Daily Knitter Blog

The Stitch Counter

September 20th, 2018

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:Twisted Stockinette Rib

September 10th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Here is a different twist to a knit stitch and it is called the twisted stockinette rib. It has a beautiful diagonal twist that give the look of a twisted rope. It is also done in a simple knit and purl stitch that make the pattern easy to knit. Try it and see how you like it.

Cast on multiple of 3 stitches

Row 1 (RS): *k2tog, leaving sts on needle, k first st again, slip both from needle, k1; rep from *

Rows 2 and 4: purl

Row 3: *k1, k2tog, leaving sts on needle, k first st again, slip both from needle; rep from *

Repeat these four rows for the pattern. This stitch will curl, so you may want to add a garter/seed stitch border depending on what you are knitting.

 

Happy Knitting

Plymouth Yarns

August 30th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

There are some new yarns that have arrived at local and online craft stores over the last few months. 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 Cascadeyarn for a free pattern.

http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patterns_220.asp

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 garments 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. For blankets and sweater sets free patterns visit 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— Berroco 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.

 

 

Mystery Stitch

August 20th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

This is an easy knitting stitch to master. This pattern stitch is great for knitting scarves, hats, sweaters and even baskets. This pattern stitch does not have a name, so it is a mystery stitch. Maybe you can tell us is the name of this stitch.

K-Knit Stitch

P2tog-Purl 2 Together

K2tog- Knit 2 Together

Cast on multiple 2 stitches plus 1 extra stitch. Work a 4 x 4 swatch gauge before knitting any garment.

  • Row 1: (right side) knit

• Row 2: k1, *p2tog without slipping sts off needle, then k tog the same sts; rep from *to end.

• Row 3: knit

• Row 4: *p2tog without slipping sts off needle, then k tog the same 2sts; rep from * to last st, k1. Repeat these 4 rows until you have reached your desired length.

Afghan Crochet and Knitting Guide

August 19th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Check out this article on Afghans Crochet and Knitting Guide. Learn the various inprotant tips for Crocheting or knitting a blankets or Afghans that all knitters can use when designing your next knitting project. This article is presented by Designs by Terrie E Sewell. For more information click on the link below:

https://designsbyterrieesewell.com/afghan-crochet-guide/

Stitch of the Week: Jhumka Stitch

August 10th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Here is a stitch for advance knitters called the Jhumka Stitch. It is kind of detailed with a lot of technique required. However, it is a lovely stitch for maybe a scarf, a sweater or a blanket. The stitch forms a diamond shape pattern that has a lacey look to it. Knit a 4x 4 swatch gauge and see what you can create with this stitch.

Jhumka Stitch Pattern Instructions

Abbreviation:

K2tohg-knit 2 stitches together

SSK- slip 1 stitch, slip 1 stitch, knit both together

YO- Yarn Over

PSSO-Pass Slipped Stitch Over

This stitch is worked over multiples of 22 stitches and 28 rows

Row 1 (RS) – *k3, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k6, k2tog, YO, k1, YO, ssk, k3*, repeat from * to * for pattern
Row 2 (WS) and all WS rows – purl all stitches
Row 3 – *k2, k2tog, YO, K3, YO, ssk, k4, k2tog, YO, k3, YO, ssk, k2*, repeat from * to *
Row 5 – *k1, (k2tog, YO) twice, k1, (YO, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, YO) twice, k1, (YO, ssk) twice, k1*, repeat from * to *
Row 7 – *[(k2tog, YO) twice, k3, (YO, ssk) twice] repeat twice *, repeat from * to *
Row 9 – *k2, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k4, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k2 *, repeat from * to *
Row 11 – *k3, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k6, YO, ssk, k1, k2tog, YO, k3*, repeat from * to *
Row 13 – *k4, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k8, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k4*, repeat from * to *
Row 15 – *k5, (YO, ssk) twice, k4, (k2tog, YO) twice, k5*, repeat from * to *
Row 17 – *k6, (YO, ssk) twice, k2, (k2tog, YO) twice, k6*, repeat from * to *
Row 19 – *k4, (k2tog, YO) twice, k6, (YO, ssk) twice. k4*, repeat from * to *
Row 21 – *k3, (k2tog, YO) twice, k8, (YO, ssk) twice, k3*, repeat from * to *
Row 23 – same as row 15
Row 25 – same as row 17
Row 27 – same as row 19
Row 28 (WS) – purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1 to 28 for pattern

How to stitch a Perfect Selvage Edge

July 30th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Selvage stitches are used to give a smooth or decorative look to the exposed edges that are left after your project is completed. For example, including a selvage stitch on the edges of scarves, infant’s bibs or pin-folds will also solve the problem of your garment curling back on it. However, the selvage stitch has another purpose which is to join edges together or sew up seams. This makes it easier for knitters to give their knitted clothing a neat and professional look.

Step 1: work on the right side (rs) of your garment. Then slip the first stitch knitwise (as to knit) off the left needle and knit to the end of the row.

Step 2: work on the wrong side (ws) of your garment. Then slip the first stitch purlwise (as if to purl) off the left needle and purl to the end of the row.

Repeat the two steps throughout your garment.

Knitwise consist of inserting your knitting needle into the stitch as if you were going to knit, but instead you slip the stitch onto the other needle. To complete purlwise you need to slip the stitch to the other needle in the same manner.

Cartidge Belt Rib Stitch

July 20th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Here is a very simple rib stitch. It is great for beginners. This pattern consists of two rows and is done in a knit and purl stitch pattern. This ribbing would look beautiful on sweater cuffs or as a waist ribbing on vests, sweater or jackets. So, give the cartridge belt rib stitch a try and see how you like the rib stitch.

Abbreviations

K—Knit Stitch

Sl—Sip Stitch

Wyif—With Yarn in Front

SL—Slip stitch

Cast on multiples of 4 stitches + 3 extra stitches.

Pattern Instruction

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

Row 2: K1, *sl 1 wyif, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1 wyif, k1.

Repeat rows 1 – 2 until you have reached your desired length.

A Quick and easy Knitting Project: Fingerless Mitts

July 10th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Try this fun project. The video below will show you how to knit fingerless glove quickly. You will master the art of making and designing your own gloves. This is a great project for beginners who want to learn how to knit and make knitting garments. This project is so easy you can make several gloves in a matter of hours. For more information about this knitting project click on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvNWmpW9DOw

 

The Weight, Thickness and Labels of Yarn

June 30th, 2018

 

Hey Knitters,

When choosing yarn to knit a project, look at the yarn label to determine the type of yarn needed. Also, the range of yarn is listed under the brand name of the yarn.

There is a number category that is listed on each individual skein of yarn from 1 to 6 and it has a 10cm/4inch gauge symbol. The swatch gauge is knitted in stockinette stitch with the recommended needle size.

We will begin with yarn weights which are listed in stages of thickness. Category 1, the super fine yarn, also referred to as fingering weight yarn, for knitting lace and baby garments.

However, the fine weight yarn listed in category 2, known as a light sports or baby sport yarn, is used for a variety of knitting projects.

Thus, the light-weight yarn, referred to as knitting worsted (a generic yarn) is listed in category 3. This yarn is a thicker yarn than the sports-weight and produces a bulkier garment.

A medium worsted yarn category 4 is used to knit Afghans or throws. For such crafts as rugs or outdoor wear a bulky yarn is required category 5. Super bulky yarn is the last category, which is used for knitting heavy jacket or coat.