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Mar 08

How to Knit Through the Back Loop (ktbl)

How To Knit Through The Back Loop (courtesy of LionBrandYarn.com)

To knit through the back loop, you’re going to be inserting your right-hand needle from the right to left, into your stitch. Instead of knitting through the front, such as this, you’re gonna be knitting into this back section.

You’ll yarn over, and complete the stitch as normal. This creates a twisted stitch, so, let me show you a normal knit stitch, as compared to the twisted stitch. So, as you can see, it sort of leans a little more…the left side is slightly more elongated because of the twist.

So, here’s knitting through the back loop again. Insert your right-hand needle into the back of the stitch. Then, yarn over, and complete the stitch as normal. And, that’s knitting through the back loop!

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Oct 02

Knitting Tutorial – How to Knit with Double Pointed Needles

Learn How To Knit With Double Pointed Needles (courtesy of KnittingTipsByJudy)

I’m going to show you how to knit on double pointed needles – it’s not as hard as it seems!

I’ve already cast on stitches on one needle, as you can see. I cast on 12 stitches. So, we’re going to divide them now, into 3 needles.

So, we’re just going to knit 1, 2, 3, 4. That’s your first needle.

You take your next needle and you knit 1, 2, 3, 4.

You take your 3rd needle and you knit 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, it looks like a mess! But, what you have to do – this is the hardest part – is, you’re going to join them, And just like on the circular needles, you have to make sure that all of the stitches are facing the same direction…inward.

So then, you push those stitches down. You take your 4th needle, and you pull, with the tail, and start knitting. 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, you’ve got a free needle. You’re gonna take that up again. Drop the tail, and knit 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, you have a free needle. You’re gonna push those to the end. And, with your free needle, continue knitting, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Now, you’ve gone a whole round, and you want to put a marker – I always just use an extra piece of yarn, a different color, so that will show the beginning of the row.

And then, you take your free needle again, going into the 2 stitches from the tail, and go 1, 2, 3, 4. And you just continue going round and round until you’ve gotten it as long as you want it to be. It’s that simple!

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Nov 16

How to Knit – Casting On

How To Knit – Learn How To Cast On (courtesy of TheKnittingSite)

When you cast on with a tail, you need to have enough length to make the stitches. Generally we reckon for half an inch per stitch.

We start with a slip knot, try to make a loop. This is the tail end, remember, and that’s the ball end. The loop goes over there. Turn the loop towards you, and push from the ball end, through. That will be your stitch.

As you pull the tail end, it tightens the knot. If I just bring my knitting needle in from the right-hand side, if you tighten the other end, the ball end, it tightens the stitch.

Now, how one holds the yarn. You’re holding it there with the stitch on the needle…you’ve got the 2 threads down here. This is the tail and this is the ball. So, make sure the tail is nearer you, and put your fingers between the 2.

Pick up the ball end with the first finger and the tail end with the thumb. Just like that. And hold the loose ends with your fingers. Just give it a bit of tension.

Now, to make stitches, you want to pick up the yarn that is closest to you, and go over and pick up the yarn that’s coming down from your first finger, to pull it under there. Then, you let that fall off your thumb. And, as you go to pick up the yarn again, it tightens the stitch on the needle!

Let me just do that again. Pick up the thread that’s nearest to you. And then, hook the thread that’s over there on your 1st finger. Drop that off the thumb, and as you take up the slack, it tightens the stitch. And, again.

Now, you’ll find after you’ve done a few stitches, that the thread from the tail starts to untwist. So, you need to drop it ever so often just to let it twist back up in the way it’s spun. And then, you carry on until you’ve cast on as many stitches as you require. Which, is normally more than that!

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