Daily Knitter Blog

The Importance of a 4″ x 4″ (10cm) Swatch Gauge by Terrie Sewell

May 20th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Every individual who knits completes their craft differently than another knitters. For instance, some knitters might knit more or less stitches and rows when making the garment. This can cause the garment to be knitted too big, lopsided or too small. That is why it’s important to knit a swatch gauge. Regardless of how you complete your knitting project, do not forget that the type of knitting needles used is also an important factor when making a swatch gauge.

1. Knit a 4" x 4" swatch or square using the same yarn that you are going to use for your project. For example, cast on 20 stitches on an empty knitting needle and knit approximately 10 rows in the stockinette stitch. Stockinette stitch consist of knitting one row and purling the next.

2. When you are finished, dampen or wash your sample swatch before measuring and blocking it. Do this according to the manufacturer’s instruction on the label. Pin the swatch on a clean surface and allow the swatch to dry. Treat it like you would treat you finished garment.

3. Look at the label on the package of yarn to match the stitch and rows per inch gauge recommended for the yarn that you purchased (instructions). If they match your stitch and row count then you are ready to start knitting.

 

However, if they do not match, and you have too many stitches and rows, then you are knitting too tightly. For those who knit tightly you will have to use a larger knitting needle to get the correct gauge. On the other hand, if you have fewer stitches and rows then you are knitting too loosely. Then you have to use smaller knitting needles.

Tips

If you are knitting a garment in stockinette or cable stitch you need to block and stretch out the swatch before measuring.

You can purchase a swatch gauge counter at your local craft store, if you do not want to count the number of stitches and rows.

Counting the Stitches and Rows of a 10 x10 Swatch Gauge

May 10th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

 

1. Knit a 4" x 4" inch square called a swatch or a swatch gauge using the same yarn you intend to knit your garment. However, if you knit a larger swatch, then use a tape measure to measure out a 4 x 4 inch area.

2. Wash and treat the swatch according to the instructions on the package.

3. Let the swatch dry completely.

4. Count the number of stitches in your 4 x 4 inch swatch. For instance, you might count 20 stitches along the width of your swatch. However, depending on the number of stitches cast on your knitting needle you might count more stitches. In that case measure, tape and pin a 4 x 4 inch square of fabric.

5. Divide the number of stitches by the width of your swatch to equal the stitches per inch. For example, 20 stitches /4 the width of swatch = 5 stitches per inch. Example 20/4=5. The calculation represents stitch/inch.

6. Count the number of rows and do the math. For instance, you might count 13 rows by the length of your swatch. However, depending on the number of rows knitted and the size of the knitting needles you might have more rows.

7. Divide the number of rows by the length of the swatch this will equal the row per inch.For example, 13 stitches /4 the width of swatch equal 3.25 stitches per inch. Example 13/4=3.25. The calculation represents stitch/inch.

Domino or Mitered Knitting

April 30th, 2018


Hey Knitters,

 

As a beginner or an advanced knitter you can make use of this unique method of knitting called the mitered or domino knitting. The stitch might look complicated or a little difficult but it is simple and very easy to learn and knit.

Mitered knitting is a form of knitting that connects or joins squares together at 45 degree angles. Also, mitered square are knitted adjacent to each other, diagonal or across rows. In other words, mitered knitting allows you to stack one square on the top or on the side of another square until your garment is completed.

For example, when knitting a craft such as as scarf, you complete one square and at the same time began another square. This method consists of picking up stitches from the previous square and adding the stitches to the knitting needle. This technique starts a new square without binding stitches off the needle or binding off the previous squares.

For those of you who want to learn the mitered technique of knitting click on the website http://www.knittingatknoon.com/afghanpatt.html to observe how mitered knitting an afghan is done. You can also check out the website below for a step by step example of mitered knitting. http://www.planetshoup.com/easy/knit/mitre_bas.shtml

Stitch of the Week: Chevron Stitch Pattern

April 20th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

The Chevron Stitch is a nice stitch to knit for baby blankets, scarves, socks and hats. So gather you knitting needles and yarn and start to knit something special for that friend or family member.

Multiple of 8 stitches + 1. For example, 8 x2=16, 16+1= 17 total stitches to cast on your knitting needles. Work the calculations for a 4 x 4 swatch gauge to practice this stitch.

 

Row 1: k1, *p7, k1; rep from * to the end of row.

Row 2: p1, *k7, p1; rep from * to the end of row.

Row 3: K2, *p5, k3; rep from *, end p5, K2.

Row 4: p2, *k5, p3; rep from *, end k5, p2

Row 5: k3, *p3, k5; rep from*, end p3, k3.

Row 6: p3, *k3, p5; rep from *, end k3, p3.

Row 7: k4, *p1, k7; rep from *, end p1, k4.

Row 8: p4, *k1, p7; rep from *, end k1, p4.

Row 9: Rep Row 2

Row 10: Rep Row 1

Row 11: Rep Row 4

Row 12: Rep Row 3

Row 13: Rep Row 6

Row 14: Rep Row 5

Row 15: Rep Row 8

Row 16: Rep Row 7

Repeat rows 1 through 16 for stitch pattern

Buttonholes made Easier

April 10th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Making a buttonhole is easy if you know the steps. However, some knitters may prefer not to put buttonholes or buttons on knitted garment for certain reasons. For example, they might think the sweater or vest looks better without buttons or they prefer to use Velcro strips for convenience. For those of you who want to learn about knitting buttonholes. We will begin with the buttonholes that are worked over one row.

 

Buttonhole Instructions

Knit to the area where the first buttonhole will be located then start your buttonhole of the right side.

