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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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Better neckline bind off
Tidy neckline bindoff
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A Proper Cocoknits Neckline
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A Proper Cocoknits Neckline
Technique Thursday — Ysolda
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Technique Thursday — Ysolda - continue in pattern while shaping #knitting #technique
Technique Thursday — Ysolda Continue Pattern While Shaping
Technique Thursday - Continue to Work in Pattern while... by Ysolda. Maintain stitch patterns while increasing or decreasing. 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.
Ysolda's Technique Thursday — maintaining knit stitch patterns while increasing or decreasing. There are many other knit tips on the site - thankx.
Continue knitting pattern while shaping
A formula for evenly distributing increases or decreases.
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Technique Thursday — a magic formula for evenly distributing shaping by Ysolda Teague.
A Magic Formula for evenly distributing increases or decreases
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 from Ysolda
Technique Thursday - Wrapless 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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beginner knitting tutorials
nice yarn colors
How to Knit - The Basics from Design*Sponge - Helpful tips for beginners. #DIY #designsponge #knitting
How to Knit - The Basics from Design Sponge - Helpful tips for beginners.
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. Favorite way to do 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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Fantastic tips for perfect underarms in seamless sweaters
Fantastic tips for perfect underarms in seamless, top-down sweaters. I love Georgie Hallam's patterns, and this tutorial is not to be missed! ❤ ℒℴvℯly
picking up underarm stitches on a top down seamless knit
Perfect underarms on seamless top down sweaters with this technique! Great tutorial on picking up stitches.
Tips for great underarms in your knit garments
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
DIY | A knitted placemat - Tutorial and free pattern (in italian) - conunfilo.blogspot.it.
Knitting tutorials - DIY Tutorial on How to Knit a Circle
Knit placemat tutorial (in Italian :s)
Con un filo: Tutorial
WINNERS OF DENAEDIN AND EMANELLE ARE ANNOUNCED + Tutorial Fingerless Gloves
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Cable stitch tutorial - knitting
Knitting Cable tutorial
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, part 3 : Knitty Winter bis 2011
The most important reason for blocking knitted pieces before seaming is to transform the knitted pieces from lumpy, curling blobs....
Blocking (garments) - Techniques with Theresa : Knitty Deep Fall 2010
Blocking (garments) - knitting, crochet
Knitting techniques - Blocking
Blocking of a knit project
Blocking Techniques #knit
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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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; difference between pick up/pick up and knit. How to pick up garter stitch.
Knit tutorial for pick up
Tutorial on how to pick up stitches by the Yarn Harlot; difference between pick up/pick up and knit. Very helpful for log cabin throw.
Yarn Harlot: Pick-up Lines
Color Theory With Jared: Icelandic Yokes Part 2 // Brooklyn Tweed
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Photo only, no link.
Icelandic yoke color theory - Part 2
High and low color contrasts
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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Magic cast on for toe up sock knitting
Toe up sock pattern
I keep meaning to learn how to knit socks this way.
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
Bringing alternate stripe color up while knitting
How to Graft Stitches Head to Side
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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. It really makes a smooth join.
How to Graft Stitches Head to Side - For Dummies
video tute by ysolda
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Technique Thursday — Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off & Many more great techniques!
Knitting Video Tutorial JENY'S SURPRISINGLY STRETCHY BIND-OFF
Prefer a picture tutorial to a video — find Jeny's original Knitty article here.
- tutorial video and link to Jeny's original Knitty article.
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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Whoa! I never knew about this, but will be using it from now on... Russian joining method for joining yarn ends!
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. …
Photo tutorial of the Russian joining method - You can change color yarns as many times as you wish without bumps and weaving in
Russian method for joining yarn ends. No more loose, ugly ends! #knitting #crochet
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 by Purl Bee. With smooth waste yarn and a crochet hook, chain a few more stitches than you will be casting on. Insert the knitting needle into each bump on the back of the crochet chain, and using the yarn you are knitting with, pick up however many stitches you're casting on.
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Knitting techniques - Provisional cast on
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Provisional Cast On
How to trap floats when practicing stranded knitting.
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Great info about stranding, color dominance, and trapping floats.
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 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.
Anna Zilboorg’s Perfect Buttonholes from Whistling Girl Knits; makes a self-facing button band. Would work best with fine yarns.
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 | Whistling Girl Knits ... like the look of these button holes so will be exploring this blog..AJ
How to knit using multiple colors.
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Stringing Along (stranded colorwork)
"Strinlging Along"- Robin Melanson discusses stranded knitting techniques in the Fall 2014 Twist Collective
stranded color work
Tutorial on how to substitute yarn for your next knitting project.