First Time Knitting: Step-by-Step Basics and Easy Projects
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Learning how to knit has never been simpler! Enjoy this beginner's guide that takes you by the hand like a personal instructor and teaches you how to knit. Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic knitting techniques will have you creating projects like scarves, hats, and blankets in no time.
Eight simple projects will introduce knitting skills like garter stitch, stockinette, knitted texture, and color techniques; skills you will use often as you continue to learn.With First Time Knitting, soon you will be knitting amazing gifts and projects with confidence.
gauge • US size 9 (5.5 mm) straight or circular needle at least two sizes bigger than smaller needle for binding off only • yarn needle for weaving in ends • rust-proof pins for blocking EQUIPMENT • iron • ironing board GAUGE • 18 sts = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch FINISHED DIMENSIONS • 53" (135 cm) at widest point × 26" (66 cm) depth SKILLS • increase the number of stitches using the following techniques: knit front and back (kf&b) yarnover (yo) make one left (M1R) make one
Hats, small bags 24" (61 cm) Children’s sweaters, tote bags 29" (74 cm) Children’s and small adults’ sweaters 32" (81 cm) Children’s and small adults’ sweaters 40" (101.5 cm) Medium and large adults’ sweaters How to Knit in the Round on a Circular Needle Using a circular needle to knit in the round is quite simple except that it is important that the stitches not be twisted when the circle is first made. Every pattern for knitting in the round will say something like “Join in the round
more than one ball of yarn, you will need to join a new ball of yarn. The most important thing to remember is that you must leave a tail at least 8" (20 cm) long that can be woven in when you finish knitting. The best place to join yarn is on a selvedge (side edge), so plan ahead. Simply stop knitting with the old ball of yarn at the end of one row and start knitting with the new ball at the beginning of the next row. If your yarn isn’t too thick you can actually tie the new yarn to the tail of
stitches in the gauge swatch plus two to four. Since the edge stitches are usually uneven, the gauge should be measured at least 1 or 2 stitches in from the edge. Knit at least 4" (10 cm) in the stitch pattern specified for the gauge in the project instructions. It’s important that you make your swatch using the stitch specified. Don’t be tempted to measure the swatch after just a few rows of knitting. It’s important to “settle in” to your knitting with the new yarn and needles. What if your
swatch you just made and observe how the knit stitches and purl stitches have unique characteristics. The knit stitches (on the side of the swatch with the marker) form flat, vertical “V”s on the side facing you (A). Purl stitches form horizontal bars or bumps on the side facing you (B). The wrong side of the knit stitch looks like purl and the wrong side of purl looks like knit. The bumpy, purl side of stockinette stitch is called reverse stockinette stitch (rev St st). SWITCHING BETWEEN KNIT