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September 29 2010

Consider Learning How to Knit on a Loom

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Knitting on a loom is much faster and easier to learn than knitting with needles

There are two way of going about nearly anything. There is a hard way, and an easy way. Keep in mind that I didn’t say there was a hard way and a way that requires no work, everything requires some amount of effort, but what we are talking about is the amount of effort required to get something done. In the realm of learning how to knit there is a hard way and a much easier way. You’ll still have to learn how to do certain things regardless of which you choose, but one way is far simpler.

One way of knitting is to use needles, this is the hard way. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way, there are millions of people out there who love knitting with needles and will never do it any other way regardless of how many other ways there are to do it. Knitting with needles is an ancient and traditional method and allows for a great degree of potential craftsmanship and handmade quality. But I say potential because very few individuals ever reach the stage of true craftsmanship when it comes to needle knitting. (...)
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September 27 2010

Instructions: How to Knit a Garter Stitch

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Once you get into a groove knitting the garter stitch, it's very easy to do.

To the uninitiated, knitting may look dizzyingly complex. It’s really not as complicated as it seems, though, because knitting only uses two basic stitches—the knit and the purl.

You’ll find that after you’ve learned how to knit these two basic stitches you will be able to tackle almost any pattern.

On the flip side, don’t let the simplicity of the stitches fool you into thinking that everything you knit will be easy! Advanced knitting can also become fairly challenging with lots of little variations in how to perform these two types of stitching.

For instance, whether you’re knitting or purling, the first stitch in each new row is the Garter stitch. (...)
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September 24 2010

Easy Instructions to Make a Knitted Dishcloth in a Afternoon

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Knitting dishcloths are a great way for new knitters to practice different stitches as well as start a project that can be completed in an afternoon. Advanced knitters can whip up a whole set in even less time!

I figured my grandma must be really hard on dishcloths. She seemed to knit them by the dozen. Now that I’ve been doing some knitting of my own, I realize that she probably did them to relax.

Simple dishcloths are a satisfying project to tackle when you don’t have time to do more complicated patterns. Dish cloths are also a good project for beginners because the patterns are usually quite simple and there is endless variety so you can practice different knitting methods or stitches.

I will forever have plenty of dishcloths lying around. A new color for every day, a new pattern for every season.

When I first started knitting, I asked my grandma to teach me her pattern for making dishcloths. (...)
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September 22 2010

How to Knit a Yarn Over Stitch

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To knit a yarn over all you need to do is loop the yarn around your right hand needle counterclockwise, or back to front.

Once you begin to graduate from merely knitting and purling stitches you are going to begin to learn a few other little tricks that can really make a difference in whether or not you can do some of the more complex knitting patterns. Increasing and decreasing rows is certainly one of those types of techniques. A yarn over stitch is one example of a way to increase stitching.

Yarn over also makes a small hole in the row and is often combined with a “knit two together stitch” to create a little arched gap in your knitting. You must always use an increase along with a decrease like this if you want to keep the same number of stitches in a row and not actually increase. (...)
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September 18 2010

Binding Off: How to Stop Knitting

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Learning how to bind off your knitting project is one of the last things you'll need to do. Follow these instructions and end your knitting in style.

Once you’ve learned how to cast on, knit and purl, you’ll be on a roll. You may even find that you’ve have made your way through an entire skein and of yarn before realizing you have no idea how to stop!

Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s easy to get in a groove while knitting rows, but eventually you’re going to have to get just as good at binding off as you are at knitting and purling. Binding off can be described in three simple steps.

How to Bind Off Your Knitting

Step One: Once you’ve completed the last row, cast off as if you were going to continue the same pattern. Knit or Purl the first couple of stitches on this final row.

Step Two: You should now have two stitches on the right hand needle. Use the left needle to grab and pull the first stitch up and over the second sttitch and over at the tip of the right hand needle leaving you with one stitch, which is actually the second stitch on the right hand needle. Knit or purl the next sttitch and repeat until you are left with no stitches on the left-hand needle and one stitch on the right-hand.

Step Three: Slip the last stitch off the right-hand needle and trim yarn leaving a couple of inches to weave back into the project. Slip this through the last loop and pull tight so the loop will not unravel. And finally, use a sewing needle or crochet hook to weave the loose end through several stitches in the project.

And that is actually all there is to binding off. In effect, you are using a stitch variation to lock the pattern into itself and then, as the saying goes, tying up your loose end. You can practice binding off and casting on by just knitting a few rows with some left over yarn that you have lying around.


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September 15 2010

How to Get Started Knitting: Easy Projects for Beginners

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Ready to to get started knitting? Start with a simple project and focus on the basics.

Beginning knitting isn’t rocket science but it does require some persistence. I recommend starting out with smaller projects that require you to perfect your stitching technique. Beginning knitting on something simple like a scarf is advisable as opposed to a more advanced project such as a hat.

Although there are some complicated scarf patterns available, a scarf is a great project for beginning knitting because you get to focus on the tension and stitches and not worry about various patterns. Most importantly, when beginning knitting is that you learn to keep consistent and loose tension on the yarn. (...)
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September 10 2010

How to Start Knitting in the Round

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Knitting in the round is the next step for beginners learning to knit.

One of the scarier moments that all beginning knitter’s face is when they graduate from knitting with two needles—one pointed and one slip proof—to knitting in the round using needles that are pointed on both ends. You can be scared to death that your work is simply going to slip off of the bottom of other needles. But once you know how to do knitting in the round with double pointed needles, it’s not all that difficult at all.

Here’s a few tips to get you well on your way to knitting in the round. (...)
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September 08 2010

Learning to Knit: 5 Tips for Beginners

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Learning to knit will be easier if you remember these simple tips.

If you are just beginning to learn how to knit there are a few rules that you should always keep in mind no matter how experienced you become. It’s the same with most things you have to learn how to do. There is going to be some trial and error, so mistakes and some experience that go into mastering any new art or craft.

So take it from someone who has been through all of the ups and downs that come with knitting and follow these rules to the letter and you will have a far better experience than I did along the way. (...)
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September 07 2010

How to Knit: An Overview for Beginners

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Knitting is a relaxing and creative hobby. It's a satisfying skill because even beginners can knit beautiful items.

There are lots of reasons that you might want to begin learning how to knit. Maybe it’s for a bit of nostalgia, or you want to learn to do something that your grandmother once did. Perhaps now that the kids have left the house you find yourself with some free time or maybe you would just like a new hobby that gets you working more with your hands and watching less TV. But no matter what your motivation knitting is one of those things that can be both addicting and relaxing at the same time and it’s really not hard at all to get started. (...)
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