Thursday, November 12, 2009

Knitting on 2 circular needles


Cat Bordhi - Part 1: Knitting on 2 circular needles

Cat Bordhi - Part 2 of Knitting on Two Circular Needles

Cat Bordhi - Part 2 of Knitting on Two Circular Needles

Thursday, January 29, 2009



The guild's library of knitting books, magazines.
  • The Handknitters HandbookBook: encyclopedia of techniques
  • Alice Starmore, Sweaters for Men Book: knitting patterns
  • Margaret Stove, Handspinning, Dyeing and Working with Merino and Superfine Wool Book: includes some knitting patterns, mostly lace
  • Meg Swansen, Meg Swansen's Knitting - 30 Designs for Handknitting Book: knitting patterns, most published in Wool Gathering
  • Patti Tittizer, Knitted Dishcloths and WashclothsBooklet: knitting patterns for beginners
    Gabi Tubbs, Knitting Now Book: knitting patterns
  • Vogue Knitting Magazines: from spring 1987 to winter 1993. Also older magazines from 1950-1969.
  • Barbara Walker, Knitting from the Top Book: top-down sweater knitting
    1. A Treasury of Knitting Patterns Book: Knitting stitch patterns
    2. A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns Book: knitting stitch patterns
    3.A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns Book: knitting stitch patterns
    4.A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns Book: knitting stitch patterns
  • Erica Wilson, Erica Wilson's Knitting Book Book: knitting patterns
  • Nancie Wiseman, The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques
  • Elizabeth Zimmermann, Knitting Workshop, Vols. 1, 2, 3 Video: Construction details and techniques; same material as book
    1. Knitting Workshop Book: construction details and techniques, same material as video
    2. Knitter's Almanac Book: knitting patterns and general information
    3. Knitting Around Book: autobiography with patterns
    4. Knitting Without Tears Book: circular seamless knitting
  • Barbara Abbey, The Complete Book of Knitting Book: knitting techniques
  • John Allen, Fabulous Fair Isle Book: some history, charted fair isle charts and some garments
  • American Thread Company, Begin to Knit Booklet: star book #201
  • Lee Anderson, Abstracts and Images Book: knitting patterns
  • Sue Bradley, Cotton Collection Book: knitting patterns - cotton sweaters
  • Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks, New Twists on Classic PatternsBook, Interweave Press 2005
  • Sandy Carr, , The Knit Kit, Knitting and Designing Book: how to, designing, knitting
    -- Knitting - A Step by Step Guide Book: newer edition of Knit Kit
  • Amy Carroll, Ed, The Sweater Book Book: knitting patterns
  • Rae Compton, The Complete Book of Traditional Knitting Book: how to and some patterns
    Lory Cosgrove, Picture Knits Book: knitting patterns, also suitable for bulky machine knitting
  • Sarah Don, Fair Isle Knitting Book: history, pictures, examples
  • Sally Anne Elliott, Creative Machine KnittingBook: machine knitting patterns, can be used by hand knitters
  • Mary Anne Erickson, Knitting by Design Book: how to design in knitting
    Family Circle, Sensational Fashions and Crafts Book: knitting and crochet patterns
  • Kaffe Fassett , Glorious Knits Book: knitting patterns
    -- Glorious Color , Vols. 1,2Video: discusses his design methods and sources of inspiration
  • Jacqueline Fee, The Sweater Workshop Book: knitting construction techniques
  • Liz Gemmell, Knitting for Your Home Book: knitting patterns for rugs and pillow tops
  • Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Knitting in the Old Way Book: knitting construction techniques
  • Barbara Goldstein, All Sweaters in Every Gauge Book: knitting and crochet patterns, build you own charts and fill in the blanks
  • Vivan Hoxbro, Domino-KnittingBook: Japanese edition, 2001
  • Margaret Heathman, Knitting Languages Book: knitting term glossary; several languages translated to English
  • Stephen and Carol Hubel, Country Knits II Book: knitting patterns - picture sweaters
    Marianne Kinzel, First Book of Modern Lace Knitting ,Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting Books have patterns for lace doilies and larger projects
  • Knitter's Magazine Magazine: 2 copies of lace knitting patterns (done before new shawls book came out)
  • Patty Knox, New Directions in Fairisle Knitting Book: knitting patterns
  • Donna Kooler, Encyclopedia of Crochet Book: history, reference, patterns, and stitch patterns
  • Cynthia Le Count, Andean Folk Knitting Book: pictures, history, folklore
  • Vibeke Lind, Knitting in the Nordic Tradition Book: Knitting construction and history
  • Jane Lippmann, Knitting on the InternetBooklet: knitting websites, and patterns on the net
  • Ann L. Macdonald, No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting Book: knitting history
  • Claudia Manley, Sweaters for Men, Women, & Children Book: knit & crochet patterns for Caron yarns
  • Linda Mariano, The Encyclopedia of Knitting and Crochet Stitch Patterns Book: stitch pattern collection, with some patterns Sheila McGregor, Complete Book of Traditional Scandinavian Knitting Book: history, garments and color work charts
    1..Traditional Knitting Book: history
  • J. Marsha Michler, Design and Knit the Sweater of Your Dreams Book: Sweater Design techniques
  • Jean Moss, The Jean Moss Book of World KnitsBook: sweater patterns
  • Mary Walker Phillips, Creative Knitting: A New Art Form Book: wall hangings, history, description, photos, no patterns
  • Chellie Pingree, et al., Maine Island Kids Book: sweater patterns ,Maine Island Knits Book: sweater patterns
  • Christine Probert, Ed., More Knitting from Vogue Book: knitting patterns
  • Maggie Righetti, Knitting in Plain English Book: how to, construction, some patterns
    -- Sweater Design in Plain English Book: how to design your own sweater
  • Helene Rush, Head to Toe Book: knitting patterns - small items
  • Richard Rutt, A History of Hand Knitting .




Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Knitting:How To Read A Pattern

How To Read A Pattern
Expert knitter Lucy Bennett shows you how to read a knitting pattern. Learn the basics of reading knitting patterns, and then you can make that extra special woolly jumper!


Step 1: Size
The size of the finished item will be clearly stated. Sometimes it states the size after 'blocking' which means after you have washed the finished garment for the first time.

Step 2: Gauge
Gauge is given as the number of stitches and rows, on the recommended-size needles, over a 4inch patch.

It is a good idea to make a gauge before you start knitting your garment to ensure the size needles and the number of rows and stitches in the pattern will produce the size and shape garment you need.

Step 3: Yarn
Most knitting patterns recommend the most appropriate yarn to use for the best results.

It is important to buy the yarn specified. Another yarn, however similar, may not behave in the same way.

Always buy enough yarn. It is a good idea to buy an extra ball just in case.

Step 4: Needles
Needle sizes vary and your pattern will tell you the best size needle to use but should be treated as a guide only.

Your knitted gauge will tell you if you need to use a different size needle to the one your pattern recommends.

Step 5: Instructions
Instructions are set out as row by row written instructions.

The letter P stands for Purl and the letter K, for Knit so if your pattern says Row One: P5, K5 you should purl five stitches and then knit five stitches on your first row.

To learn more about purl and knit stitches see our videos 'How To Stitch a Purl Stitch' and How to Stitch a Knit Stitch'.

Astericks are used to tell you to repeat an instruction. For example, an asterisk followed by P1, K1 tells you to purl one stitch, knit one stitch, and again purl one stitch and knit one stitch.

Sometimes brackets are used instead of asterisks.

Instructions are also set out as charts. They will have a corresponding key that tells you what each symbol in the chart means.

These symbols differ from pattern to pattern but don`t worry as nearly every knitting pattern will provide you with a glossary of symbols and abbreviations to help you read them easy


:How To Choose Knitting Needles

Expert knitter Lucy Bennett shows you how to choose knitting needles. Learn about needle sizes, types of needles, and how to choose the correct knitting needle for your particular needs.


Step 1: Needle material
Needles are made from a variety of materials and the choice is up to you and your personal preference.

Traditionally, knitting needles are made from aluminium with a pearl grey finish and are sometimes nickel plated.

Larger size needles are often made from plastic to reduce their weight.

Other needles are made from natural materials like bamboo or wood.

Needles made from natural materials are very popular as they feel good to hold and warm up as you knit.

Step 2: Needle size
Knitting needles come in lots of different sizes and widths and their thickness is expressed in millimetres.

The most important thing to consider is the width as this will determine the size of the knitted stitches and the look of your finished piece. The thicker the needle, the larger the stitch.

Step 3: Types of needles
There are three basic types of knitting needle which each have a different function.

Single point knitting needles are used in pairs to knit flat pieces. Straight and rigid, they are considered the standard needles.

Double point needles have points at both ends and are used in sets of four. They knit seamless, circular items such as hats.

Circular needles are two straight needles connected with a flexible plastic cord. They are used to knit round, seamless garments like socks.

Step 4: Caring for your needles
Straight needles can be kept in decorative buckets or pencil cups.

Needles, like socks, have a habit of getting separated, so put a rubber band around matching pairs or sets.

When the points on your needles are damaged or the needles are bent, it's time to throw them out and buy some new ones.

Knitting:How To Choose Knitting Yarn

How To Choose Knitting Yarn
How To Choose Knitting Yarn. A great short material on the best ways to choose knitting yarn including the yarn shape and size, yarn material and colour, yarn weight, and how best to care for your yarn. Expert knitter Lucy Bennett shows you how to choose knitting yarn.


Step 1: Yarn Shapes and Sizes
Yarn comes in lots of different shapes and sizes. There are balls of yarn and there are hanks of yarn, depending on the yarn material.

Step 2: Yarn Material
Yarn is made of fibres derived from a number of different places.

Animal-based fibres such as Lambs wool is a very popular choice as it has good insulating properties, is very absorbent, holds its shape well and is very hard-wearing. Lots of scarves and socks are made from lambs wool.

Plant fibres like linen or cotton are soft, strong and very breathable and are great for making summer and children's clothes.

Man-made fibres such as polyester or nylon are cheap and easy to wash and can be an ideal choice for baby clothes and fashion items.

Mixtures of animal, plant and man-made fibres are also all widely available, so the choice of texture is really up to you.

Step 3: Yarn Colour
Yarn comes in all the colours of the rainbow and it is up to you which colours you choose.

When choosing a colour pay special attention to the dye colour. It is important that you buy all your yarn from the same dye lot. Otherwise your knitted pieces will be one shade of colour at the start and a slightly different shade at the end.

Most yarn shops will allow you to return unused balls of yarn so remember to buy extra.

Step 4: Yarn Weight
Most yarn comes in a variety of thicknesses, called weights. Here are some of the most common yarn weights.

4-ply yarn is a very thin weight of yarn and is good for making light, fine garments such as lacy shawls.

Double-knit yarn is roughly twice as thick as 4-ply and is a good weight for knitting socks and children's clothes.

Aran yarn is the most common weight and is a great choice for beginners. It's twice the thickness of double knit and is good for making scarves and hats.

Chunky or bulky yarns are twice the size of Aran yarn and knit up quickly on large needles making them great for heavy jumpers.

Step 5: Yarn after care
Washing instructions can be found on the label of the yarn that you have bought. Following the washing instructions will allow you to preserve the quality of your yarn allowing it to last for a very long time.
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