Tension Swatches

The only means of ensuring that knitting can be copied accurately is to specify the tension of a piece of knitting when worked using a particular yarn and needle size. The tension is the number of stitches and rows that were obtained per centimetre or inch of knitting. For greater accuracy, the stitches and rows are usually measured over a distance of 10cm Win). Before starting work with a new pattern, check the tension by working a sample, which should be slightly larger than a 10cm (4in)...

Ud Jt

Quick and simple to make, this funky belt combines well with jeans or it can be worn low on the hips with a dress or skirt. The loose, open knit means the strips of knitting grow rapidly, so you can experiment with different yarn and colour combinations to enhance your wardrobe. By altering the width of the strips, you could create anything from a pencil-thin belt to a really chunky wrap. Place the strips one on top of the other and sew them together using the yarn colour of the top strip. cV I...

Finishing Using A Steam Iron

When working with natural fibre yarns - such as 100 per cent merino wools, silk and pure cotton - a steam iron should be used at the wool or cotton setting, as appropriate, to give a professional finish to the finished pieces. Steam restores moisture and relaxes the fibres, allowing them to be 'set' into shape by the heat of the iron. If you need to increase the size or alter the shape of a natural fibre fabric piece, it is possible to pin the piece to a padded ironing board to the required...

Casting On Twoneedle Method

There are many methods of casting on and each knitter tends to have their own favourite. This one is suggested for most of the projects in this book because it gives a firm, elastic edge and is ideal for the featured pieces. The two-needle method makes it easy to form a tidy, moderately loose cast-on row with two needles. It really is worth while to practise until you feel confident that you can produce a cast-on that is going to look good and be comfortable to work from. If you are a complete...

Calculating The Pattern

Because your lampshade size is likely to be different from the one used here, you will need to work out the individual pattern for your lampshade cover. First measure the top circumference a , height b and bottom circumference c of the shade. o gt e I Draw out a rectangle where the horizontal side length a is the top circumference measurement and the vertical side length b is the height. Work out the difference between the top and bottom circumferences c - a , and extend the bottom line of the...

Stocking Stitch

Fingerless Gloves Knit Patterns

Stocking stitch is knitted by working one row in knit and purling the following row. It produces a fabric that is smooth on one side the knitted side and tightly looped on the reverse the purl side .T-shirt fabric, tights and 1980s leggings are all commercial examples of stocking stitch. The knit side is usually considered to be the right side but sometimes the purl side is used for the main side - then the pattern is referred to as reverse stocking stitch . Rib patterns create a series of...