Buying Yarn For A Knitting Pattern

Try to buy the yam specified in your knitting pattern however, if you prefer to use a substitute, buy a yam that is the same weight and has the same tension (see Tension on page 20), and where possible the same fibre content. If you use a synthetic yam instead of a natural fibre, a even wool where cotton had been aiginally used, the stitch patterns may appear softer and less delineated. Synthetics can also appear limp, which means that the cnspness of the original garment will have been lost....

Knitting Beads Into Stocking Stitch

When you knit with beads, you need to thread the beads onto your yam befae you start knitting. If your yam is thin enough, you can thread it on a needle, then pass the needle through the centre of each bead. But if your yam is too thick to do this, use the technique fa threading given here. Fold a length of fine but strong sewing thread around the end of your knitting yam, then thread both ends of the sewing thread through the needle. Pass the needle through the beads and push the beads over...

Finding inspiration for edgings

Ideas for edgings can sometimes be informed by the pattern on the main part of the knit you are designing - such as matching a particular stitch pattern like moss stitch or garter stitch - but sometimes inspiration can come from seeing an eyelet edging on a beautiful linen pillowcase, or a broderie anglaise border on a crisp cotton tablecloth. Most edgings are best worked in a finer yam, particularly cotton, for crisp stitch detailing.

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Papers used by Ebury Press are natural, recyclable products made from wood grown m sustainable forests. Colour separation by Colorlito in Milan Printed and bound in Italy by Graphicom Types of yarns and care of garments 10 Beginning to knit 14 Knit and purl and first textures 16 Simple shaping and casting off 18 Knitting patterns 20 Abbreviations 21 Basics for seams and picking up stitches 24 Simple shaping class 26 Baby's Cashmere Scarf and Beanie Hat 28 Baby's Top with Moss Stitch Trim 32...

Weaving In On A Knit

1 To weave yam on a knit stitch, insert the nght-hand needle into the next stitch and lay the yam to be woven in over the right-hand needle. Knit the stitch with working yam, taking it under the yam not in use and making sure you do not catch this strand into the knitted stitch. 2 Knit the next stitch with the working yam, taking it over the yam being woven in. Continue like this, weaving the loose colour over and under the working yam alternately with each stitch until you need to use it...

Stranding On A Purl

1 On a right-side knit row, to change colours drop the colour you were using. Then pick up the new colour, take it over the top of the dropped colour and start knitting with it. 2 To change back to the old colour, drop the colour you were knitting with. Then pick up the old colour, take it under the dropped colour and knit to the next colour change, and so on. 1 On a wrong-side purl row. to change colours drop the colour you were using. Then pick up the new colour, take it over the top of the...

Stranding yarns

The stranding technique is used when each colour is only used over a few - usually less than four - stitches. To practice stranding, try knitting a simple checkerboard pattern. First, cast on a multiple of stitches divisible by three, plus any stitches you wish to work as your border on either side. Before starting the colour pattern, work your lower border in a single colour. Then on the first colourwork row, work three stitches in your contrast colour and three stitches in your main colour...

Finding inspiration for embroidery

I can be inspired by embroidery details on old fabrics found in junk shops and car boot a garage sales. A recent trip to Chinatown resulted in me staggering back home with a treasure trove of goodies - embroidered slippers and bags, and a tiny pair of silk shoes for a baby. I am lucky enough to live in a multi-ethnic part of London, where I am often dazzled by the wonderful fabrics on display in the local sari shops. Embroidery on knitting can also be in the form of Swiss darning or duplicate...

Rib Seam Joining Knit And Purlstitch Edges

Insert the needle unda a horizontal bar in the centre of a knit stitch at the edge of one piece of knitting and then at the edge of the other piece. Continue to do this, drawing up the thread to form one complete knit stitch along the seam. Skip the purl stitch at the edge of each piece of knitting and join the seam at the centre of knit stitches, as fa joining two knit-stitch edges. Skip the purl stitch at the edge of one piece of knitting and join the seam at the centre of knit stitches, as...

Swiss darning or duplicate stitch

Then work parallel stitches close together. The stitches can be made straight across or at an angle depending on the effect desired. Do not pull the thread too tightly or the knitting will become distorted. 1 Thread a blunt-ended needle with yam the same weight as the stitch you are darning over. Bring the needle out at the base of the first stitch you want to cover, then take it under the 2 Take the needle back through the base of the first stitch and out...

Acknowledgements

This book would not have been possible without the invaluable contribution of the following people The knitters. Pat Church, Lynda Clarke. Penny Hill. Shirley Kennet, Maisie Lawrence. Beryl Salter and Frances Wallace. Jane Bunce and Jane Crowfoot, whose help in the shop and contribution to ideas have been invaluable. Penny Hill, fa pattern compiling, and Marilyn Wlson. for her thaough checking. Sally Harding, the dita, for her tremendous aganisational skills. Sandra Lane, fa the beautiful...

Sizes And Measurements

To fit ages 2 3 4 years 25 sts and 34 rows to 10cm 4in over st st using 3'Amm UK No 10 US size 3 needles. With 2 A mm No12 US 2 needles cast on 92 98 104 sts. Work 7 rows in garter st k every row to form garter st band. Change to 3'Amm No 10 US 3 needles and work back with Rep last 2 rows 3 times more, so ending with a WS row. Beg with a k row, work in st st only until back measures 38 41 44 cm 15 16'A 17'A in from cast-on edge, ending with a Divide for neck shaping on next row as foil Next row...

Practising a vertical colour change

The intarsia technique is used when individual blocks of colour are worked. This can mean that on some motif knitting you may have to work with a lot of separate lengths of yam across a row. Do not be tempted to avoid this by using the stranding or weaving-in techniques - your motifs won't lie flat, and the main background colour may well show through. The best way to try out intarsia is to knit a swatch where two colours are divided vertically, using the techniques on page 69, which show how...

Front Cross Cable

Flat Cable Stitches

1 Slip the first three cable stitches purtwise off the left-hand needle and onto the cable needle. Leave the cable needle at the back of the work, then knit the next three stitches on the left-hand needle, keeping the yam tight to prevent a gap from forming in the knitting. 2 Next, knit the three stitches directly from the cable needle, a if preferred, slip the three stitches from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle and then knit them. This completes the cable cross. 1 Slip the...

Enhancing your knitwear

Embroidery is one of my favourite ways of enhancing my knitwear. A simple jacket can be transformed by using it on a collar a pocket. It can brighten up a dull garment or update a classic. I particularly love embroidery when it is used against a very contrasting yam, brights worked on a rustic tweedy yam a on the faded washed out blue of a denim see Embroidered Denim Jacket on page 95 . Embroidering your knitting can also be a good way of adding colour to a garment if you are a fairly novice...