1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Luise Roberts

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By Luise Roberts

An crucial illustrated survey of charted layout motifs, either conventional and smooth, for all knitters.

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To begin the next round, just keep on knitting. You’re actually working in a long, smooth spiral. To make stockinette stitch, all you have to do is knit. Neat trick, eh? Child’s or adult’s hat. A 16" (40 cm) long needle should work. Sweater body. A needle 24" (60 cm) or longer is appropriate. Socks or mittens. A very short 9"–11" (23–28 cm) needle would be required. Needles this short can be hard to find and difficult to use because the rigid points are quite long in proportion to the cables, so I don’t recommend them if you’ve never worked with circular needles before.

These basic instructions refer to anything knit circularly that you need to make two of: socks, mittens, sleeves, and so on. ” ë Cast on half of the stitches of the first tube (shown in gold), then use a second ball of yarn to cast on half of the stitches for the second tube (shown in olive) on the same needle. TIME ì Using the same needle, but the other ball of yarn, snug the needle up close to the first half of the first tube and cast on the second half of its stitches. ì Cast on second half of stitches for first tube.

Work a narrow piece of knitting on a double-pointed needle or a circular needle, while carrying the yarn very loosely across the back so that you can work across again on the right side. The loose yarn allows you to lay the swatch flat to measure; carrying it across the back lets you work every row on the right side. Loose yarn across back lets you lay the swatch flat to measure. Start a hat. This is particularly nice if you plan to make a sweater — you’ll end up with a matching hat. Cast on enough stitches for about 18"–20" (46–51 cm) and get to work.

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