Knit Tips



Knitting and Purling


Make a Slipknot
Hold a knitting needle in your left hand,put the loop you made onto it and tighten it.
Holding the other needle in your right hand, insert it through the same loop. (the right needle is behind the left needle)
Wrap the yarn around the right needle counterclockwise (from back to front). The yarn will now be between the needles.
Move this yarn down and create a new loop. Add this to your left needle.
Now you have two loops. Repeat this with the new loop.
Repeat this until you have the number of stitches you require.

Knitting

Hold the knitting needle with your stitches on in your left hand, and the empty needle in your right hand.
Insert the needle in your right hand into the top stitch, going up through the stitch.(the right needle is behind the left needle)
Wrap the yarn around the right needle counterclockwise (from back to front). The yarn will now be between the needles.
Move this yarn down and create a new loop. Remove the stitch you just worked into from your needle.
Repeat this until the end of the row.

Purling


This is the opposite of knitting.
Hold the knitting needle with your stitches on in your left hand, and the empty needle in your right hand.
Bring the yarn to the front of your knitting and your needles
Insert the needle in your right hand into the top stitch, going down into the stitch. (your right needle is infant of your left needle)
Wrap the yarn around the right needle counterclockwise (from back to front). The yarn will now be between the needles.
Pull the tip of the needle over the middle yarn and bring it up to the back
Remove the stitch you just worked into from your needle.
Repeat this until the end of the row.


The Difference Between Knitting and Purling

When you can't remember what you've been doing - this is a regular occurrence

Luckily, they do look very different. If you are using stocking stitch, you can easily see which side is knitted (the right side) and which side is purled (the wrong side). The knitted side will have columns of 'v' shaped stitched. While the purled side has 'u' shaped stitches that are a lot bumpier


Rib Stitch

Rib stitch is created when you alternate between knit and purl stitches. You must make sure that you are knitting on top of a knit stitch and purling on top of a purl stitch. You also have to remember to move the yarn back and forth between each stitch. After the end of each stitch move it to the back/front of your knitting so it is in place for the next stitch.
For example : Before you have a knit stitch your yarn should be at the back of your knitting. Knit your stitch and the bring it between your needles to the front of your knitting. Then purl a stitch, and move the yarn to the back of your stitches ready for the next stitch.



Mimicking stitches when joining



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Try to mimic the knit stitch by lining up the edges of the knit. Make sure it is facing the right way, and is lined up stitch for stitch. Insert the needle through the centre of the first stitch on the lower knitted piece. Then thread it behind the corresponding stitch on the upper piece and back into the centre of the same lower stitch. Take the needle round the back on the knit and thread it through the centre of the next stitch on the lower piece. Repeat this until the end of the row.


Decorate you scarf with Tassels



Cast off.

Cut 6 strands off yarn approx.56cm. long, fold in half and thread loop through a hole in short edge of shawl, thread open ends through loop. Make 7 more in this manner evenly spacing along edge.

Knot in a lattice pattern


Blocking and Washing

The wonderful things you have knitted deserve to be cared for with kindness and love. The directions below can be used for washing your well loved knits, or for blocking your newly knitted items.

We recommend that you do not machine wash wool. Instead hand wash it, grab a bucket and fill it with cold water (never ever ever use hot water unless you want to felt your knit!). Add a gentle soap or shampoo such as baby soap/shampoo, or alternatively you could buy wool wash.
Take care to be gentle when washing your knitwear. Don't scrub it or wring it out, just dip it in and make sure it is completely soaked. Then carefully rinse it.
Lay your knit on a towel and roll the towel up to get rid of excess water.
Find another dry towel and lay the garment flat on top of it. Pat your knitwear into shape and try not to pull it! Leave it until its dry; be aware that this could take all night zzzzzzzzzz

PSSSST! Please fold your knitwear afterwards and don't hang it up, as it can easily loose its shape!

Knitting with Circular Needles

Casting on
Cast on normally. 
To begin your first round, thread the yarn along the wire, so that both needles have stitches on them. 
Then knit the last stitch into the first stitch, creating an unbroken circle. This stitch is the start of your first round. 

Don't Twist
Be sure that all the loops are the same way up and do not twist. When knitting future rounds check that all of the knitting is below the stitches on the needles. 





Making a Pompom


To make a pompom for your hat, cut out two circles in card or cardboard.
Then cut holes in the centre of both circles (big enough for your ball of yarn to fit through, but not too big as this makes your pompom small)
Wrap the yarn through the hole in the middle, and then round the cardboard and back through the middle. Do this until the circle is covered with no gaps.
Hold the yarn in place as you cut around the edge of the circle.
Then put a strip of yarn between the two pieces of card/cardboard, pull tightly and knot.
Trim the pompom to neaten it up and attach to your hat/scarf.