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How to knit a simple neckline — The Craft Sessions
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I took part in the #LilaKAL that is going on at the moment. On My Making List 2015 was a warm sweater for me and I decided that this would be a quick way of getting it done. I held two yarns together - a strand of Pear Tree 8ply seconds and a strand of Isager Tvinni. It gave me a gauge of 16 stitches rather than 19 which meant I got to knit the smallest size and still get a 36" sweater. I used my bottom up/top down technique to get the fit how I wanted it. The result is simple, warm and fast. As I made Lila last year in orange and wear it all the time I didn't want an identical sweater. And then soon after my orange Lila I made a blue Maeve (also by Carrie and also with a lot of garter) and so was a bit gartered out. So I decided to go garter-less for the bottom and the sleeves. Ribbing was the obvious answer - I did four or five rows of ribbing on the bottom and then did 20 rows of ribbing on the sleeves. Blurry iphone photos are where it is at at the moment! This was meant to be a shot of the ribbing. Simple, rustic and warm. But then what to do with the neck?? I wrote on the bottom of my instagram post that #thirdtimesacharm but it actually took about six tries to make the neck worked. I tried a ribbed neck, which looked untidy and wonky as 1x1 ribbing has a tendency to do. I also didn't like the way it pulled in and then flared out. Dodgy. Next up I decided to try the garter. I've seen many a mixed sweater with some garter bands and some rib in my time and quite like them. But with the thick wool it looked terrible. I went down a needle size and tried again. Still ghastly. I then decided to try just with the 8ply to see if thinning it down would work. Too skinny which just looked weird. Try number 4! Ghastly is the only word. And this is where I got to the stage where I nearly ripped the whole thing out. Discouraged and annoyed I nnnnneeaarrrly just pulled it off the needles and pulled it out in a child-like fit of annoyance. This whole process had taken a few days. Try and try again. And patience isn't something that comes very naturally to me. However, what I have learnt in my years of knitting is that if I take the time to get it how I will really like it, then I have the joy in the longterm. So enough rambling. James I - where I had quite a lot of rolling. James II - which had no rolling. The art of knitting a simple neckline. I've now used this a few times and it is one of my favourite ways to finish a sweater. I first came across something similar in a children's pattern Little Ancolie before seeing it again in a different form on James. There are a few little tricks to getting it right. A couple of quick notes; 1. Don't be tempted to leave the stitches on the needle at the end of knitting pieces of your sweater. You must have the stability of a castoff neckline for this to work well. 2. This is as much an art as a science and may take some patience to get it right each time. It depends on the type of yarn you are using and how tightly you knit. You will need to tweak it (unless you are a neckline savant) and that will probably involve ripping. I used in on James in both instances as you can see above. On the first one I didn't redo it - and it rolled. On my second James and I redid it 5 times (with two glasses of wine and my friend Jenn keeping me company through my swearing) to get it right. Practice patience. Hastag #rippingforjoy is what you need to remember. Steps to do the neckline. Step 1: Pick up and knit the stitches around the neckline at a ratio of 1:1. The exception to this is if the front neckline dips (which it normally does!) in which case skip the odd stitch here and there as you go down the slight angle on either side of the neck. I always drop a needle size but this may depend on you, your knitting and the yarn. For Lila above I switched from a 6mm to a 5.5mm for the neck. It is totally critical that you pick up the stitches from the holes in the middle of the Vs of your cast off edge. This what give it it's lovely looking simplicity - it looks like you haven't knitted on a neckband - but you have! You clever thing you! Look at the pictures below if you aren't sure what I mean OR go back and read The Secret to Becoming A Great Knitter - Part 1 to learn about the Vs. The left side of the V is sitting right next to my thumb nail just below the cast on edge. I roll back the cast on edge a little with my thumb to make sure my needle tip can easily slide into the hole of the next V. Each picked up stitch comes out of a V. A clearer view of how each picked up stitch has a row of Vs under it. Step 2: Knit between 1 and 3 rounds. This will depend on the sweater. For James which has a gauge of 25 stitches then the neckline requires 3 rounds of knitting. For the neckline of Lila above, which has a gauge of 16 stitches I only did a single round of knitting. You should decide based on how it looks. I think a general rule would be that thicker yarn needs less rounds? Step 3: Simply cast off - at the right tension - knitwise. So the art of this neckline is all about the at the right tension. Too loose and it will roll. Too tight and it will be inelastic and pull the whole