How to calculate starting stitch for color chart work

For Scandinavian styles garments, you are often left with figuring out where to start your row, as the number of stitches in the chart do not match the number of stitches in your row. 

Also, these patterns are often centered on a single stitch. This is usually marked on the pattern as the center stitch.

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Joining double stranded yarn

When you need to attach a new ball of two-stranded yarn, stagger the joins. About 4 or 5 stitches before you need to actually join the new yarn, let one strand of your working yarn fall and pick up one strand of the new yarn. Work the 4 or 5 stitches thus (with one strand old, one strand new). Then drop the second old strand and pick up the second new strand. Knit a few stitches, then tug on the ends to tighten. This ensures that the joining of the yarn does not create a single point where a hole in your fabric can form.

Joining pieces while knitting

You can join your current knitting to previous knitting by working a stitch from the current piece together with a stitch from the edge of the previous piece. This requires that the previous piece either has stitches that were left on holders, or you have picked up stitches along the edge and placed them on a needle. Joining at a right side edge.

  • At the end of every wrong side row, purl 2 together (the final stitch from the current piece and the next stitch from the previous piece).
  • On the beginning of every other right side row, slip the stitch from the right hand needle back to the left hand needle and knit 2 together (the next stitch from the previous piece and the first stitch from the current piece).

Joining at the left edge.

  • At the beginning of every wrong side row, slip the stitch from the right hand needle to the left hand needle and purl 2 together (the next stitch from the previous piece and the next stitch from the current piece).
  • On the end of every other right side row, knit 2 together (the last stitch from the chart and the next stitch from square 2).

Double Crochet bind off

Using the Double crochet bind off gives a nice elastic edge to your knitting.

 

Use a crochet hook that is equivalent in size to your knitting needles. Insert hook knit-wise into first stitch. Wrap the yarn around the hook as if to knit. Pull the yarn through the stitch, moving it off the needle (basically just knit the stitch, using the crochet hook as your working needle). *Repeat for the next stitch. You now have two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull the yarn through both loops. You now have one loop on the hook. Repeat from *.

Tubular cast on

This technique works well for items such as sock cuffs as it provides a stretchy cast on edge.

 

With waste yarn cast on half the required number of stitches. While working first round divide stitches evenly across needles

Using project yarn: Round 1: [k1, yarn over] repeat these two stitches around. Round 2: [yarn to back, slip 1 purl-wise, p1] repeat around. Round 3: [k1, slip 1 stitch purl-wise] repeat these two stitches around. Round 4: [yarn to back, slip 1 purl-wise, p1] repeat around.

Remove waste yarn

Kitchener stitch (on three stitch I-cord)

This technique joins two I-cord strips

 

  • Place knitting to be joined on two needles and hold them parallel to each other with the end of the needles to the right.
  • Pick up the tail of yarn from one piece of knitting and thread it through the eye of a yarn needle.
  • Using the yarn needle like a knitting needle, pull it through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl, leaving the stitch on the needle and pulling the yarn through.
  • Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit and leave the stitch on the needle. Pull the yarn through.
  • * Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit and pull the stitch off the needle.
  • Insert the needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl and leave it on the needle. Pull the yarn through.
  • Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl and let it fall off the needle.
  • Insert the needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit and leave it on the needle. Pull the yarn through.*
  • Repeat between *s once. You now have one stitch left on each needle.
  • Insert the needle through the remaining stitch on the front needle as if to knit and let it fall off the needle. Pull the yarn through.
  • Insert the needle through the remaining stitch on the back needle as if to purl and let it fall off the needle. Pull the yarn through.
  • Weave in remaining end.

For I-cord you can bury the end inside the tube after securing it.

I-Cord

I-cord is a very useful technique. It can be used to create decorative effects or used practically as in belts and straps or even fingers for gloves.

It can be knit on a various number of stitches. The basic directions are the same.

The main difference for this knitting is that you do not turn to knit each row. Before knitting a row you slide the stitches back to the right end of the needle and knit the row from right to left, tugging slightly more on the first stitch to tighten the horizontal band that will form at the back. It is also useful to tug the knitting downwards to *set* the I-cord stitches into the tube shape.

3 stitch I-Cord.

  • Cast on 3 stitches using double pointed needles.
  • Row 1: Move stitches to the right side of the needle, ready to work. Pulling yarn tight, K3
  • Repeat row 1, without turning work, until desired length is reached.

Remember to tug slightly more on the first stitch to tighten the horizontal band that will form at the back. It is also useful to tug the knitting downwards to *set* the I-cord stitches into the tube shape.

Whip stitch seam

The whip stitch is an overcast stitch which can be used to bind the edges of the fabric.

 

Secure yarn at the back of the fabric, then bring yarn to front. Holding the two pieces with wrong side together work along the seam edge as follows: place needle through layers from back to front and pull through. Repeat for approximately every row of knitting. Secure end.

Square knot

A square knot will be secure and not slip.

Holding one end of item to be tied (thread, yarn, i-cord) in each hand, place the right end over the left and bring what was the right end underneath and pull it towards the left. You now have reversed the ends. Now bring the left end over the right, and bring what was the left end underneath and pull it towards the right. Pull on the ends to tighten.