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Technique – The Purl Stitch

Time to show you how to do the Purl stitch, this is the other basic stitch in knitting.  Once you start purling, you will be able to create some beautiful patterns with the knit stitch, such as stockinette, seed, ribbing.

Right now my tutorials are being shown in photos here, but I am also working on getting a You Tube Channel set up in order to share some how-to videos.  I am still in need of some equipment like a  video camera, a tripod, and  professional salon manicured hands!  I want to make sure that the videos I share with you are clear, not just in instructions but also in the image resolution.  I might still be a while, but it will be done!

Until then, here is how you create the purl stitch:

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I hope this helps! Happy Purling!! 😉

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Technique – the Basic Knit Stitch

This technique is known as English Style knitting; you hold the yarn on your right hand and wrap it around your needle.  It is commonly used in the United States.  In Europe they use what is known as Continental Knitting; you hold your yarn on your left hand and pick up the stitch.   But don’t worry about that now, I can show you Continental Knitting another time.  No matter what anyone tells you there is no right or wrong way of holding your needles or your yarn, the outcome is always the same gorgeous stitch.

Ok here is the basic Knit Stitch broken down for you.  This is where every knitter starts from and this is what will lead you to gorgeous sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, blankets and other beautiful knitted works of art.

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The First Ever Tips, Tricks, and Technique Thursday!

OK, so today marks the first Tips, Tricks and Technique Thursday (a.k.a. 4T).    I do want to contribute to the knitting and crochet community, and though  my blog posts may not be as innovative as Judy’s Magic Cast-on technique, I hope that the little bits and pieces that I share here will help beginner and expert crafters alike.

While I am still getting acquainted with writing this blog, I will be using photos to demonstrate all of the Tips, Tricks and Techniques.  I do intend to create instructional videos in the future to facilitate your learning experience, but right now I don’t have the best video equipment for to accomplish that task, so I hope you will bear with me during my growing pains.

Now, since I am just starting out I will start with the a basic technique: the Knitted Cast-On.  If this is the first time you have ever picked up a pair of knitting needles, this is where you want to start since this technique imitates the knit stitch.  Once you get used to this cast-on you will have an easy time learning the knit stitch.

Also, if this is the first time you are attempting to knit, look at the yarn label and consider this when choosing your materials:

  1. Choose a medium weight yarn, this is also known as worsted weight or #4 weight.   Look for this symbol: 
  2. Choose a light and solid color yarn that is smooth (avoid bumpy, fuzzy, loopy, thick & thin, and other textured  yarns), this will make it easier for you to see your stitches.
  3. Choose a yarn that is 100% wool, or if you’re in a tight budget acrylic is OK.  Avoid slippery fibers like bamboo and silk. Avoid fuzzy fibers like mohair and angora.
  4. My recommendation for yarn is Cascade 220 (shown in photos below), which comes in a multitude of colors and can be found at local yarn stores.  A cheaper option that is easily found at major craft stores is Lion Brand.
  5. The yarn label should indicate which size needle works best with it, generally speaking sizes 8-10 are compatible with worsted weight yarns
  6. Start with a pair of straight needles, instead of circular needles.  This will allow you to be more consistent with your stitches
  7. Either metal or wood needles will work.  Metal needles will allow you to slide your stitches more easily is your are pulling your yarn too tightly while wood needles will help them stay put so you don’t have to worry about loosing your stitches.  It is all a matter of personal preference.
  8. My recommendation for needles would be Knit Picks Harmony for wood or Susan Bates for metal (shown in photos below)

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