Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 2

Foolish Assumptions 2

How This Book Is Organized 3

Part I: The Nuts and Bolts (or Sticks and String) of Knitting 3

Part II: A Primer on Stitches and Color 3

Part III: Patterns with Rectangles and Related Shapes 4

Part IV: Patterns with Circles, Triangles, and More 4

Part V: The Part of Tens 5

Appendix 5

Icons Used in This Book 5

Where to Go from Here 5

Part 1: The Nuts and Bolts (or Sticks and String) of Knitting 7

Chapter 1: The Right Stuff: Knitting Supplies 9

Unraveling the Basics of Yarn 9

Checking out different types of packaging 9

Reading a yarn label 10

Choosing the right yarn for the job 11

Determining how much yarn you need 13

Getting to the Point of Needles 15

Looking at different kinds of needles 15

Understanding needle sizes 16

Filling Your Knitting Bag with Other Gadgets 17

Measuring tools 18

Markers and holders 18

Tools for keeping track of your knitting 19

Finishing tools 20

Chapter 2: Gauge Your Success 21

Calculating Gauge for Any Project 21

How Tense Are You? Tips for Knitting to the Right Gauge 22

Relaxing with your knitting 23

Switching needles if your gauge is off 23

Swatching Before You Begin a New Project 24

Making your swatch 24

Measuring your swatch 25

Practicing different gauges in a single swatch 27

Checking Your Gauge throughout a Project 28

When to check your gauge 28

How to check your gauge 28

Examining the Drapes of Different Gauges 29

Chapter 3: Do You Measure Up? Size Matters 31

Deciphering a Pattern's Size Information 31

The kinds of size information in a pattern 32

The sizing conventions in this book 32

Measuring Yourself 33

Knowing What Size You Should Knit 34

Focusing on essential fit considerations 35

Factoring in ease 35

Trying the "favorite sweater" technique if you're still unsure about size 35

Chapter 4: Break the Code: Reading Patterns 37

Deciphering Knitroglyphics 37

Understanding common terms and abbreviations 37

Following a repeating pattern 40

Reading charts and symbolcraft 40

Try Before You Buy! Spot-Checking Patterns 44

Are all the parts there? 44

Do you understand the directions? 45

Does the pattern come in your size and style? 45

Part U: A Primer on Stitches and Color 47

Chapter 5: The Simplest Stitches 49

Starting with Garter Stitch 49

Knitting and Purling Stockinette Stitch 50

Mixing It Up with Reverse Stockinette Stitch 51

Staying Simple with Seed Stitch 52

Creating Box Stitch 53

Working Half Linen Stitch 53

Chapter 6: Stitches that Look Tricky but Aren't 55

Lining Up with Ribs 55

Broken rib 58

Two-stitch rib 59

Twisting Away with Cables 60

Two-stitch twist 61

Four-stitch cables 62

Six-stitch cables 63

Horseshoe cable 64

Wave cable and chain cable 65

Seeing Through Your Knitting with Lace 67

Yarn overs 67

Common decreases used in lace 68

Double decreases 69

Other essential lace know-how 70

Openwork 70

Feather and fan 71

Climbing vine lace 72

Arrowhead lace 73

Chapter 7: Colorful Stitches 75

Combining Colors with a Careful Eye 75

Get in Line: Stripes 76

Two-row stripes 77

Regularly repeating stripes 77

Random stripes 79

Classic Color: Fair Isle Patterns 79

Simple stranded pattern 80

Small Fair Isle motif 81

Fair Isle border 82

Slip in Some Color: Mosaics 83

Puzzle piece mosaic 85

Woven cord mosaic 86

Little mosaic 88

Little boxes mosaic 89

Miniature mosaic 90

Color for Cheaters: Adding Details after You Finish Knitting 91

Duplicate stitch 91

Surface crochet 93

Part HI: Patterns with Rectangles and Related Shapes 95

Chapter 8: Rectangles to Wear 97

Garter Stitch Scarf 97

New skill: The double wrap (and beyond) 98

Materials and vital statistics 99

Directions 99

Variation: Using beautiful yarns 100

Variation: Creating a seafoam stitch scarf 100

Ribbed Scarf 101

New skill: Switching from knit to purl and back again 101

Materials and vital statistics 102

Directions 102

Variation: Ribbed scarves with any yarn 103

Box Stitch Scarf 103

Materials and vital statistics 104

Directions 104

Variation: Twins scarf 105

Variation: Two-yarns scarf 105

Flat Hat 106

Materials and vital statistics 107

Directions 107

Variation: Knitting a garter stitch flat hat 108

Retro Slippers for Baby 108

Materials and vital statistics 109

Directions 109

Variation: Using different yarns 110

Variation: Sizing up 110

Longways Multiyarn Stole 111

New skill: Changing colors 111

New skill: Making fringe 112

Materials and vital statistics 113

Directions 113

Variation: Changing yarns 114

Loose Rib Wrap 114

Materials and vital statistics 114

Directions 115

Variation: Make your wrap a poncho 115

Variation: Make your wrap a shrug 116

Box Top 116

Materials and vital statistics 117

Directions 118

Variation: Short and simple 119

Chapter 9: Rectangles for the Home 121

Felted Potholders 121

New skill: Making miters 122

Materials and vital statistics 122

Directions 123

Variation: Single-color potholders 123

Variation: Striped potholders 124

