March 20th, 2018
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.
March 10th, 2018
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.
February 28th, 2018
This is an easy shawl to knit and a beginning knitter’s dream to knit and complete a shawl.
The shawl is knitted with an open lace stitch that gives the shawl a beautiful lacy look. A great advantage to knitting the eyelet shawl is that it also reversible.
Wrong side (WS)
Right side (RS)
Slip 1 (SL 1)
Pass stitch over (psso)
Use a number 10 knitting needle. However, any size needle will fit all gauges used to knit this garment.
Cast on 2 stitches and knit 2 rows.
Row 1: (WS) knit into the front and back of each stitches—4 stitches.
Row 2: (RS) 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 knit.
Row 3: K2, yo, K2—5 stitches
Row 5: K2, yo, k1, yo, K2,–7 stitches.
Row 7: K2, yo, k1, yo, SL1, k1, psso, yo, K2—9 stitches
Row 9: K2, yo, k1, * yo, sl1, k1, psso, repeat form * to the last 2 stitches, yo, K2.
Continue in pattern by repeating rows 9 and 10 until your shawl reaches the desired length or measurement ending on the wrong side row.
Row 10: knit 3 rows.
February 21st, 2018
This squares in squares stitch is a reversible stitch. However, the wrong side and right side are not identical to each other. Since this pattern stitch does not curl, it is better used for knitted items such as purses, scarves, throws or Afghans which will create great garments.
Knit multiple of 10 stitches plus 2 extra stitches. Work a 4 x 4 inch swatch gauge to practice on before knitting any garment. A sample swatch gauge could consist of, casting on 22 stitches or more if desired.
Right side (RS)
Row 1: (RS) K
Row 2: P
Row 3: K2,*p8, K2, repeat from * to the end of row.
Row4: p2, *k8, p2, repeat from * to the end of row.
Row5: K2, *p2, k4, p2, p2, repeat from * to the end of row.
Row 6: p2, *K2, p4, K2, p2 repeat from * to the end of row.
Rows 7and 9: Repeat row 5
Rows 8 and 10: Repeat row 6
Row 11: Repeat row 3
Row 12: Repeat row 4
January 31st, 2018
Listed below are some knitting tips that all knitters can use in one form or another.
1. Before you start knitting read the entire pattern. The first reason for this procedure is to find mistakes in the pattern. The second and most important reason is to know whether or not you understand the pattern instructions.
2. When knitting a sweater with or without a swatch gauge, knit the back panel first. This way if you make any mistakes you can make corrections or adjustments in the front left and right panels of the sweater.
3. To avoid most seams knitting your project with circular knitting needs. This method is also known as knitting in the round.
4. To make you’re knitting project or creative design as simple or easy as possible start by knitting vintage patterns. Vintage pattern are simple, easy and also very inspirational.
5. When knitting from a pattern never change the weight of the yarn. For example, do not use a 3 ply yarn instead of a 4 ply yarn. Using a lighter weight yarn will cause your project to have a different shape and size from the original pattern. However, you can substitute and use other yarn with the same weight or ply. Also, look at the gauge of the substitute yarn to see if it matches the gauge given in the pattern instructions. If the gauge doesn’t match then use smaller knitting needles.
January 21st, 2018
Here is a very unique stitch called the two stitch garter stitch. It is great for beginners. This pattern consists of three steps and is done in a knit stitch pattern. This stitch pattern would look beautiful on sweaters, on vests, or jackets. So, give the two stitch garter pattern stitch a try and see how you like the rib stitch.
k2to—Knit 2 Together
k2tog tbl–Knit 2 Together Through the Back Loop
k2tog f&b–Knit 2 Together Front and Back- knit 2 sts tog, but do not take them off the left hand needle. Then knit the 2 sts again through the back loops.
Step 1: K2tog, leave sts on needle
Step 2: Come back around to back side and insert needle into the back loop, K2tog tbl
Step 3: Remove both stitches from needle
CO in multiples of 2 stitches.
Row 1: knit gather stitch across
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k1, knit gather stitch to last st, k1
Row 4: purl
Repeat row 1 thur 4
January 11th, 2018
After you’ve finished knitting your garments you must block them before giving them to friend and family members as gifts. Typically, you wash or press the garment according to the instructions of the yarn. However, if you do not have the packaging that came with the yarn here is a simple blocking technique to use.
1. Pin the garment to a flat padded surface right side up.
2. Place the pins along the body of the garment about 1 to 2 inches apart. However, do not pin the ribbing of at the bottom of a sweater or pullover. Let the ribbing lie flat so that it will keep its shape.
3. Place extra pins at the shoulders and underarms to secure the garment together.
4. Pin along side of the ribbing of the sleeves and necklines directly in the fabric.
5. Occasionally check the measurements of the garment to make sure the stitches and rows match the garment and the pattern.
6. If the garment has sleeves or is knitted with 2 front sections then block them separately and measure them occasionally as well.
7. Fill the water bottle with cold water and spray the garment evenly.
8. Allow the garment to dry completely and away from direct heat.
January 1st, 2018
This stitch is a beautiful vertical rib stitch of hearts. These knitted chains of interlocking hearts are used mostly to knit throws, shawls or scarves.
Use multiple stitches of 9 + 2 for example, 9 x 2 + 2= 20.
Work swatch gauge of as many stitches desired.
Slip 1 stitch knitwise (sl1kw)
Pass slip stitch over (psso)
Knit 2 together (k2tog)
Edge or selvage stitches consist of adding one extra stitch to both ends of your work then knit the first stitch and the last stitch of every row. These stitches allow the knitter to have a nice smooth edge to the garment and create an invisible seam to sew around the armhole and side seams etc.
Row 1: Edge stitch, * p2, k2, yo, k1, sl1kw, k1, psso, p2; repeat from * to last st, edge st
Row 2: Edge stitch, * k2, p5, k2; repeat from * to last st, edge st
Row 3: Edge stitch, * p2, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2; repeat from * to last st, edge st
Row 4: Same as row 2
Repeat rows 1 through 4 for pattern.
December 6th, 2017
Tired of using those flimsy or stiff measuring tapes to find the stitches and rows on your swatch gauge? A lot of knitters are so, here is another tool that makes the task much more easier. This helpful tool is called the Gauge Swatch Measurement Ruler Square Tool for Knitting and Crochet.
The tool comes in all sizes and is laser cut from bamboo. The price is $10 dollar per tool square. For more information click on the link below.