Daily Knitter Blog

Seed Rib Check Stitch Pattern

March 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

 

Here is a lovely Seeded Rib Check Stitch pattern that uses alternating knit and purl stitches which create the checkered rib pattern. The knitting stitch is reversible and it works well on blankets, washcloths, and scarves. The Seeded Rib Check Stitch is a very good, fun and easy stitch for beginning knitters who are learning the age old art of knitting.

Abbreviations

Knit (K)

Purl (P)

Multiples of 4 + 3 extra stitches. Work a 4 x 4 swatch gauge to practice on before knitting any garment.

Number of Rows: 12

Pattern Instructions

Row 1 (RS): K3, *p1, k3; rep from * to end.

Row 2: K1, *p1, k3; rep from * to last two sts, p1, k1.

Row 3: Repeat row 1.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Repeat row 1.

Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: Repeat row 2.

Row 8: Repeat row 1.

Row 9: Repeat row 2.

Row 10: Repeat row 1.

Row 11: Repeat row 2.

Row 12: Repeat row 1.

Knitted Patchwork Square

March 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Exmple 1: knitted patchwork square showing line A to A and line B to B

 

This simple patchwork knitting is great for creating beautiful bedspreads, shawls, mats, Jerseys and skirts. For your patchwork garment use leftover yarn or purchase a variety of colors that will enhance the shape or feel to your final knitwear. Patchwork knitting uses knitted many other shapes. However, the following example creates individual squares and triangles.

1. Knit a square any size you want with the yarn of your choice and work out the number of stitches and row (also called the tension or gauge) to work out your triangle.

2. Lay the knitted square on a flat surface. Measure and mark diagonally across the center of the square from one point to the other creating a line called A to A. View the example of the square and the marking on the sample above.

Example 2: knitted patchwork triangle ABA

3. To obtain the base width of the triangle measure from point B to B then use the tension/gauge to figure out the number of rows needed to shape the sides of the triangle to the center point

4. Calculate how many stitches are need to decrease on the given number of rows to shape the triangle.

5. To create an even shape slope on both sides of the triangle perform one of the following tasks:

  • Decrease two stitches at each end of every row
  • Decrease each end of every other row or
  • Decrease on any set number of rows (every 2nd or 6th row)

6. Knit the decreases until all of the stitches are worked off to form a triangle.

7. Sew the triangles together to form your own pattern.

How to Knit the Lattice Stitch

March 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

 

The knit lattice stitch is a very lovely pattern stitch to create and design baby blankets, Afghans or throws.
Knit multiples of 16 + 2 stitches
knit a swatch gauge for example 16 x 2=32 +2=34
Abbreviations:
Right Twist (RT): knit 2 stitches together and leave the stitches on left needle. Knit the next 2 stitches same as the previous 2 stitches. Then slip both stitches from left needle together.
Left Twist (LT): skip the next stitch and knit into the back of the next loop. Then Knit into the back of both the second and skipped stitches.
Wrong Side (WS)
Row 1: Purl all odd rows on (WS).

Row 2: k1, *LT, k4, RT, repeat from *, end with k1.

Row 4: K2, *LT, K2, RT, K2, repeat from *

Row 6: k3, *LT, RT, k4, repeat from *, end last repeat k3.

Row 8: k4, *RT, k6, rep from *, end last repeat k4.

Row 10: k3, *RT, LT, k4 repeat from *, end last repeat k3.

Row 12: K2, *RT, K2, LT, K2, repeat from *.

Row 14: k1, *RT, k4, LT, repeat from *, end with k1.

Row 16: k8, *LT, k6, repeat from *, end with K2.
Repeat rows 1- 16 for a pattern stitch.

Curve or Slopes

Slopes/curves are never easy to calculate for new knitting beginners (some experienced knitters have a problem too). The slopes/curves take some time and effort to work them out to the right shape.
Knitting curves involve calculating series of small slope. However, these slopes have a continuing angle slope change. For example, a sleeve cap which has two curves/slopes and looks like a bell. Thus, each slope has to be calculated separately when adding or subtracting stitches.
In a curve slope, for instance, you would decrease 1 stitch every few rows then, decrease 1 stitch every other row and 1 stitch every 3rd row to complete the curve shape. This method makes each segment of the slope curve smooth and different from each other.
Intervals of a curve are the equivalent of steps and include the number of stitches that are decreased evenly along the row(s). An example of intervals is given below:
A sleeve cap has a gauge of 7.4 rows per inch that is decreased over 5 inches. Calculations below:
7.4 x 5=37 rows
37 rows /5 =7rows per intervals/steps, 2 remaining: calculation 5-2=3
5 intervals/steps, 2 remaining
Now you have 3 steps with 7 rows and 2 steps with 8 rows.
Now this should read: decrease 3 rows 7xs then every 2nd row 8 xs.

Knitting Project: Frog Coin Purse

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

The frog coin purse is an adorable and fun knitting project for all knitters. This project is presented to you by the website Free Cute Knit and the link is located at http://freecuteknit.com/frog-coin-purse-small-wallet-free-cute-knitting-patterns/.

