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Brackets

Sometimes an asterisk alone is not enough, as there may be stitches to repeat inside the actual repeat itself. In this case, brackets are used to shorten the row instructions thus: K. I, * P. 2, K. (J. I, K. I) 6 times, repeat for the action in the brackets (purl I. Knit I) is…

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Knitting abbreviations

K                     = knit.p                     = purl.Sts                  = stitch(es).Psso              = pass slipped stitches over.Rep               = Repeat.Tog                = Together.Sl                   = Slip.St.St              = Stocking stitch.Tbl                 = through back of loop.Yb                  = Yarn back.Yfrom           = Yarn forward and over needle.Beg               = Beginning.Patt              = Pattern.KB                 = Knit into back of stitch.Yrn                = Yarn round needle.Ml                 = Make l stitch by picking…

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Holding the yarn

Hold the yarn in your right hand, press it under the little finger, then around same finger, over index finger, under centre finger and over index finger. The index finger is used to press the yarn around needle tip. The yarn circles around the finger and creates the necessary tension for knitting evenly. READ MORE

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Casting on

All knitting begins with the term casting on, which means making the first rows of loop on the needle. There are only two basic methods of casting on, each producing different types of edges. These methods include: Thumb methodThe thumb method is used whenever a very elastic edge is required or when the rows immediately…

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Knit stitch

Cast on 20 stitches (sts)Hold the needle with the stitches (sts) on it in your left and right hands. Hold the empty needle in your right hand, looping the yarn round your fingers as described under casting on. Insert the point of the right hand needle through the first on the left hand needle from…

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Purl stitch

Cast on 20 stitches (sts)Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand. Hold the empty needle in your right hand, looping the yarn round your fingers for correct tension. Insert the point of the right hand needle through the first stitch from the back to the front. The yarn is at the front…

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Understanding patterns

Instructions are very important and should always be read before starting to make even the most simple article. Basically, nearly all patterns include the actual production details; the finished measurements; making up information, a key to the abbreviations; and most important of all, the tension required for success. Some instructions may include abbreviations that have…

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Knitting

This is the art and science of constructing fabrics by interloping of yarn (thread) loops by the use of knitting needles. There are only two basic stitches in knitting, a knit and a purl. All other variations are developed from these two main stitches. READ MORE

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