Left Handed Knitting

Knitting is an ambidextrous task The left hand and right hand are equally important. If you are left handed, first try to learn using either the English or Continental method discussed earlier in diis chapter. The awkwardness you might be feeling isn't necessarily because you are left handed we all feel awkward when beginning. The procedures in this section are specifically geared toward left banders using die English method, but you will forevermore have to reverse instructions and it can...

Parts of a rochet Hook

Let's take a look at what a crochet hook really looks like and the name of each part. The crochet hook is actually made up of four distinct parts. The four simple parts of the hook have been designed for comfort and to speed up your work. Each part has a unique function The point goes into the stitch on the crocheted fabric. The throat catches the yarn. The throat needs to be large enough to accommodate the yarn being used. The shank holds the loops with which you're working. The shank is...

Comparing Needle and Hook Sizes

It's handy to know which knitting needle size compares to which crochet hook size. Knitters will find many uses for crochet hooks. You will need them for correcting problems, picking up stitches around necklines, adding a crochet edge to a knit piece, and much more. You'll want to use die equivalent size hook in most cases. special type of crochet that requires many stitches to be held on the crochet hook. Special afghan hooks that look like a cross between a crochet hook and a knitting needle...

Contents

1 Why Knit or Crochet From Fundamental to Just Plain Fun Why Bother Get Slow Dawn Your Hectic Pace Make Pieces for the Take It So What Exactly Is Knitting and Crocheting 2 Choose Your Palette A Yarn Put Up Your Yarn Common Yarn Packaging Learning to Read Yarn Selecting a Fiber Watching Your Weight I Iow Thick Is the Yarn Substituting Yarn 3 An Overview of Knitting and Crochet Tools Knitting Needles Straight or Circular Is That American or English Trekking Through the Material Crochet Parts of a...

Gadgets Make the Job Easier

There's a gadget for just about anything you can imagine. Most aren't really necessary but they do make your life easier. Many are useful to bodi knitters and crocheters. Small, sharp embroider scissors are a must. You'll be doing quite a bit of yarn cutting. Project bags are great for holding your work, yarn, and other necessary items when you're on the go. There are many on die market designed especially for this purpose diaper bags work well, too You might also want something to store all...

Why Knit or rochet

Knitting Crocheting Didn't these skills die out some time ago along with butter churning Absolutely not Knitting and crocheting are alive and well and more popular than ever before. You are about to join the millions of people who in recent years have learned the arts of knitting and crocheting. In this chapter you'll discover the joys of knitting and crocheting while no longer necessary to daily life, they're creative, relaxing, and very fulfilling pastimes. You'll also learn the differences...

Measuring Tools

A good tape measure and gauge counter will help you immeasurably no pun intended . You can use both to check your gauge as you'll learn in Chapter 4 , and you'll use the tape measure for a million odier tasks measuring the length of a sleeve, the waist size of your best friend to whom you promised a sweater, and so on. Although you can wait to purchase most of the accessories in this section, go out at lunch and buy yourself a good tape measure. You'll use it almost immediately.

Poi nters

Always cut out knots and imperfections. Occasionally you will find knots in your The yarn label contains all the information you need to know about the yarn and whether it will work for a pattern you have in mind. Familiarize yourself with this information and what it means. Always ask the staff at the yarn shop for help if you're not sure. Choosing the right yarn can mean the difference between a successful and a failed project. yarn. Yarn is spun and dyed in long lengths and then wound into...