Resources for Serious Technical Knitters
Beyond Just Following Knitting Patterns
Many knitters are perfectly happy to simply follow the exact instructions in a knitting pattern, producing a finished item that looks just like the cover photograph on the pattern. The legendary knitter and teacher Elizabeth Zimmerman called these folks "blind followers." She did not mean it in a disparaging way--only that they enjoyed knitting in order to get a finished product, while those of us with a technical bent are into the process as much as the product. Some of us are engineers, designers, and/or general rebels who need to question authority or wonder what would happen if we just....
- changed the yarn or colors
- made it longer, shorter, tighter, looser
- did it in the round instead of flat
- changed the neckline
- etc., etc., etc.
The resources I present here are tools for the knitter who wants to master the theory behind knitting and be free to create anything he or she can imagine with yarn and needles. Even if you don't aspire to becoming a knitting Jedi Master, these resources may help you fine-tune your skills or make minor adjustments to an otherwise satisfactory pattern. More skills mean more options available to you, the knitter. It's your knitting, so take control!
99 Ways to Shape Your Knitting
In order to shape a knitted piece, increases and decreases are used. Advanced knitters understand that certain techniques produce lines that slant in opposite directions, enabling them to pair increases or decreases to create a design feature. Some techniques leave holes in the fabric, which may be perfect for lacy knitting. Other techniques are virtually invisible, perfect for applications that need less obvious shaping. The knitter who is adept at geometry may shape her/his knitting at will once there is an understanding of various increases and decreases.
Increase, Decrease is a comprehensive guide to the many possible ways to make extra stitches or get rid of stitches while knitting. I have been knitting for decades and even designing my own patterns, yet I knew only about a third of the techniques presented in this book. Terrific illustrations make it easy to follow the directions.
Symmetrical Decreases Make an Isosceles Triangle
Quick Knitting Reference
Sometimes a design hits a snag. Something happens you did not expect. For those times, pull out The Knitting Answer Book and look for possible solutions. Wonderful illustrations can help you diagnose and correct your knitting problem.
There is a companion book for crocheters, aptly titled The Crochet Answer Book, too.
Keep in mind that an experienced knitter is often your best "answer book." Find such knitters at your local yarn shop if none of your family or friends knits.
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Videos Illustrate Technical Knitting
Plenty of knitters have been kind enough to post videos after they master a cool technique. Take advantage of their expertise and use their tips for your own knitting.
Knit Cables without a Cable Needle
Installing a Zipper in Hand Knit Fabric
More Technical Knitting Resources
- Knitting - Learn to cast on stitches for Lefties by Mabel Van Niekerk
Learn to cast on stitches and knit with ease if you are left-handed and have in the past struggled to get a grip on it from a right-handed tutor. Step by step diagrams to follow will have you casting on stitches and knitting in no time at all.
Interesting knitting blog for those with a technical bent
- Kitchener Stitch: a book by Liz Cademy
Kitchener Stitch (weaving, grafting) is a useful technique used to invisibly join two pieces of knitting, such as at the toe of a sock. This short ebook provides a quick reminder of the steps, plus detailed photos and instructions for each step.
- Change the Size of a Knitting Pattern
You can successfully resize a knitting pattern. The math is just arithmetic with some fractions or ratios--nothing to fear! Step by step, you can scale a patter up or down.
- domiKNITrix - knitting patterns, how-to's, tips and tricks
a cutting edge resource for knitting inspiration, chic and unique knitting patterns, how-to's, tips and tricks
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