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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - June 8 on: June 08, 2011 09:36:22 AM
Another Wednesday is here!

I actually made some good progress last week!

The purple sweater is coming along...I'm now on the sleeves.


Socks - I finished the heel of one yesterday and I'm hoping to do the heel of the other today.  The lady I'm making these for wants them 9 inches high...so I still have bunch of knitting to do on these.  Do you guys think I need to do some increases for the leg at some point since they're going to be 9 inches tall?


So...What are you guys working on this week?  Grin
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Tutorial: Russian Join on: June 01, 2011 10:47:35 PM
The Russian Join is my new favorite method to join a new ball of yarn.  I like this method because it's a much stronger join than just tying a knot and you don't have any annoying loose ends to weave in!!  Grin

1.  Thread your working yarn (the one connected to your project) onto a yarn needle.  I use the thinnest yarn needle I have.


2.  Insert the needle into the center of the yarn.  Split the yarn apart with the needle and try to get the needle down into the center of the yarn as best as you can for about 2 inches.  Some yarns are easier than others.


3.  Pull the needle thru but keep a loop.


4.  Now thread the needle onto the new ball of yarn.


5.  Pull the new yarn thru the loop (in Step 3)


6.  Split the new yarn and push the needle into the center ....like you did in Step 2 (but with the yarn attached the ball this time).


7.  Pull the needle thru.  No need to worry about keeping a loop this time.


8.  Pull tightly on both ends of yarn.  This will connect the two ends.  If you did a good job of threading it into the center of the yarn (in steps 2 and 6), you should be able to tug pretty tight and it won't break.  If it breaks, try again!


9.  Cut the tails off and you're ready to continue knitting.  The yarn will be a bit thicker where the join is located but once you knit it up you hardly notice it!
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - June 1 on: June 01, 2011 09:44:57 PM
A little late posted this...I had a crazy day!

I'm still working on the same things...socks and the purple sweater.

I made some great progress on the sweater though.  I finished the lower body!!! 


I started on the sleeves today and have about 3 inches done!  I think they'll go quickly.  Smiley

So...what are you guys working on this week? 
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Tutorial: Simple Bind Off on: May 26, 2011 08:33:09 PM
Now that you've finished your project, you need to get the stitches off your needles.  We will bind off!

1.  Knit 2 Stitches


2.  Pass the first stitch you knit over the second by grabbing the first stitch with your left needle and pulling it over the second and then off the needle.



3.  So now, only the second stitch remains on the right needle.


4.  Repeat to the end.  You'll be left with one stitch on the right needle. 

5.  Cut the yarn (you'll probably want to leave more than I left in this picture so you can weave it in).


6.  Pull the loop so the tail comes up thru forming a knot.  Pull tight.  Now you're ready to weave in the ends.


This is a Simple Knit Bind Off.  If the pattern calls for a Purl Bind Off - simply just purl instead of knit!

Please feel free to let me know if any of this doesn't make sense or you have any questions.  I can always take more pictures or add more descriptions to make this more clear. Smiley
45  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Tutorial: Purl Stitch (English Method) on: May 26, 2011 08:24:49 PM
1.  Place the needle with the cast on stitches in your Left hand with the point of the needle facing to the right.

2.  Hold the empty needle in your right hand.  Hold the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball) in your right hand.  Note: The yarn is held to the front of both needles.

3.  Insert the Right needle into the front of the first stitch on the Left needle.  The needles will form an "X" with the right one in the front.


4.  Pinch both needles with your left hand.  Wrap the yarn around the right needle (going between the needles) then back around the front to the right.



5.  Pull the right needle to the back(bringing along the yarn you just wrapped).  So now you'll still have an "X" but with the right needle in the back.


6.  Slide the stitch off the left needle.  So now you should have one stitch on the right (and one less on the left).


7. Repeat to the end.  All the stitches should now on the right needle and the left needle should be empty.

To start another row, just move the right needle to the left hand and start all over again!

NOTE:  When Purling, the yarn is held to the front.  When Knitting, the yarn is held to the back. 

Please feel free to let me know if any of this doesn't make sense or you have any questions.  I can always take more pictures or add more descriptions to make this more clear. Smiley
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Tutorial: Knit Stitch (English Method) on: May 26, 2011 08:15:44 PM
Alrighty, so we Cast On as may stitches as required, now we are ready to knit!

1.  Place the needle with the cast on stitches in your Left hand with the point of the needle facing to the right.

2.  Hold the empty needle in your right hand.  Hold the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball) in your right hand.  Note: The yarn is held to the back of both needles.

3.  Insert the Right needle into the front of the first stitch on the Left needle.  The needles will form an "X" with the right one in the back.


4.  Pinch both needles with your left hand.  Wrap the yarn behind the right needle and then between both needles.



5.  Pull the right needle to the front (bringing along the yarn you just wrapped).  So now you'll still have an "X" but with the right needle in the front.


6.  Slide the stitch off the left needle.  So now you should have one stitch on the right (and one less on the left).


7. Repeat to the end.  All the stitches should now on the right needle and the left needle should be empty.

To start another row, just move the right needle to the left hand and start all over again!

You now know the easiest Knitting Stitch Pattern - Garter Stitch - which is simply knitting every row!  

Please feel free to let me know if any of this doesn't make sense or you have any questions.  I can always take more pictures or add more descriptions to make this more clear. Smiley
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Tutorial: Simple/Backwards Loop Cast On on: May 26, 2011 07:59:28 PM
This is probably the easiest (but not necessarily the best) cast on method.

