Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns

Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns

Andrea Berman Price

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1584796324

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Like a 24-hour help hotline, Knitspeak demystifies pattern language for knitters and gives them confidence to take on new projects
The only book of its kind
Designed for quick reference and sized to fit in every knitting bag

Knitting can be a challenging craft, but even more challenging than knitting itself is the cryptic language—a mix of abbreviations, numbers, jargon, punctuation marks, and other symbols—in which patterns are usually written. It’s no wonder so many beginners (and even some whose skills are quite advanced) are intimidated by the bewildering code—or that so many yarn-shop owners grow frustrated by the amount of time they must spend deciphering patterns for the uninitiated.

Enter Knitspeak, a knitter’s dictionary that disentangles the mysteries of pattern language and translates it into plain English, helping knitters to easily transition from confused to confident. Andrea Berman Price’s essential guide—written in a friendly, reassuring tone and formatted for quick reference—begins with an overview of how knitting patterns are organized. It then offers a comprehensive alphabetical listing of all the abbreviations, words, phrases, and symbols typically encountered in patterns.

Knitspeak’s many easy-to-understand drawings clarify basic and not-so-basic needle techniques, and a series of sidebars deals with issues ranging from keeping track of simultaneous shaping to substituting yarns and reading a yarn label. The book’s appendix is filled with valuable tips, charts, and worksheets.

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Berman. Knitspeak : an A to Z guide to the language of knitting patterns / by Andrea Berman Price. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-1-58479-632-9 ISBN-10: 1-58479-632-4 1. Knitting. 2. Knitting--Patterns. I. Title. TT820.P755 2007 746.43’2041--dc22 2006101805 Project Editors: Linda Hetzer and Melanie Falick Designer: Sarah Von Dreele Production Manager: Jacqueline Poirier The text of this book was composed in Baufy, Interstate and Jansen. 115 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 www.hnabooks.com Table of

because the next set of instructions will assume that you will be starting from that point. Or you might find a closing statement like “Increase 7 stitches evenly across row (98 stitches).” This is a reality check, i.e., when you have finished increasing, you should have 98 stitches. This way, you can check your work before you go any further. PUNCTUATION Commas, asterisks, and parentheses are used to set apart repeated actions that are part of a larger set of instructions. Here is an everyday

the yarn on the right-hand needle, bring the needle back under the front leg of the old stitch in order to pull the yarn backward and create a new stitch. step 4 Use your right-hand needle to tug the old loop off the left needle. The new loop on the right-hand needle counts as 1 stitch. P1f&b - Purl 1 front and back Purl 1 front and back is an increase that results in two small purl bumps. As such, it blends seamlessly into stitch patterns composed primarily of purl stitches—for example,

and draw the yarn through both loops on the hook, move one stitch to the left and repeat from *. Schematic A schematic is a diagram that gives the dimensions of the finished piece in inches and/or centimeters. Schematics are useful because they can help you determine which size to knit, how the pieces are shaped, and where you might need to alter the pattern. They also show you the dimensions to which each piece should be BLOCKED before SEAMING. Seam/Seaming Seaming means to sew two pieces

pins, pin the piece to desired measurements. Steam, hovering the iron over but not pressing the fabric. If necessary, impart more steam by placing a damp cloth (such as a washcloth) over the knitted piece, and pressing the cloth lightly. Allow the fabric to lay flat until dry. Do not block ribbing or any parts that need to retain their elasticity. You can find more information on blocking in books and on websites under the word finishing. BO – Bind off Binding off secures the last row of

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