to know about installing a zipper.

The website also includes photos so that you can see clearly how to assemble the zipper placement into the knitted garment. This technique it is a great way to make you knitted garment look professional. Click on the website below to download the article frommore information.