Variation: Coasters 124

Variation: Mitered square afghan 124

Throw Pillows 125

Materials and vital statistics 126

Directions 126

Variation: Retro check pillow 126

Variation: Bean sprout pillow 128

Journal Cover 129

Materials and vital statistics 129

Directions 130

Variation: Small journal cover in half linen stitch 130

Nested Squares Baby Blanket 131

New skill: Picking up stitches along a garter stitch edge 131

Materials and vital statistics 133

Directions 133

Variation: Substituting yarns 134

Chapter 10: Almost Rectangles 135

Felted Messenger Bag 135

New skill: The cable cast-on 136

New skill: Working linen stitch by slipping stitches 137

Materials and vital statistics 138

Directions 138

One-Piece Baby Sweater 141

New skill: Making a buttonhole 141

Materials and vital statistics 142

Directions 143

Deceptively Simple Shell 145

Materials and vital statistics 145

Directions 146

Shawl-Collared Coat 147

New skill: The three-needle bind-off 148

New skill: Pick up and knit vertically 149

New skill: Pick up and knit horizontally 151

Materials and vital statistics 151

Directions 152

Variation: A beautiful border 155

Hooded Coat 156

Materials and vital statistics 156

Directions 157

Part IV: Patterns with Circles, Triangles, and More 161

Chapter 11: Knitting in Circles 163

Ruffled Cowl 163

New skill: Joining your knitting in the round 164

New skill: Increasing with kfb 165

Materials and vital statistics 166

Directions 166

Variation: Turning your cowl into a poncho 167

Wrist Warmers 168

New skill: Working with double-pointed needles 168

Materials and vital statistics 170

Directions 170

Ruffled Muffatees 171

Materials and vital statistics 171

Directions 172

Basic Beanies 172

Materials and vital statistics 173

Directions 173

Variation: Creating a cabled beanie 174

Storybook Hats 175

Materials and vital statistics 175

Directions 176

Variation: Changing yarns 177

Mosaic Bags 177

Materials and vital statistics 178

Directions 179

Variation: Keeping your bag plain and simple 182

Variation: Striping your bag 182

Chapter 12: Shaping Triangles 183

The Most Basic Kerchief Ever 183

Materials and vital statistics 184

Directions 184

The Most Basic Shawl Ever 185

Materials and vital statistics 185

Directions 186

Variation: Changing up your yarn 186

Variation: Making a poncho 186

Fully Fashioned Kerchief 187

New skill: Additional left-slanting decreases 187

Materials and vital statistics 189

Directions 189

Lacy Shawl 190

Materials and vital statistics 191

Directions 191

Variation: Knitting through thick and thin 192

Stretchy Halter Top 192

Materials and vital statistics 193

Directions 193

Short Row Scarf 195

New skill: Working short rows 196

Materials and vital statistics 197

Directions 198

Harlequin Blanket 199

Materials and vital statistics 199

Directions 200

Chapter 13: Putting Together Rectangles and Triangles 201

V-Neck T-Shirt 201

Materials and vital statistics 202

Directions 203

Variation: Crew neck T-shirt with garter stitch edging 205

Kid's Top 207

New skill: Picking up neckline stitches 208

Materials and vital statistics 210

Directions 211

Variation: Short sleeves 213

Variation: Cables 214

Men's Rollneck Pullover 215

New skill: Setting in sleeves in a new way 215

Materials and vital statistics 217

Directions 218

Variation: Showing your man's true colors 221

Manly Sweater 222

New skill: Binding off in rib 222

Materials and vital statistics 223

Directions 224

Variation: Crafting a crew neck 227

Chapter 14: Knitting Beyond Geometry Class 229

Bulky Zipped Cardigan 229

New skill: Trying the make 1 increase 230

Materials and vital statistics 231

Directions 232

Half-Ribbed Raglan Cardigan 234

New skill: Fashioning self-facing buttonbands 235

New skill: Decreasing in rib 236

Materials and vital statistics 237

Directions 238

Variation: Using the perfect buttons 241

Women's Scoop-Neck Pullover 242

Materials and vital statistics 242

Directions 243

Variation: Making a mosaic border 247

Lacy V-Neck Top 247

Materials and vital statistics 248

Directions 249

Variation: Lengthening your top 253

Part V: The Part of Tens 255

Chapter 15: Ten Things You Can Knit with that Aren't Yarn or Needles 257

Chapter 16: Almost Ten Things You Can Do with Your Swatches 259

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to MacGyver Your Knitting 261

Chapter 18: Ten Smart Ways to Care for Your Knits 265

Appendix: Basic Knitting Skills 271

Binding Off 271

Blocking 271

Light blocking 272

Wet blocking 273

Casting On 274

Crocheted Edging 275

Crocheting a Chain 276

Felting 277

Knit Stitch 277

Knitting into the Back of a Stitch 278

Making Stitches Knitwise and Purlwise 279

Mattress Stitch 279

Stockinette stitch, side to side 279

Garter stitch, side to side 281

End to end 282

End to side 282

Purl Stitch 283

Ripping Back Stitches 284

Slipping Stitches 285

Weaving in Ends 286

Index 287

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