The frog coin purse has two big black buttons for the eyes and a zipper for the mouth. How cute is that! Knit a couple for a family member or someone special.

Knit a Frog Coin Purse

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

The frog coin purse is an adorable and fun knitting project for all knitters. This project is presented to you by the website Free Cute Knit and the link is located at http://freecuteknit.com/frog-coin-purse-small-wallet-free-cute-knitting-patterns/.

The frog coin purse has two big black buttons for the eyes and a zipper for the mouth. How cute is that! Knit a couple for a family member or someone special that you know and love.

Queenie’s Quickie Kitchener

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Are you looking for a way to knit garments quicker? Maybe you’re a beginning knitter unsure about how to graft a seam to match stitches. Here’s some great news! You no longer have to figure out how to graft to match stitches. Instead of having an app for that, there’s a knitting cheat sheet.

The cheat sheet comes from u-createcrafts.com. It created a cheat sheet for crochet first. Of course, it had to give a lot of love to knitters too. This cheat sheet helps you make your garments easier. Do you want to know when to decrease or increase without trying to do the hard work?

Look at the cheat sheet to determine when to knit and purl. Click on the link below to get the cheat sheet you need. Don’t worry. No one is going to know but you that you “cheated" when making your special gifts.

http://www.u-createcrafts.com/cheat-sheets-knitter/

New Tools for Knitters

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitter

 

Hey all you knitters out there, it’s time to treat yourselves. Add another helpful tool to your knitting basket called the knitting register. This tool is perfect to use to while knitting those long scarves, over size blankets or eyelet laced shawls.

Simply slide the knitting register onto one of your knitting needles sizes up to 6.5mm (US 10 ½). The register has a small window display that allows you to see the number of rows counted. All you to do while using this knitting instrument is to turn the dial or wheel of the register once you finish or complete a row of knitting. Another feature of the knitting register is that you can reset the number back to zero after knitting 99 rows.

In addition to counting your rows, the knitting register can keep track of pattern stitches and rows decreased or increased. For example, decreasing or increasing rows when shaping sleeves or V-necklines sweaters. For all the benefits, the knitting register basically cost less than a ball or skein of yarn. No more losing count of rows or constantly writing down the number rows to keep count when knitting your favorite garment.

Stitch of the Week: Colored Seeds

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Here is a unique pattern stitch presented by The Weekly Stitch, called the Colored Seeds. The stitch is has a lace looks to it. This stitch pattern works well with shawl or wraps.

Abbreviations:

Wyib(with yarn in back)

Wyif (with yarn in front)

Sl (slips stitch)

Cast on multiple of 4 stitches + 3 extra stitches. Work a 4 x 4 stitch gauge before knitting any garment.

Pattern Instructions

Rows 1 and 2: With color A – p1 *k1, p1
Row 3: With color B – p1, k1, p1 *sl 1 wyib, p1, k1, p1
Row 4: With color B – p1, k1, p1 *sl 1 wyif, p1, k1, b1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.

I cast on with color A, and for my bind off edge, I worked Rows 1 and 2 once more because I thought it looked better than binding off after Row 4. You can use color B to cast on/bind off if you like.

How to Sell-Handmade-knits

February 1st, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Want to sell your handmade knits for profit. Here is a website article that will give you the information needed to sell items online or in your local markets.

http://budgeting.thenest.com/sell-homemade-knits-22770.html

The site lists some online business that is great for knitters who want to start an online business. You can sign up instantly and display your knitting garments. Also, in this article, you can learn tips on pricing and how to turn your knitting craft into a growing business. The article “How to Sell-Handmade-knits" talks about to give you information about:

  • Choose a knitting niche and focus on a few specialty items.
  • Identify your target customer.
  • Who will buy your knits? How old are they?
  • Select one or more sales methods.
  • Selling handmade knits online is a quick and cost-effective

Learn How to knit a Decreasing Triangle: Triangle slope 2

January 10th, 2017

 

Hey Knitters,

Now we will learn how to construct a triangle with two angles that slope and decrease on both sides and at the same upward rate. Draw the triangle and mark it with the letters “ABCD". The line “ABC" is the bottom edge or width of the triangle. The triangle point is marked as “D" at the top of the triangle. Then draw a line down the middle of the triangle ABCD. Now the line from top D to bottom edge ABC measures 10 inches.

At this moment there are two triangles within one. The first triangle “ABD" will equal 5 inches and the other triangle “BCD" will equal 5 inches giving the bottom edge a total width of 10 inches.

Refer to the calculation in April’s second blog post Triangle Slope to work this double slopped triangle. The post also includes the needle size, stitches and rows per inch that will help you work this triangle.

Calculate the instruction for triangle BCD and ABC.

The bottom edge of AB equals the number of 23 stitches so the bottom edge BC will also equal the number of 23 stitches. However, since AB and BC together equal the width (ABC=10 inches) add the number of the stitches to get a total of 46 stitches.

Cast on 46 stitches and work in garter stitch. Decrease 1 stitch on both sides or along both edges every 3rd and 5th row until all the required stitches are decreased. Then work to the last 2 stitches as a knit 2tog (knit 2 stitches together) decrease.

Remember that the first row is not counted as the first decrease row.