Namaskaram - salutations

Namaskaram - salutations I dedicate my blog to the enormous art lovers across the globe I love knitting so much that I have started a blog for knitting.Knitting is a job that I will like to go on.Through knitting I breathe life into many people's life. It is knitting time. When I want to relax I do it with knitting. I am a knitting buff.I love to do knitting on various topics. There is no way that you can stop me doing knitting.I am born with a flare for knitting.My face brightens once I touch the knitting needs.The electronic media has helped knitting to travel across the world.Every stitch made will talk about how knitting has influenced people.I have done some and would like to share it with you. Some patterns have been taken from free knitting sites. Some designs have been created by me. Many a times I have modified the patterns to suite my requirements. Finally I can say that I breathe knitting, I talk knitting, I walk knitting - a total knitaholic

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Knitting Tools - their importance

Each and every pattern will tell you what are the basic tools that are required for you to take up a knitting pattern[projects]The patterns are very specific about the size of the needles that are required and the amount of yarns that you will require.Some tools might not be required but may require at some stage.

1. Pair of knitting needles:
These range in size from 2mm to 17 mm in diameter. The conversion chart earlier that I have uploaded will give you all the is normal that one do have about 3-4 sizes of needles to test the gauge.Needles are available in plastic, wood, bamboo, steel or alloy. Choice is left to you to select. Rember that whichever type of needles you use it does not make a difference with the quality of knitting not the tension.These needles also are available in various length.So one should have the correct length of the needles that will comfortable hold your stitches. There are chances that stitches will fall out if the needle is over crowded.The needles have rounded points and are straight.Blunt,bent or scratched needles all reduce the speed and efficiency of knitting.

2. Circular needles:
These are used for knitting tubular,seamless fabric or knitting circular shawls or table cloth.Circular needles consist of two short needles joined by a length of flexible nylon of various lengths.Normally patterns do indicate the length that is required for you to follow the pattern.The length of the wire is basically for the required stitches that needs to be held.The shorter length are used for sleeves, neck bands. The longer one are used for larger areas.Circular needles can also be used as a pair of ordinary needles,turning at the end of each row. This is normally done for baby's shawl. Circular needles are not usually marked with the needle size.Hence it is most important that we keep them in their original packet when not in use. Suppose you are not sure of the size do take the help of the needle gauge.

3.Double-ponted needles:
These neddles are available as a set of four or six.They are used to knit neckbands. It is used as an alternate to circular needles whenever there is a small number of stitches which are to be stretched on a circular needle.Double pointed needles are also used for knitting seamless socks, gloves and berets.

4.Cable needles:
These are short ,double pointed needles which has a bend .basically these needles are used for holding stitches to the back or front of the work when movingstitches . Especially these are needed when you use the Aran or Cable pattern.These rae available in three sizes and use whichever holds the stitches comfortably.Cable needles with U-bend also holds the stitches and are more easier to use than the traditional straight ones.

5. Stich Holders:
These resemble large safety pins .They are used to retain stitches which will be required later. it is used across a pocket where the edging is done after the front is completed.Another way is to thread a length of contrasting yarn through  the stitches. Then slip them off the needles and knot both ends of the contrast yarn together.Slip the stitches back onto a needle before knitting the edging.

5.Row counter:
This is a cylindrical device with a dial used to record the number of rows knitted.Slip the row counter onto the end of the needle before starting to knit and turn the dial at the end of each row.

6.Tape measure:
This is an essential tool used for measuring the length and width of the knitting. It is also used for checking tension in the pieces.

7.Wool sewing needle.
This should be blunt-ended with a large eye for easy threading.Do not use a sharp pointed needle as this will split the yarn when joining seams. A round end will slip easily between the stitches.

8. Crochet hook:
There are useful for picking up dropped stitches.Keep a selection of sizes depending on the thickness of the yarn being used. a crochet hook can also be used for casting off. We can see that many baby's sweaters have a crocheted edgings aroung the neck opening.

9.Dressmaker's pins:
Preferable long ones with colored heads which will not disapper in the knitting.These are also used for pinning seams, blocking and marking tensions.

10. safety pins:
These make ideal stitch holders when only a small number of stitches is involved. They can also be used for holding fropped stitches. Also used for making button spacing.

11. Small pair of scissors
This is an essential requirement

12. Needle gauge:
It is useful for checking or converting needle sizes

Most other items are self explainatory.

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