Casting off knitwise

This is the most common technique for casting off and is sometimes called 'chain cast-off because it makes a chain along the top of the knitting. 2 Lift this stitch over the second stitch and slip it off the right needle so that you have only 1 stitch on the right needle. 2 Lift this stitch over the second stitch and slip it off the right needle so that you have only 1 stitch on the right needle. 1 Knit the first 2 stitches from the left needle onto the right needle in the usual way. * With the...

Synthetic yarns

These include rayon, acrylic, polyester, lycra and nylon. They are sometimes blended with plant fibres to make them more elastic and help them retain their shape when knitted. Synthetic yarns tend to be cheaper than those made from natural fibres because they cost less to manufacture and are often machine washable. Viscose rayon is actually manufactured from wood pulp and yarns have also been developed in recent years from recycled plastic bottles, textiles, milk and bamboo. Each strand of...

Tip Neatening The Last Stitch

The last cast-off stitch is sometimes considerably larger than the others. This can be neatened by sewing it into the seam when joining pieces together. If this is not possible, cast off all the stitches except the last one. Slip this stitch onto the right needle. Use the tip of the left needle to pick up the final stitch on the row below, then return the slipped stitch to the left needle. Work these 2 stitches together. 1 If you are joining two separate pieces of knitting together, place both...

Make purlwise

Follow the instructions for make 1 purlwise but do not slip the lifted loop off the left needle after you have purled into the back of it. Now insert the right needle into the front of the loop and purl the stitch. You have now made 2 new stitches. Slip the loop off the left needle. 2 Wrap the yarn anticlockwise around the tip of the right needle. Pull the right needle back, drawing the loop of yam between the two stitches. Transfer this new stitch onto the left needle. Repeat this process...

Make knitwise

This is basically the same as make 1 knitwise except that you are working into both the back and front of the loop to create 2 new stitches. 2 Now insert the right needle into the front of the loop and knit the stitch. You have now made 2 new stitches. Slip the loop off the left needle. Some projects require stitches to be left on a holder to be worked at a later stage in the pattern. Simply insert the pin of the holder from right to left through each stitch, taking care not to twist them. When...

Before you start

One size to fit average-sized woman's feet 2 x 5og 20Z balls approx. i86m 20iyds per ball 4-ply silk yarn 52 small clear beads 3 x 25g ioz balls approx. I25m i37yds per ball 4-ply cashmere extra fine merino mix yarn Scrap of yarn in a contrasting colour for embroidery leftover yarn from the beaded socks is used here 1 pair 2.75mm needles 1 pair 3.25mm needles 28 sts x 38 rows to 10cm 4m measured over stocking stitch using 3.25mm needles bi - place 1 bead k - knit k2tog -knit 2 stitches together...

Increase knitwise

This increase can be worked anywhere on a row and involves knitting into a stitch twice in order to make an extra stitch. 1 Work to the point in the row where you need to increase. Knit into the front of the stitch on the left needle in the usual way, but do not slip it off the left needle when you have finished. 1 Work to the point in the row where you need to increase. Purl into the front of the stitch on the left needle in the usual way, but do not slip it off the left needle when you have...

Tip Successful Felting

Successful felting using a washing machine is about trial and error. This is largely due to differences in makes of machine and wash programme. Too cold a wash for too short a time and the fabric will not shrink enough too hot a wash for too long and your knitting could resemble concrete. It is therefore a good idea to knit a test swatch for this project - 20 sts x 32 rows on 5.5mm needles. Wash the piece at 40X ioo'F on your machine's quick or half-wash programme approx. 30-40 minutes long...

Changing colours on a purl row

Work to where you need to change colour. Insert the tip of the right needle into the next stitch purlwise. Bring the first colour yellow over the top of the second colour pink and drop, then pick up the second colour. Making sure the colours stay twisted, continue as directed by the pattern. 1 Using yarn A pink , work 3 stitches. Drop yarn A and pick up yarn B yellow , carrying it over yarn A. Work the next 3 stitches, then drop yarn B. 2 Work the next stitch with yarn A, dropping yarn B from...

Ptog tbl

Purl 2 together through the back of the loop creates a slope to the left on the face of the fabric. 1 Work to where you need to decrease. Insert the tip of the right needle purlwise into the back of the first 2 stitches on the left needle. 2 Purl the 2 stitches as if they were a single stitch. You have now decreased 1 stitch. 1 Work to where you need to decrease. Insert the tip of the right needle purlwise into the back of the first 2 stitches on the left needle. 1 Insert the tip of the right...