Knitting from a chart

The Fairisle hat pattern on page 64 includes both written instructions and a chart. To write out the whole pattern would be very complicated it is easier to visualize your knitting as the chart and begin to treat it as a picture, 'painting' with coloured yarns. Reading the chart is easier if you imagine it as the right side of a piece of knitting, working from the lower edge to the top. Each square on the chart represents 1 stitch each line of squares represents 1 row of knitting. When working...

Embellishments

Once you have completed your project, a great way of adding detail is to embellish your knitting - by simply sewing things on. For example, before sewing up the mittens on page 84,1 sewed on sequins and beads randomly using silver thread, as well as embroidering star shapes. Using a really basic pattern, such as the Customized hat on page 48, and adding buttons, a spray of feathers and a little butterfly, I have given it a very different look. By sewing things onto your knitting you can really...

Embroidery

This embroidery effect is achieved by working individual chain stitches to form petals. These can be grouped together to make a flower of four or five petals, or worked singly to create a leaf. Lazy daisy stitch looks very effective worked either as self-coloured embroidery or in contrast colours, using up any oddments of yarn you might have. Bring the needle from the back to the front of the knitting and wind the yarn several times around the needle, according to the size of knot required....

Pom poms tassels and cords

1 Decide on the size of pom pom required. Cut two circles of card with a diameter slightly bigger than that of the finished pom pom. Cut a smaller hole in the centre of each circle, about half the size of the original diameter. The larger this hole, the fuller the pom pom will be. 2 Holding the two card rings together, wind the yarn around them using several strands at a time for speed until the ring is completely covered. As the hole at the centre gets smaller, you may find it easier to use a...