neckline in making it smaller. You might need to do part of the neckline more tightly than another - for example the back of the neck slightly tighter than the scoop of the front. You may need to experiment! Based on the fact that the wool for Lila was thick and that I only did a single round of knitting (for step 2) then I simply cast off loosely and it worked perfectly. However, the castoff was the part I did 5 times for my last James as I kept getting it not quite right. By casting off more tightly/more loosely I was using 20cm more/less yarn when I was casting off for James. In the end I cast off tightly across the back of the neck (so I didn't get rolling) and more loosely around the curve of the front. At one stage I tried casting off with a bigger needle for part of the neck and a smaller needle for the rest. In the end it didn't work for me but it might for you. A final piece of advice - as is often the case with tricky parts of knitting - they are often done best with a glass of wine and a friend. Enjoy! Let me know how you get on if you use it! Or ask any questions if I haven't explained it clearly. It's late and I'm still having a little trouble with that wisdom tooth so I'm not sure clarity is my thing tonight ;). Felicia x
How to knit a simple neckline
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Proper Cocoknits Neckline | Cocoknits
Better neckline bind off
cocoknits-proper-neckline-comparison- neat neckline bind off
cocoknits - A great set of tips for making a beautiful neckline.
cocoknits-proper-neckline-comparison, bias neckline stitch
I'm guilty of being quite lazy with the finer details of my knits, I'll generally (generally!) follow the pattern-writers instructions rather than doing it my own way... Cocoknits proper neckline comparison.
A Proper Cocoknits Neckline
Technique Thursday — Ysolda
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Technique Thursday — Ysolda - continue in pattern while shaping #knitting #technique
Does that phrase put you off a pattern completely? Make you nervous about whether you're really doing it right? If it does, you're not alone! When writing patterns I try to give specific directions for every detail, but sometimes the cleanest, most legible option is to establish a stitch pattern and leave it up to the knitter to keep it going. I find it helpful to think of allover patterns as a piece of decorated fabric or paper that I'm cutting into with my shaping. Everything should line up vertically with the fabric in the middle, not necessarily with what the stitch below the increase or decrease used to be. A very simple example If I was working seed stitch and had a purl at the beginning of the row if I decreased right at the beginning my first stitch would then be a knit to maintain the pattern. Decrease again and that first stitch would switch back a knit. It doesn't matter what the first stitch has been before, it matters what is next to it in the pattern. Shaping in lace patterns Let's look at a fairly simple allover diamond pattern. We can tell from this chart that the pattern has the same number of stitches on every row ( see this post if you're unfamiliar with charts), which means that every yarn over is compensated for by a decreased stitch. When shaping that is the crucial thing to remember — unless you want to decrease a stitch for your shaping, every yarn over must be compensated for. If there aren't enough stitches for both the yarn over and the decrease don't work either of them. Work those stitches in your ground pattern (usually stockinette but possible reverse stockinette, garter, seed etc). How would we maintain this pattern while shaping something like an armhole? These are the stitches that might be affected by the bite taken out of the fabric. Rule 1: every yarn over must be compensated for. Rule 2: no yarn overs or decreases right on the edge (another way to say this would be that I want a selvedge stitch to make seaming easier — your pattern might specify that this should be two stitches wide). Rule 3: all shaping decreases should be worked 1 stitch in from the edge and should lean in the same direction. After going through each potential trouble spot identified above the chart looks like this. And in real life it looks like this: Can you spot where Bex (who knit this up and then charted it with my input) and I disagreed on which way some shaping decreases should lean? Haha. They can be consistent with the rest of the pattern or all one way — personally I think the latter, as charted, is a wee bit cleaner. It certainly isn't necessary to chart out a pattern like this, but if you're struggling to visualise how to shape your pattern it can be very helpful to plan ahead. You may find that especially useful when increasing since you'll have less of the established pattern on the needles to guide you. Decreasing almost invisibly in colourwork Close up of Little Birds. In most stitch patterns whether to lean increases and decreases towards or away from the edge being shaped is simply an aesthetic choice. See this earlier Technique Thursday post for examples. In stranded colourwork leaning decreases towards the edge being shaped and making sure to work them in the colour that matches the established pattern for that stitch will make them blend in almost imperceptibly. Sweet.