1.  Start with a slip knot on one needle.


2.  Wrap the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball) around your left thumb (see picture below).  I like to put my right index finger on top of the stitches already cast on, just to hold them in place.


3.  Insert Needle into yarn on thumb


4.  Drop your thumb and pull the loop onto the needle


NOTE:  If you're having a difficult time wrapping it around your thumb and all that, you could just fold the yarn into a loop (making sure it looks like the loop in Step 4 - with the working yarn coming to the front) and place it onto the needle.

5.  Pull tight


6. Repeat for as many stitches as needed.


As I mentioned before, this isn't the best cast on method because it creates rather tight loops that make the first row rather tricky to knit.  Also, it stretches out as you knit the first row.  This cast on is good to use in the middle of a project when the pattern calls for adding on a couple stitches.

Please feel free to let me know if any of this doesn't make sense or you have any questions.  I can always take more pictures or add more descriptions to make this more clear. Smiley
48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Tutorial: Slip Knot on: May 26, 2011 07:44:14 PM
The first thing you need to do to start knitting is to make a slip knot.

1. Create a Loop - Make sure the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball) is in the back.


2. Fold the Loop onto the tail


3.  Insert Needle


4.  Pull Tail and Working Yarn snugly around the needle


Now you're ready to Cast On!  Smiley

Please feel free to let me know if any of this doesn't make sense or you have any questions.  I can always take more pictures or add more descriptions to make this more clear. Smiley
49  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Learn To Knit-Along? on: May 26, 2011 07:28:40 PM
Have you ever wanted to learn to knit and not sure where to get started?? 

I'm working on posting some "learn to knit" tutorials and thought maybe it would be fun to do a "Learn to Knit-along"!   

If there was enough interest, I thought it might be fun to learn together (have a little support/motivation and be able to ask questions).  Maybe the goal could be to make some sort of sampler scarf to try out a bunch of stitches and techniques.

Any interest? 
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to Knit - Updated June 1, 2011 on: May 26, 2011 07:17:41 PM
This is an ongoing project for the Craftster Knitting board; as such, it will be updated often!

The goal: a complete How To Knit guide hosted on Craftster.

The format: This is a list of every knitting technique we could think of.  Over time, each technique will become a link to a tutorial posted here on Craftster on how to do that technique.


How YOU can help:
If you've heard of a technique that isn't listed here, please suggest it (as a reply to this thread) so that we can add it to the list!

If you know how to do any of the techniques listed here and would like to do up a tutorial, please do so, and then post the Craftster link to it in reply to this thread.  Someone will periodically go through this thread, add the new ideas and tutorials to the master list (and will delete your reply to this thread, just to keep things tidy and easy to manage).

The rules: For a tutorial to be listed here, it has to be hosted on Craftster (on the Knitting: Discussions and Questions board).  Tutorials hosted off-site will not be included.  If at all possible, please host your pictures on Craftster Picture Hosting.  If your pictures disappear and we can't get a hold of you, your tutorial may no longer be linked from this list (decided case-by-case)

If you are interested in creating the tutorials, please try to "fill in the gaps" and focus on the techniques that don't have a tutorial already.  However, do not hesitate to create another tutorial for a technique that already has one, as everyone learns differently and the wording and types of pictures you choose to use may be just the thing someone needs to be successful!

Finally, try to create separate posts for each technique to avoid confusion.

List of Tutorials

The Basics
Getting Started - Yarns, Needles, Accessories
Gauge
Reading Patterns

Slip Knot

Cast Ons
- Simple/Backwards Loop
- Long Tail
- Knit Cast On
- Cable Cast on
- Tubular Cast on
- Lace Cast On
- Provisional Crocheted Cast On
- Invisible Cast On
- German Tiwsted Cast On
- Twisted Purl Cast On

Knit Stitch- English
Knit Stitch - Contential
Purl Stitch- English
Purl Stitch - Contential

Knit/Purl To Back Loop
Slipping Stiches - Purl/Knit wise

Joining New Yarn
Russian Join

Bind Offs
- Simple (Knit/Purl)
- Knit 2 Together
- Yarn Over Bind Off
- I-Cord Bind Off
- Tubular Bind Off
- Sewn Bind Off
- Three Needle Bind Off
- Suspended Bind Off
- Single/Double Crochet Bind Off

Stitch Patterns
- Garter
- Stockinette
- Garter Stitch Stripe
- Seed Stitch
- Box Stitch
- Rib Patterns
- Bobble
- Trinity Stitch
- Knot Stitch
- Cables (with and without cable needle)
- I Cord

Increases
- Knit/Purl to Front & Back
- Yarn Over
- Make 1 Right
- Make 1 Left
- Row Below

Decreases
- Knit 2 Together/ Purl 2 Together
- Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK)
- Slip, Slip, Purl (SSP)
- Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (SKP or Sl1, K1, PSSO)

Fixing Mistakes
- Twisted Stitches
- Dropped Stitches
- Unraveling (Lifelines)

Techniques
- Circular Needles
- Double Pointed Needles
- 2 on 2 Circulars
- 2 on 1 Circular
- Magic Loop
- Colorwork - Fair Isle, Intarsia
- Double Knitting
- Basic Sock Formula
- Short Row Shaping
- Unraveling an Ugly Sweater for Yarn
- Knit with Beads

Finishing
- Weave in Ends
- Blocking
- Seaming
- Kitchener Stitch
- Picking up Stitches
- Buttonholes
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