By Jan Eaton
The basics—knitting, purling, following charted styles, completing off edges, storing accomplished works. The “pattern library” in again offers lots of principles for including attractive lace borders to towels, tablecloths, and extra, and eyelet and textured styles make stunning sweaters.
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For example, the instruction “K1, * sl 1, k3; rep from * to last st, k1” means that you knit 1 stitch, and then you work the stitches between the 45 46 Part I: Getting Started with Knitting asterisks (slip 1 stitch and knit 3 stitches) over and over until you reach the last stitch of the row, which you knit. ✓ Brackets (or parentheses) function much like asterisks, except you repeat the series of stitches a specified number of times. For example, the instruction “* K5, (p1, k1) twice, p1; repeat from * to end of row” means that, after you knit 5, you purl 1/knit 1 two times, followed by another purl 1, and then you repeat this entire sequence across the entire row.
You can see a typical combination needle and tension gauge in Figure 2-10. Figure 2-10: A common needle and tension gauge. Illustration by Wiley, Composition Services Graphics You can make a great tension gauge by cutting a very accurate 4-inch window in a piece of sturdy but thin cardboard. Lay this tool over your knitting and clearly count 4 inches worth of stitches and rows. Cable needles A cable needle is a short needle that’s pointed at both ends, has a divot or curve toward the middle, and is used to hold stitches temporarily while you work on their neighbors.
Chances are that anyone working in your local yarn shop is a knitter and can give you good advice based on experience. In a chain store, that may or may not be the case. Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade Just because two yarns have the same gauge doesn’t mean that they can substitute for each other successfully in a given pattern. If they have different characteristics — texture, drape, fiber, and color — the final garment will look and feel different from the one pictured on your pattern. Selecting Knitting Needles Knitting needles come in a stunning assortment of materials, styles, and sizes to mesh with your knitting style, the particular project you’re working on, your aesthetics, and your budget.
A Creative Guide To Knitted Lace by Jan Eaton