CHOOSING YOUR YA R N Yarns, garment shapes, and stitch patterns must work together for your knitting project to be successful. The main areas to consider are: Gauge Needle size Texture and colour of yarn Fibre content of yarn
YA R N W E I G H T ( T H I C K N E S S ) The thickness of your yarn (among other factors)has a huge impact on the look of your knitted orcrocheted fabric — and certainly the amount of timeit takes to complete it. Yarn weight determines howmany stitches it takes to knit 1 inch. Although there are no official categories for yarnweights, many knitting books and yarn manufacturersuse common terms to indicate a yarn’s thickness andthe size of the needle with which you work on theyarn.
H O L D I N G YO U R N E E D L E S Right hand needle Left hand needle Hold the right needle as if you were holding a Hold the left needle lightly over its top, using thepencil. When casting on and working the first few thumb and index finger to control the tip of the needle.rows, pass the knitted piece over the hand between thethumb and index finger. As work progresses, let thethumb slide under the knitted piece, grasping the needlefrom below.
CASTING ON Casting on is when you form the first row of stitches. Making a slip knot:
METHOD 2 Casting on with the cable method (two needles)
THE BASIC STITCHES The knit stitch (k) To knit into the back of a stitch (KB1) The purl stitch (p) To purl into the back of a stitch (PB1) The garter stitch Stocking stitch Reverse stitch Ribbing Knit one Below (K1B)
CASTING OFFCasting off is the method used to dispose of a number of stitches. It is used during shaping, on shoulder seams for example and often forms the last row of the work.Casting off knitwise Casting off purlwise Casting off with a crochet hook
F O R E F R O N T O F FA S H I O N John Galliano Fall 2011 Collection: Amazing fanciful furs, woollens and silk prints at the John Galliano for FallWinter 2011 2012.
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