1. Place the yarn to the front of the garment then slip the next stitch purlwise from the left hand needle to the right-hand needle. Then return the yarn to the back of the garment and keep it in that position. * Slip the next stitch and then pass the stitch that was previously slipped over repeat from * until all the stitches for the buttonhole is completed. This is the last step for the bottom row of the buttonhole: Place the last bound off stitch back on the left hand needle. Turn garment.

 

2. With yarn to the back of the garment work cable cast on: The cable cast- on is used when a knitter needs to add stitches within the garment that is knitted.

Begin by * inserting the right hand needle between the first and second stitch on the left hand needle, wrap the yarn around as if the knit. Pull the loop through and then position the loop on the left hand needle repeat from * until the upper length of the buttonhole matches the length of the bottom buttonhole including 1 extra bound off stitch. Turn garment.

3. Place yarn to the back of the garment. Slip the first stitch from the left hand needle then pass the rest of the cable cast-on stitches over it.

Making a 4in x 4in/10cm x 10cm Swatch Gauge by Terrie Sewell

April 6th, 2018

Hey Knitters,
Every individual who knits completes their craft differently than another knitter. For instance, some knitters might knit more stitches and rows when making the garment than another knitter when following a pattern. This can cause the garment to be knitted too big, lopsided or too small. That is why it’s important to knit a swatch gauge.
A swatch gauge is used to figure out how many stitches and rows a knitter needs to ensure the garment resembled the pattern used. Regardless of how you complete your knitting project, do not forget that the type of knitting needles used is also an important factor when making a swatch gauge.
How to Make a Swatch Gauge
1. Knit a 4in x 4in swatch, or square, using the same yarn that you are going to use for your project. For example, cast on 20 stitches on an empty knitting needle and knit approximately 10 rows in the stockinette stitch. Stockinette stitch consist of knitting one row and purling the next.
2. When you are finished, dampen or wash your sample swatch. Do this according to the manufacturer’s instruction on the label. Pin the swatch on a clean surface and allow the swatch to dry. The clean surface can be a drying board, cushion or cardboard.
3. Count the stitches and rows on your swatch.
4. Look at the label on the package of yarn to match the stitches and rows per inch recommended for the yarn that you purchased (instructions). If they match your stitch and row count then you are ready to start knitting.
However, if they do not match, and you have too many stitches and rows, then you are knitting too tightly. For those who knit tightly, you will have to use a larger knitting needle to get the correct gauge. On the other hand, if you have fewer stitches and rows then you are knitting too loosely. You have to use smaller knitting needles.
Tips:
If you are knitting a garment in stockinette or cable stitch you need to block and stretch out the swatch before measuring.
Wash the swatch like you would your finished garment.
If you do not want to count the number of stitches and rows, you can purchase a swatch gauge counter at your local craft store.

Knitting a 4in x 4in/10cm x 10cm Swatch Gauge by Terrie Sewell

April 6th, 2018

Hey Knitters,
Every individual who knits completes their craft differently than another knitter. For instance, some knitters might knit more stitches and rows when making the garment than another knitter when following a pattern. This can cause the garment to be knitted too big, lopsided or too small. That is why it’s important to knit a swatch gauge.
A swatch gauge is used to figure out how many stitches and rows a knitter needs to ensure the garment resembled the pattern used. Regardless of how you complete your knitting project, do not forget that the type of knitting needles used is also an important factor when making a swatch gauge.
How to Make a Swatch Gauge
1. Knit a 4in x 4in swatch, or square, using the same yarn that you are going to use for your project. For example, cast on 20 stitches on an empty knitting needle and knit approximately 10 rows in the stockinette stitch. Stockinette stitch consist of knitting one row and purling the next.
2. When you are finished, dampen or wash your sample swatch. Do this according to the manufacturer’s instruction on the label. Pin the swatch on a clean surface and allow the swatch to dry. The clean surface can be a drying board, cushion or cardboard.
3. Count the stitches and rows on your swatch.
4. Look at the label on the package of yarn to match the stitches and rows per inch recommended for the yarn that you purchased (instructions). If they match your stitch and row count then you are ready to start knitting.
However, if they do not match, and you have too many stitches and rows, then you are knitting too tightly. For those who knit tightly, you will have to use a larger knitting needle to get the correct gauge. On the other hand, if you have fewer stitches and rows then you are knitting too loosely. You have to use smaller knitting needles.
Tips:
If you are knitting a garment in stockinette or cable stitch you need to block and stretch out the swatch before measuring.
Wash the swatch like you would your finished garment.
If you do not want to count the number of stitches and rows, you can purchase a swatch gauge counter at your local craft store.

Make a Yarn Holder Using a Toilet Paper Stand

March 30th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

Here is a hilarious and ingenious ideal for making your own yarn holder using a toilet paper stand. This stand will keep your yarn at a distance and off the floor or in a cramped knitting bag. The website gives you instructions on how to make the yarn toilet paper stand. So, checkout the link below for more information.

http://thecraftalternative.com/yarn-holder-toilet-paper-stand/

Leftover Yarn ussed for Patchwork Garments (knitting)

March 20th, 2018

Hey Knitters,

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.

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 the 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 Recycle a T-Shirt into Yarn

March 10th, 2018

Hey knitters,

Here is a great ideal for those unused T-shirts and it is called “How to recycle a T-shirt into yarn. You can use the strips of yarn to create thick textured garment such as, blankets, rugs or table runners. This T-shirt craft is brought to you by the The Craft Alternative a online website. For more information click on the link below.

http://thecraftalternative.com/how-to-recycle-a-t-shirt-into-yarn/