New Directions in Knitting by Jeanne Stauffer
By Jeanne Stauffer
Prepare for a few enjoyable! test those strange knitting suggestions for sewing sweaters. commence at one cuff and knit to the opposite cuff. Or commence on the shoulders and knit right down to the waist. Or knit diagonally from nook to nook. Or knit a cable that is going from cuff to cuff and decide up stitches to knit up and down alongside the cable.
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The plainer the yarn, the more texture and shaping details will show up. Here are some guidelines: ✓ Smooth-plied yarn in a solid color: Use these yarns for cables and more complex stitch patterns. They give your stitches a crisp look, showcasing your effort. Cables and pattern stitches worked in soft single plies have a slightly softer appearance than when worked in highly twisted yarns. In general, plied and twisted yarns are sophisticated and classic. Single plies are rustic and relaxed. Smooth-plied yarns in contrasting colors are also good for Fair Isle and intarsia patterns because they give you clear and readable patterns.
Stitches don’t fall off these square needles as easily as the standard round ones. Collecting Gizmos and Gadgets Lots of knitting gadgets are available on the market. Some make life a little easier, and others are out-and-out lifesavers. Some you have to buy, but you can improvise others from what you already have on hand. 31 32 Part I: Getting Started with Knitting Stocking up on the essentials For the most part, knitting gadgets are small and portable. Keep these essentials in a little zippered bag, and you can carry them anywhere your knitting goes.
In addition, you can jot down ideas, technical questions to ask your knitting mentor, patterns you want to swatch, and so on. Eyeing Blocking Equipment Blocking is the process of using steam or water to smooth out and gently uncurl and flatten your knitted pieces so that you can easily join them together. Blocking equipment makes the difference between a tiresome, awkward task and an easy, streamlined one. The basic blocking equipment includes the following: 37 38 Part I: Getting Started with Knitting ✓ Steam iron: You probably already have a steam iron.