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« on: September 28, 2004 07:45:59 PM »

In response to the blog comment about non-knitters running screaming from the Knitting forums because of being overwhelmed by the crazy jargon in here, i thought maybe, we could welcome in the non-initiated and ease them in by defining some of the language of knitting.

So here's some to start off:

To knit: the action of creating a fabric by looping yarn around two needles.

Felting: to make a fabric like FELT (the kind that you can buy at the craft store), but you knit the fabric yourself, using wool, and then shrink it and make the wool fibres mat together using hot water and scrubbing, or by throwing in a washing machine.  Can make cool bags, hats, really warm jackets like this.

Knit / Purl - two different kinds of stitches, used individually or together in different combinations to create different patterns.  Both very easy to learn, and then you know how to do hundreds of patterns.

Frog / Froggit - to rip out (rip it, rip it, get it?)  I first heard this in the Stitch n'Bitch book, but it has probably been around longer.  You frog it when something goes really wrong and you have to take your knitting project back lots of rows to fix the mistake.

Stitch n Bitch / SnB - a book and a knitting movement.  Book by Debbie Stoller (of Bust magazine), Stitch n Bitches are also knitting circles or clubs in many different cities ariound the world.  You can get together, hang out, chat and work on projects together.

Wool - also called yarn (sometimes).  Wool itself is yarn created from sheep fibres.  So it is natural.  Can be mixed with other fibres like cotton, silk, or acrylic.  Yarn usually refers to the wool or acrylic fibre in the string form that you use to knit.  (Sorry, this is confusing).

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2004 07:52:17 PM »

blocking - the simplist form of this is just getting the knitted object wet, laying it out and arranging it the way you want it to look, and then letting it dry.

we were actually explaining this to someone at a SnB - she thought it was some magical process and had been scared about it.  it does sound kind of mystical...
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indiaromeo
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2004 08:13:32 PM »

Good idea! Sometimes all of the abbreviations can be a little overwhelming. Here's a really long list of knitting abbreviations and their definitions: http://www.yarnstandards.com/knit.html
 
Oh, and there are these, too:

WIP = work in progress
UFO = unfinished object
LYS = local yarn store/shop


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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2004 07:52:47 AM »

Fair Isle - Knitting with normally 2 colors on a given row.. also known as "color work"

Intarsia - this means you will work with colors also but in unlike fair isle it isnt carried across the row. For example you  have a solid blue sweater and want to put a red monkey in the center.. that would call for Intarsia..  Fair Isle is like if you want a whole row of pink hearts on a gray sweater, and it goes around the whole sweater or hat.

"Color Way" this may refer to a set of colors you are using for one of the above.. for the pink/gray sweater.. pink/gray is your color way. Sometimes a yarn is VARIEGATED and it has its OWN color way in one yarn.

Variegated yarn.. yarn that changes color or has mutliple colors, sometimes creates stripes depending on how it is dyed.


(edited by melidomi to fix spelling (I hope you don't mind, since you put in the (sp?))
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2004 01:28:45 PM »

knitting in the round: knitting one continuous spiral to make a tube

flat knitting: knitting back and forth in rows, to knit a shape with side edges.

circular needles: two needle points connected by a cable, like so. designed for knitting in the round, but also a lightweight option for flat knitting.

dp's or dpn's = double-pointed needles (one point on each end), for working in the round or various other techniques.


also... i wanted to add that it is ok to ask about jargon in the forums. pm someone if you're shy.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2004 06:55:52 AM »

And don't forget:

Stockinette or stocking stitch - a row of knit stitches followed by a row of purl stitches . . . very basic, just take a look at the majority of your sweaters

Garter stitch - only the knit stitch, it looks like rows after rows of little smiles

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2004 07:48:01 AM »

And don't forget:

Stockinette or stocking stitch - a row of knit stitches followed by a row of purl stitches . . . very basic, just take a look at the majority of your sweaters

Garter stitch - only the knit stitch, it looks like rows after rows of little smiles

Unless you're knitting in the round (see ookpik's post above), then stocking/stockinette = knitting every row and garter stitch = alternating rows of knit and purl Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2004 07:26:47 PM »

dont forget about SEX ladies and gents...
(Stash Enrichment eXpedition)
we go to our LYS for SEX.
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2004 01:03:00 PM »

My gosh, how *could* we forget about that one?!?!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2004 09:16:11 AM »

and KIP = knitting in public as in
"I went out on the town this weekend for some KIPing on the subway, and it turned into SEX when I wandered into a LYS"
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