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Topic: Hello Yarn Felted Tote (w/flower)  (Read 4224 times)
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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2005 07:12:39 AM »

What a cool bag!  I think felting is just the coolest thing ever, but I knit too infrequently to want to shrink what I've finally gotten done down to a fraction of its original size.  One of these days...

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« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2005 08:02:54 AM »

Is purling just 'knitting backwards'? The video sure makes it look that way, LOL!

« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2005 09:26:42 AM »

Mm, kind of knitting backwards, but instead of having the yarn behind the right needle (away from you), you bring it between the two needles (toward you) so that it's in front of the right needle. Then you insert the right needle into the front of the stitch (again, close to you) and wrap the yarn around it counterclockwise (just like you do for the knit stitch). It's definitely best to look at diagrams or view videos to watch someone actually do it rather than try to explain it in words!

Once you learn the purl stitch, you pretty much know all the stitches there are in knitting and exponentially expand what you can do with knitting! Everything is a variation of a knit stitch or a purl stitch, or is a combination of the 2.

Oh, and adding stitches in this particular pattern, is just casting more stitches on, just like you do when you're first casting on to start a project. You're just doing it in the middle of the project...
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