Technique Thursday — Ysolda Continue Pattern While Shaping
Ysolda's Technique Thursday — maintaining knit stitch patterns while increasing or decreasing. There are many other knit tips on the site - thankx.
A formula for evenly distributing increases or decreases.
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A Magic Formula for evenly distributing increases or decreases
Technique Thursday — a magic formula for evenly distributing shaping — Ysolda
The fabulous Ysolda takes on SHORT ROWS: "This is my go-to method, especially for things like sweaters. Almost all methods have a structurally identical result; what varies is the tension of the yarn that connects the short row to the previous row, and whether any of stitches end up distorted. What I like about this method is that it produces a very symmetrical result, and it's easy to close the gaps when knitting in the round." INCLUDES VIDEO!
This is my go to short row method, especially for things like sweaters. Almost all short row methods have a structurally identical result, what varies is the tension of the yarn that connects the short row to the previous row and whether any of the stitches involved end up distorted. The thing I like the most about this method is that it produces a very symmetrical result, and it's easy to close the gaps when knitting in the round. The video below covers preparing and closing the gap ...
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Wrapless short rows video tutorial fromYsolda
Technique Thursday - Wrapless Short Rows -- Ysolda's version of "Sunday" short rows
Wrapless short rows tutorial. This video is about Wrapless short rows (Ysolda)
Technique Thursday - Wrapless Short Rows
New tutorial: Knitted Pleats
How to Knit - The Basics from Design*Sponge - Helpful tips for beginners.
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nice yarn colors
**Knit - The Basics from Design Sponge
Hooray - so many great beginner knitting tutorials are surfacing! The Basics from Design*Sponge For Taylor
How to Knit - The Basics from Design*Sponge - Helpful tips for beginners. #DIY #designsponge #knitting
How to Knit: The Basics | Design*Sponge
Provisional crochet cast on. I like it!
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Provisional Cast On, using crochet hook to work the yarn over the knitting needle
pattern image provisional cast on
Classic Elite Yarns - Stitches
Classic Elite Yarns - Stitches
Fantastic tips for perfect underarms in seamless, top-down sweaters. I love Georgie Hallam's patterns, and this tutorial is not to be missed!
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picking up underarm stitches on a top down seamless knit
Fantastic tips for perfect underarms in seamless, top-down sweaters. "I love Georgie Hallam's patterns, and this tutorial is not to be missed!"
Tips for great underarms in your knit garments
No sew underarms
Knitting+Pattern ...tutorial for seamless underarms in a top down sweater Georgie Hallam's patterns
Have you got great underarms? Knit tutorial for underarms.
Have you got great underarms?
DIY Tutorial on How to Knit a Circle
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Tutorial: Circulo en punto
Knit placemat tutorial (in Italian :s)
DIY | A knitted placemat - Tutorial and free pattern (in italian) - conunfilo.blogspot.it short rows?
Con un filo: Tutorial
WINNERS OF DENAEDIN AND EMANELLE ARE ANNOUNCED + Tutorial Fingerless Gloves
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Cable knitting tutorial with pictures
Blocking - simple, straight forward information on basic blocking. Number 1 of a series of articles on blocking. ~s~
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Blocking Techniques. I love the visual!
