Evening Shire’s Knitting Shop
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Hi my name is Miss Matty and I am the proprietor of Odds and Bobbs.
Are we all excited! Now we have our yarn and needles we can learn to knit.
The first steps in knitting is learning how to CAST ON. This is the foundation on which you will build. Row after row of loops will create the fabric for our finished garment. These rows of loops are created by one or a combination of two types of loops. One is called KNIT and the other is called PURL. Everything else is a combination or variation of these two.
Then when you are finished with your project, you will learn to CAST OFF to secure your stitches.
Here is a video to step you through the CAST ON process. I have checked several spots on the internet and found this young man the easiest to follow.
Let’s Get Started
I knitted some samples for you to see.
First, I took Sugar ‘n ‘Cream by Lily , this is a 100% cotton yarn. It makes a really nice face and dishcloths. These are nice little projects CASTING ON, KNITTING or PURLING and CASTING OFF. This yarn is available in in our store. It is also available in solid colours.
In this sample, the first few rows are all one stitch, this is called GARTER STITCH. You could do the whole piece by just practicing your KNIT stitch.
The next few rows are one row KNIT the next row PURL. This is an example of Stockinette stitch. The knit side will always be the correct side.
MOSS or SEED STITCH
The next rows are KNIT 1 PURL 1 to the end of the row the stitch you end with will be the one you begin the next row with. For example, if you end the row with a PURL stitch, you will begin the next row with a PURL stitch. This is called Moss Stitch or Seed Stitch.
Row (1) KNIT 2 PURL 2 repeat to the end of the row.
Row (2) PURL 2 KNIT 2 repeat to end of row.
Repeat rows 1thru 2
Row (5) PURL 2 KNIT 2 repeat to end of the row.
Row (6) KNIT 2 PURL 2 repeat to end of row.
Repeat rows 5 thru 6
These 8 rows are called BASKET WEAVE. You can just keep repeating till you finish your project.
As you can see, we have created 4 different patterns with just KNIT and PURL. Leave any questions you might have in the comments below.
Ask Miss Matty
Do you have knitting questions? Have you wanted to start and don’t know where to start? Ask Miss Matty. She has been knitting all her life and has a few tricks up her sleeve. Just Ask your question below. You question might be shared here to help others learn as well. No question is a stupid question.
Pink Butterfly Knitting Stitch Marker Necklace | Adjustable Leather Cord (set of 7 Charms)
Mandy from the Pub was wearing this pretty little necklace. Peter the jewller complimented her on it and asked where she purchased it. Everyone started to laugh. She bought it at Miss Matty’s his wife said. I just love this a pretty necklace that you can wear anywhere and wow it also serves a practical purpose. No more fishing in the bottom of your knitting bag for your markers.
Butterfly Stitch Marker Jewelry Set- Snag Free
When Gillian went to Odds and Bobbs, she was amazed at the assortment of stitch and row counter Miss Matty had. Are these not the cutest little stitch markers you have ever seen? While you are impatient to finish your knitting, you will miss these little baubles. Perhaps you will want to find some beads to decorate you finished item.
Numbered Stitch Marker Charms with Pink Butterfly Holder 1-20
Gillian really liked this one as she was anxious to get to more intricate projects. These not only are fancy but also practical with their numbers so clearly marked on each one. I never remember knitting being so easy.
Hand Turned Exotic Kingwood Wooden Crochet Hook Made in USA by Texas Wood Artist Bryan Nelson
Lisa saw these crochet hook and straight away fell in love with the wonderful graining of the wood. She asked Miss Matty if they were only for crochet. Miss Matty said a hook can be your best friend. If you drop a stitch no matter how far down, you can simply crochet it back to your current row. This beautiful hook will be easy to find in your bag. How beautiful the graining on the wood?
Elegant Yarns Kaleidoscope Yarn, Marsh Land
Miss Matty fell in love with this Marshland wool. An excellent choice for a beginners!
ChiaoGoo Red Lace Circular 32-inch (81cm) Stainless Steel Knitting Needle; Size US 6 (4mm) 7032-6
Miss Matty recommends a circular needle since it is so much easier to use. Even when you are only knitting a straight scarf. You just knit back and forth. Stitches do not slip off the needles as easily. You do not stand a chance of losing a needle. The circular needle with its short needles and cable make it easier to stash away.
Purple Beaded Knitting Needle Jewelry- Point Protector
Miss Matty recommends you should also get one of these needle point protectors. This way you will not lose any stitches with these pretty covers. They also have a great variety and coloured beads in assorted sizes.
Let us know if you have any questions.