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Western style untwisted knitting

How to knit tutorial: Western style untwisted knitting

The ‘standard’ style of knitting When I wrote about twisted and untwisted stitches, I said that I would be writing posts about the different styles of knitting (there are about eight different styles). This is the first of the series. In each post, I’ll show how knit and purl stitches are formed for knitters who […]

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How to knit tutorial: A beginner's guide to hand knitting simple socks

A Beginner’s guide to hand knitting simple socks

Knitting simple socks Although I have knitted for many years, I only made my first sock about 10 years ago. I bought some sock yarn and read through the pattern. I always do this before starting a knitting project, just so I understand how the item is made and what will be the easy and […]

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Twisted and untwisted stitches

How to knit tutorial: untwisted and twisted stitches

Doing the twist! Everyone has to start somewhere The first garment I knitted was a simple stocking stitch tunic with drop shoulders. It was a very straightforward design; most of you have probably made something similar – or maybe not since this was in the 1980’s! Although the tunic has long since been unravelled and reknitted […]

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How do your stitches sit?

How to knit tutorial: how do your stitches sit?

Are your stitches sitting pretty? How do your stitches sit on your needles? In this post I shall explain the different ways in which stitches may sit and how you can control which way they sit, for knitting both left- and right-handed. In my last post I wrote about a basic knit fabric structure – […]

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Understanding knitted fabric

How to knit tutorial: understanding knitted fabric

Let’s start with an easy one! Before we can look at knitting techniques we have to understand the structure of knit fabrics. Let’s look at the commonest knitted fabric, known as stocking stitch. You make this by knitting and purling alternative rows or knitting every round. Stocking stitch fabric has distinct right and wrong sides. This […]

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