Lessons Learned

Here’s a running list of some of the lessons learned along my journey through EZ’s Knitter’s Almanac.

October: Open Collar Pullover

September: Nether Garments

(aka longies, leggings, tights, long johns)

Lesson1: Lesson learned. Always pack extra yarn! Keep a sample of yarn for your next project in your knitting bag. If you get trapped somewhere without a project you can at least test out a gauge swatch. You will feel oh so relieved that you were not left idle wasting valuable knitting time.
Lesson 2: Allow for your knitted material to stretch. If you want a tight fit as in leggings you may need to reduce the number of stitches for a snug fit.
Lesson 3: Do NOT try to determine your gauge on your lap as you are riding along Route 100 in Vermont.  Take you gauge measurement seriously. Layout your swatch on a hard flat surface, mark off 3 or 4 inches exactly, count the number of stitches, then count them again noting any 1/2 stitches.
Lesson 4: If you knitted fabric stretches horizontally to hug the leg it has to shrink vertically. Conservation of Mass or something.
Lesson 5: Do NOT assume you have every possible sized needle in DPN & all circular lengths. Listen to EZ and make sure you have the necessary double pointed needles and circulars before you start the project.
Lesson 6: Pay close attention to where you place an increase or decrease line in any garment. There are just some parts of the body that do not need accents, embellishments, or flashing lights saying look at me!
Lesson 7: Short-row shaping. Short rows are quite simple you just wrap and turn. You bring your yarn to the opposite side of your work, slip the next stitch in the same manner as you would work them (slip the Knits knitwise, the purls purlwise), bring your yarn back to the previous working position, slip the now wrapped stitch back onto original needle, then turn your around and continue back across row until reach the next desired wrapped stitch. Continue working back and forth wrapping and turning.
Now that’s the easy part. The more creative step is what to do with each of these wraps when you encounter them as you continue on with your project. This is called concealing your wraps and there are many ways to accomplish the hiding of these little nusances without leaving huge gaping holes.
Now I thought I would be clever and add in a little demo video but I recalled that Cat Bordhi already had a youtube video that describes this process. It is hysterical and if you have never seen it you MUST. You will never look at your stitches the same way again! Perhaps you too will start naming your own stitches. Yes, I bet some of you knitters have not been driven to talk to your knitting. Don’t worry your time will come.

Cat Bordhi – Part 1: wrapping & turning, concealing wraps

Cat Bordhi – Part 2: wrapping & turning, concealing wraps

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