Granniesinc Guide to Knitting: Learn Tips & Techniques from by Katie Mowat

By Katie Mowat

The advisor to knitting written via the single real experts—grannies

When it involves knitting, who is aware greater than your grandma? if you happen to get tangled in a ball of wool, she's continuously the 1st individual you name that can assist you style your pass sew out of your cable. whereas recruiting for her fledgling on-line knitwear corporation, Katie Mowat rapidly discovered that it used to be typically older girls, particularly grandmas, who have been volunteering their providers, and so Grannies Inc. used to be born. for the reason that 2009 they've got long gone from energy to power, and from one product (beanies) to designing and generating an entire variety of knitwear. Her crack squad of 15 grannies contribute their "purls" of knowledge and styles to assist the hot knitting iteration during this beautiful booklet. With knitting styles for snoods, legwarmers, slouch socks, machine circumstances, and beanies, knitters will be cool and comfy very quickly.

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Yarn The variety of yarns available to the hand knitter never fails to astound us. Every time we visit our local yarn shops they have a new array of wonderful samples to show us. If you took a peek in any seasoned knitter’s yarn stash you’d most probably find a huge variety of yarns of differing fibres and weights, colours and textures. Yarn can get quite addictive, so we warn you now that once you start, you’ll forever be adding to your stash and before you know it you’ll have yarn coming out of your ears!

Basic Shaping Even though scarves and blankets are really fun to knit, you’ll be limited to producing only rectangular items if you don’t learn to ‘shape’ your knitting. It’s very common for patterns to include some basic shaping techniques, which involve increasing and decreasing stitches. Increasing will widen the fabric and decreasing will narrow the fabric, and it is often the case that shaping will happen evenly across a row to create a symmetrical result. Increasing There are two common methods of increasing stitches along a row of knitting: knitting into the front and back of a stitch to create two stitches out of one, or picking up and knitting the strand of yarn lying between two stitches to create an extra stitch.

Having four is sufficient to be able to knit in the round, but opt for five if possible so you have a spare. ). While double-pointed needles can seem intimidating at first, our advice is to stay calm and don’t panic – they’re not all that bad, really! We will tell you now they will be very uncomfortable to hold to begin with, very awkward indeed, but as you practise they will start to feel like second nature and you’ll soon have socks coming out of your ears! To knit on double-pointed needles, first cast on the required number of stitches onto a single needle and then divide them equally between three needles so that you end up with a triangle of stitches.

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