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Knitting techniques - Blocking
Blocking of a knit project
blocking knitted pieces before seaming
Blocking (garments) - Techniques with Theresa : Knitty Deep Fall 2010
TECHknitting: The BEST way to attach lining fabric to knitting--the OVERCAST STITCH (part 5 of "hand sewing for hand knitters")
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Tutorial on how to pick up stitches; difference between pick up/pick up and knit. Very helpful for log cabin throw.
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Tutorial on how to pick up stitches; difference between pick up/pick up and knit. Very helpful for log cabin throw. I know this already, but sometimes it's good to have for a way to show others
Knit tutorial for pick up
The difference between "pick up stitches" and "pick up and knit stitches" by The Yarn Harlot. Very clear tutorial
Tutorial on how to pick up stitches in garter stitch.
Yarn Harlot: Pick-up Lines
Judy's Magic cast on for toe-up socks -- very clear instructions for both circular needles & double pointed needles. Also check out 9-inch circular needles.
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WIP Wednesday: toe-up socks!
Tips for knitting stripes in the round
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Knitting Tips for knitting stripes in the round
tips for knitting stripes in the round + hat pattern
knitting stripes tutorial
How to Graft Stitches Head to Side
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How to Graft Stitches Head to Side. Great for joining a sleeve top to a sweater body on a dropped shoulder sweater, which has no shaped armhole or sleeve cap.
Looks good for Turkish slipper socks. Knitting tutorial - How to Graft Stitches Head to Side. This is so important if you want to graft dropped sleeves onto the front & back of a sweater. I use this all the time and it really makes a smooth join.
How to Graft Stitches Head to Side - For Dummies
video tute by ysolda
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Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off, video and photo tutorials
Knitting Video Tutorial JENY'S SURPRISINGLY STRETCHY BIND-OFF
Technique Thursday — Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off
Russian method for joining yarn ends. Insanely genius! OH MY GOD why did I not know this?? No more loose, ugly ends! Thank GOD.
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Russian Join | Russian method for joining yarn ends. Insanely genius! General Information There are many different ways to join a new length of yarn to the one that is already being used. Like most knitting techniques, the method you choose depends on your personal preference and the specific project situation. …
Russian method for joining yarn ends. No more loose, ugly ends! #knitting #crochet
Photo tutorial of the Russian joining method - You can change color yarns as many times as you wish without bumps and weaving in
Had to repin this! Russian method for joining #yarn ends. No more loose, ugly ends! #Crochet #knit #diy
Russian Join - Knit Picks Tutorials
From Purl Bee: Easiest provisional cast on ever!
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Provisional Cast On
How to trap floats when practicing stranded knitting.
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Twist Collective: colorwork techniques
Color work tutorial....Stringing Along-fair isle or stranded knitting tutorial
Stringing Along, a stranded colorwork tutorial.
Good tutorial on 2 color knitting
Anna Zilboorg’s Perfect Buttonholes | Whistling Girl Knits
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Anna Zilboorg’s Perfect Buttonholes | Whistling Girl Knits ... like the look of these button holes so will be exploring this blog..AJ
Anna Zilboorg’s Perfect Buttonholes from Whistling Girl Knits; makes a self-facing button band. Would work best with fine yarns.
Anna Zilboorg’s Perfect Buttonholes | Knitting Technique | Whistling Girl Knits
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA - Anna Zilboorg's Perfect Buttonholes. Looks difficult and requires grafting, but is perfection. Complete graphic instructions for those willing to try it.,
Anna Zilboorg’s Perfect Buttonholes tutorial from Whistling Girl Knits - these are the most beautiful knitted buttonholes I've ever seen! The process is a bit long, but there are great pictures every step of the way.
How to knit using multiple colors.
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Stringing Along (stranded colorwork)
Stranded color work how-to article. Twist Collective
Tutorial on how to substitute yarn for your next knitting project.