• Rachel

We've had a great semester of learning the basics of knitting! We are wrapping it up and getting ready for CROCHET!!!! Finish up those knitting projects and we will be moving onto more new things to do with yarn.

 

I am so excited about this stitching adventure...

 

 

 

 

Are you ready to get out your hooks and chain some stitches?!

 

That's what we will get ready to do for second semester.

 

Happy stitching,

 

Mrs. Russ

 

 

  • Rachel

And here we are another new technique!

 

This week we are increasing the number of stitches on our needles and we are talking about two ways to do that. Increasing using a YO (yarn over) which leaves a hole in your knitting. You may have already done that accidentally when you loop your yarn over without entering the stitch FIRST.

 

That's okay! We all do that at first as beginner knitters or when we aren't paying attention. (Like when I watch TV and knit at the same time, OOOPS!)

 

When you do it on purpose you can make something called lace. Lace in knitting is actually quite pretty. Look at this example:

 

 

 

Another way to increase a stitch is to knit through a stitch twice. It won't leave a hole. It's commonly called a Knit Front Knit Back (KFKB) or another name is a M1 (make 1 stitch). It leaves a little - (dash) that you can see if you look really really closely.

 

Here's the increase video for you to practice with:

 

 

Happy increasing!!!

 

Mrs. Russ

 

  • Rachel

So how we shape things in knitting is pretty easy!

 

Either we add stitches to our original cast on number or we decrease the number.

 

Today's video will demonstrate the 2 most common decreases, Knit Two Together (K2tog) and Slip Slip Knit (or SSK).

 

Try this on your own and practice recognizing the difference between the two.