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Knitting Knowledge

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Anyone can knit. Especially you.

Once you learn the basics of knitting you can create magic. With the basic stitches (knit and purl) you can basically create anything.

From there you can take it one step at a time building your knitting knowledge by learning how to increase/decrease, join in a new colour, cable, knit in the round etc etc.

All the stitches and methods that are used in my knit kits are included here to give you a helping hand there’s also plenty of helpful videos on YouTube if you’d like to see it in action (while I slowly work on my own videos)

We also have a Facebook Group to share your knits with Lauren and others! This group is only for those who have purchased kits or patterns, but if you would like to join my knitting community please do so here.

Pattern Terms

"Beg"

Beginning

The beginning of a new row or round, where you should start your next stitch.

Skill level:
All
Finishing

Blocking

Blocking is an optional way of finishing your knits to help with wear and tear.

Skill level:
Easy
Stitch

"C*B, C*F"

Cables

A technique to create plait-like twists, often seen in the eponymous cable knit jumper.

Skill level:
Advanced
Finishing, Needle Techniques

"CO"

Casting Off

A technique to end your section/project.

Skill level:
Easy
Needle Techniques

"CO"

Casting On

A technique to start your section/project.

Skill level:
Easy
Needle Techniques

Circular Needles

Knitting on circular needles means creating your knitting in a loop round and round, so there are no seams.

Skill level:
Intermediate
Stitch

"A,B,C"

Colourwork

Stranded colourwork is a knitting technique that means you can use two or more colours, that are usually represented by different letters of the alphabet.

Skill level:
Advanced
Pattern Terms

"Cont"

Continue

An intstruction to carry on knitting by repeating current stitch(es).

Skill level:
All
Stitch

Decreasing

A technique to make the current row/round shorter.

Skill level:
All
Needle Techniques

"DPN"

Double Pointed Needles

If you don’t have enough stitches to knit on circular needles then you want to knit on Double Pointed Needles. It’s another one of those knitting techniques that looks terrifying but is actually fine.

Skill level:
Advanced
Stitch

Double Roll Neck

If you want your knitted neckline to have even more squish you can use this technique to double it over.

Skill level:
Intermediate
Stitch

"INC"

Increasing

A technique to make the current row/round longer.

Skill level:
Easy
Stitch

"K "

Knit Stitch

The first stitch you learn as a beginner knitter.

Skill level:
Easy
Stitch

"K2tog"

Knit Two Together

A method of decreasing stitches by combining two knit stitches.

Skill level:
Easy
Pattern Terms

"LH"

Left Hand Needle

The needle where you hold your work as you go.

Skill level:
All
Stitch

"M1 "

Make One

A common method of increasing stitches by adding an additional stitch.

 

Skill level:
Easy
Finishing, Stitch

Mattress Stitch

Mattress Stitch is a lovely neat way to sew up your knitted garments.

Skill level:
Easy
Needle Techniques

"PUK"

Pick Up & Knit

Adding stitches to the knitting needle that were previously bound off.

Skill level:
Intermediate
Stitch

"P"

Purl

The second basic stitch you learn as a beginning knitter.

Skill level:
Easy
Stitch

"P2tog"

Purl Two Together

A simple decrease used for shaping in knitting patterns by knitting two purls together.

Skill level:
Easy
Pattern Terms

"Rem "

Remaining

Continue the current stitch pattern for all of the stitches that remain on your needle.

Skill level:
All
Pattern Terms

"RH"

Right Hand

The needle you use to do the work, where all the action happens.

Skill level:
All
Pattern Terms

"RS"

Right Side of Knitting

The side of the knitting meant to be shown on the outside of the finished product.

Skill level:
All
Needle Techniques

"SL"

Slip

Moving a stitch from the LH needle to the RH needle without knitting or purling it.

Skill level:
Easy
Needle Techniques

"SKPO"

Slip, Knit, Pass Over

A type of decrease for intermediate knitters.

Skill level:
Intermediate
Needle Techniques

"SSK"

Slip, Slip, Knit

A type of decrease for intermediate knitters.

Skill level:
Intermediate
Stitch

"Stst"

Stockinette Stitch

The classic knitting stich made by alternating knits & purls.

Skill level:
Easy
Pattern Terms

Tension and Gauge

Tension is how many stitches and rows you fit into 10cms. It’s how we check if our knitting will be the same size as the pattern.

Skill level:
All
Pattern Terms

"WS"

Wrong Side

The side of the knitting meant to be on the inside of the completed product.

Skill level:
All