Knitting And Sewing

PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS

Unless otherwise directed cast on and cast off loosely.

In joining wool ravel out both ends for 3 inches, break off half the strands of one end, lay the remaining strands together in opposition, drawing them through each other, moisten the palms and rub the joined part between them, knit this joining without pulling it. All wool should be joined this way in preference to tying a knot.

There are two ways of slipping a stitch: as though about, to knit it and as though to purl it. Use the first on knitting rows and patterns and the latter on purling rows and patterns.

There are three ways of increasing:

  • 1) Throwing the wool over the top of the needle between two stitches, and knitting off this throw over as a stitch on the next row; this makes a small pattern:
  • 2) Knitting first in the front of the loop and then in the back of the loop before slipping the stitch off the left hand needle; this also makes a small pattern:

(3) Knitting up a stitch in the loop of the stitch underneath, i.e., the stitch of the preceding row; this hardly shows.

In narrowing, knitting two stitches together in the front loops of the stitches will make the narrowing slant from left to right. Knitting two stitches together in the back loops of the stitches will make the narrowing slant from right to left.

Press knitting with a damp cloth over it and an iron that is not too hot, as wool scorches easily. As a rule, do not press ribbing and fancy knitting, as it flattens out the pattern.

In the crochet directions the English terms are used—treble, called double crochet in America, throwing the thread once over the needle before picking up a loop; double crochet, called single crochet in America, picking up a loop without throwing the thread over the needle.

All articles in pairs, such as socks, gloves, etc., should be tacked together with a bit of wool when finished, and all knitted articles should have a few cut needlefuls of the same wool twisted into a small hank and sewed to them, for mending purposes.

Mark all articles with the name in full, with indelible ink, on linen tape, or with Cash's woven names.

English wools have been illustrated and given in this book, but if they are unprocurable, any wool in the same ply and texture will do. Fingering, sometimes called Scotch Fingering, the wool required for socks, usually is called knitting yarn in

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