Thursday, 27 October 2011

Knitting for beginners #3

Hello friends, it's a short-ish knitting post this week! I did get lots of great feedback on last week's post  so I've added a post script summing it all up, which you can read here.

Anyway, back to this week! Tonight we learned how to achieve a ribbed effect. This is achieved by alternating between knitting two stitches and purling the next two. One key thing to remember is that when you're doing your knitting stitches you need to bring your yarn to the back of your needle and when you're doing your purling you need to bring the yarn to the front of the needle. It's a little tricky to get used to as it requires a lot of beginner concentration, but it's really fun!

I love how the ribs look - they remind me of snug, chunky jumpers!


We knitted about 3 inches of ribs and then switched back to the stocking/stockinette stitch, which is achieved by knitting one whole row and purling the next. In the picture above, after the ribs finish, you can see the little smooth v's of the stockinette side and below you can see the 'bobbly' side of the garter stitch.


And that's about it for this week! We're learning a different stitch next week, which looks really cool, but whose name I can't remember...ooops! 

7 comments:

  1. Yay well done! :) It could be moss stitch that you're doing next week? Americans call it seed stitch. It's a very pretty stitch, I love it! :)
    Ashley x

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  2. You're doing great! I had the urge to start knitting again this week. Only when the weather turns do I seem to get the urge. So far I've cast on twice and then unravelled it again, ha ha! In my defence, this was on double point needles (in the round)which are a pig to get started on, but fine once you're up and running.
    Well done you though :)
    Px

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  3. Thanks Portia! I know what you mean about knitting being a colder weather activity...I can't imagine dreaming of mittens and jumpers in warmer months ;o) Good luck with getting started on your scary-sounding needles!

    Ashley, I think it is moss stitch you know! How on earth did you guess?

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  4. Making good progress! You knitting posts make me excited about learning to crochet. I want to get more sewing experience under my belt first though.

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  5. Haha, because it's good practice for changing from knit to purl on a row, and looks really pretty :) And I have a knitting book for beginners and you've pretty much followed it. Moss stitch is after ribbing in the book :)
    Either that, or I'm psychic ;)
    Ashley x

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  6. Nikell, just take your time and enjoy yourself. When you're ready, I'm sure you'll really love learning a new skill ;o)

    Ashley, that's hilarious! It probably would have been tons cheaper had I just bought a book and taught myself then - LOL! To be fair, I do tend learn things better when I can physically see, so it's probably best this way.

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  7. Now, that is looking very neat! I'm loving following your knitting journey.

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