Daily Knitter Blog

Gauge Swatch Measurement Ruler Square Tool for Knitting or Crochet

December 6th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

 

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.

 

https://www.katrinkles.com/shop/gauge-swatch-measurement-ruler-square-tool-for-knitting-or-crochet-bamboo

Lattice StitchPattern

November 15th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

The knit lattice stitch is a very lovely pattern stitch to create and design baby blankets, Afghans or throws. It is not a difficult stitch pattern to learn but it takes time and patience. However, the lattice stitch is worth the wait once you see the end results.

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 =7 rows 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.

The Two Stitch Garter Pattern Stitch

November 14th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

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.

Abbreviations

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.

 

Pattern Instructions

  • 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

Knitting Tips Decreasing Stitches

October 27th, 2017

Hey Knitters,

Here are some knitting tips on how to make decreases in your knitting. These tips can help when you start to make those decreases on garments like sweater armholes, necklines, waistlines or a triangle shawl.

These knitting decreases are called Accentuated Decreasing. Knowing these tips and using the techniques of were to place a decrease will mean the world to you. For more information click on the link below.

http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/stricktipps/stricktipp_betonteabnahmen.html?utm_content=buffer0a969&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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

Sleeve

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.

Stitches

20 * 9= 180

180/4= 45 stitches per 4 inch

45 +2 =47 stitches

Rows

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.

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 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.


http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cPatterns.freePatterns&pattern_id=000055

 

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:

http://comfycozyhome.ru/blog/43288761476/Rukodelnyie-hitrosti.-Kak-razdelit-tolstuyu-pryazhu-na-neskolko-?utm_campaign=transit&utm_source=main&utm_medium=page_0&domain=mirtesen.ru&paid=1&pad=1&mid=1C3286A95CC4BDF8E6E56630CCFE3FC6

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:

https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/patterns/funky-bulky-asymmetrical-sweater/292243

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.