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Today’s guest is knitwear designer and teacher, Anne Hanson of Knitspot.com.
Knitwear Designer Anne Hanson
Anne has a background in fashion design and costume construction. She left the New York fashion scene to pursue her own work and is now a prolific knitwear designer. She is well known for her gorgeous lace patterns and teaches all over the world. Her blog, Knitspot.com, chronicles her knitting journey and has a large and active following.
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[quote author=”Teresa Ronk”]What is Double Knitting?[/quote]
A way of creating knitted fabric that is double layered.
It has two “Right Sides”.
You work each row twice knitting every other stitch on each pass.
It’s a thick fabric that’s not very easy to shape, so it is not suited to all types of projects.
[quote author=”Manolia Kapoia”]How do you read a pattern?[/quote]
The first page often has a list of materials. It’s very important, don’t skip it.
Next is often the instructions. Skim over these first to get an idea of what is coming. Don’t get bogged down in the details yet.
Last will be the finishing instructions.
Some designers include notes. READ THEM! The designer put them there for a reason.
Patterns have their own language with lots of abbreviations. You will become more familiar with these abbreviations over time, but make sure you look at the special abbreviation instructions and the pattern abbreviation section.
[quote author=”Tresa Heath”]How do you convert a flat stitch pattern for knitting in the round?[/quote]
Flat stitch patterns often have stitches added on to the end to balance out the pattern repeat.
When knitting in the round there is no beginning or end to the row, so the additional stitches are unnecessary.
Pay attention to how the pattern repeat is written. You will want to include the stitches that comprise the repeat.
For beginners, charting out a stitch will make it more clear where the repeat begins and ends.
Also the wrong side rows of a flat pattern will need to be reversed. The row will need to be written in the opposite direction and the stitches will need to be changed from knits or purls to the opposite type of stitch.
This skill will open up your options for design.
When trying this out, start with a very basic pattern that has a few rows and is symmetrical.
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[quote author=”Kari Baker”]What is the proper way to do a Make One Increase?[/quote]
They’re all the proper way. Make one just means to add a stitch to your work.
If your pattern is particular about how the increase should be made, they’ll usually include instructions for how to perform the increase.
Whatever you do, do it consistently throughout the project.
Stitch markers are great, until you have to move them a lot.
[quote author=”Rebecca Brown”]What do the different knitting needle sizes mean?[/quote]
The American system of number is arbitrary. The numbers to do not correlate to anything specific. The larger the number the bigger the needle diameter. Above size 6, sizes grow by 1mm increments. Below size 6 the sizes reduce by .5mm – .25mm.
The old British system ran from 1 as the biggest to the large numbers being smaller in size.
The metric system is the most accurate and consistent. A 5mm needle will be the same regardless of brand.
Most patterns will list both the US size and the millimeters.
Some brands use different mm sizes for an equivalent US size.
For uniquely shaped needles like square and triangular needles do not necessarily knit at the size that they are listed.
If you are a designer, try to use tools that are commonly available.
Knitting a swatch to get gauge will always beat out using the correct needle size.
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