Needles and the stitch pattern It is crucial to a successful result

A designer will establish the number of stitches and rows needed to obtain a given measurement in the chosen yarn usually 4 inches or 10 centimeters - and stitch pattern, and use that information when calculating the size and shape of a garment. So it is vital for the knitter following the instructions to work to the same gauge, otherwise the garment simply won't measure the same. Knitting patterns emphasize that the knitter must use the correct yarn, so you might think that this applies to the...

Knit And Purl

Knit-and-purl stitch patterns can be used to create anything from cushions and traditional sweaters to fashion designs in crunchy textures and subtle brocades - the possibilities are endless. Alternate knit anil purl and you get the simplest texture stitches. Group the knits and purls geometrically to make blocks, diagonals, chevrons, and diamonds, or put them together more freely to create motifs. Patterns can be repeated to make an all-over design, or used in panels with simple stitches...

Balanced double decrease

Knitting Increases For Ribs

Working a decrease that takes one stitch from each side and leaves the center stitch on top has lots of potential for shaping and for working beautiful stitch patterns. l Insert the right needle into the second and first stitches as if to knit two together, and slip these stitches onto the right needle. l Insert the right needle into the second and first stitches as if to knit two together, and slip these stitches onto the right needle. 2 Knit the next stitch, then lift the two slipped stitches...

Structurally for lace and solidstitch patterns

Choosing the right decrease for the stitch pattern is vital for shaping garments successfully. The single decreases shown on page 24 reduce the width of the knitting one stitch at a time, but sometimes it's necessary to take more stitches together. A double decrease takes in the knitting more rapidly. In knit one, purl one rib, it can be placed so that the pattern is nor interrupted on the next row. And in many stitch patterns, double decreases are used with double increases to create beautiful...

Bias And Chevron Knitting

Use increases and decreases to shape within the fabric of your knitting to create bias and chevron effects. If you increase and decrease one stitch at opposite ends on alternate rows so that the stitch count remains constant, the knitted fabric will slant while the direction of the stitches remains vertical. Decreases at the beginning and increases at the end of a row lilt the fabric to the left, increases at the beginning and decreases at the end tilt the fabric to the right. Although often...

Grafting Garter Stitch

To keep the pattern correct, make sure that the lower piece of knitting ends with a ridge and the upper piece with a smooth row. To join the row, work the lower stitches as knit grafting and the upper stitches as purl grafting. ABring the needle down through the first stitch on the lower piece, up through the loop at the side edge, and down in the center of the next loop on the upper piece. Then go up through the first stitch of the lower piece. Continue in this way along the row, tensioning...

Grafting

Grafting Knitting

Duplicating a row of stitches with yarn and a wool needle makes an invisible join in knitting. Use this technique to alter the length of a garment or adapt the method to join shoulder seams. Always use a blunt-pointed needle to avoid splitting stitches and thread it with enough yarn to work a row. Tension the sewn stitches to match the knitting. To make an alteration, snip a stitch in the center of the row, then pick up the loops of the stitches above and the stitches of the row below as you...

Bar increase on a knit row

Knitting into the front and the hack of a stitch is the most common increase. It's a neat, firm increase which makes a little bar on the right side of the work at the base of the new stitch. This makes it easy to count rows between shapings. l Knit into the front of the stitch, and pull the loop through, but leave the stitch on the left needle. 2 Knit into the back of the stitch on the left needle. 3 Slip the stitch off the left needle making two stitches on the right needle. Note that the bar...

Essential Equipment

Knitting needles are an investment because you'll use them time and time again. Look alter your needles carefully and they'll last for years, but when the points are damaged or the needles are bent, it's time to throw them out and buy new ones. A This knitting needle gauge has metric sizes on the one side, American and imperial sizes on the other. M Pairs of needles are made in a variety of lengths ranging from around loin 25cm to i6in 40cm . Most knitting needles are aluminum, usually with a...