Who Wants to Learn How to Follow Knitting Patterns?

Who wants to learn how to follow knitting patterns?

Isn’t it fun to know how to knit? Just thinking about those projects I’ve got sitting around here and there (“what a mess” my 2 year old grand daughter Julia would say!) and I can’t WAIT to get back to them.

blue scarf patternHere’s what I’m working on this week, a pretty new scarf which uses the Crystal Chandelier knitting pattern from Lion Brand. You can find that right here. The yarn I used is Loops & Threads Payette yarn in Periwinkle Twinkle. ALL of their colors are so pretty!

Once you’ve become comfortable with doing the knit and purl stitches, then it’s time to do some REAL LIVE  knitting! With a pattern.

A knitting pattern.

If you’ve tried this before and failed miserably, join the club. Nothing seems to throw a chink into the mix like having high hopes for your knitting project, that special one you have your heart set on, only to get all messed up in the directions!

You know what? I have a fix for that! A little knitting advice so you will succeed wildly the next time you follow a knitting pattern. 🙂

Here’s an example of knitting gauge in a pattern;

Follow Knitting Patterns

Notice the gauge at the bottom

in case you missed that post, just click here!

 

Some FYI’s for following knitting patterns:

  • All stitch patterns are based on repeats.  Knit 1, * knit 2 together, yarnover, knit 5,  REPEAT from * (asterisk). Of course, words will be more appreviated than you see in that last sentence. But as you knit row by row, you will encounter the repeats because that’s how the knitting pattern is established.
  • There are TWO kinds of knitting pattern instructions: written and charted.
  • Written instructions use lots of abbreviations which are easy to understand. Some like “S2KP”, for instance, are ones which are always written out in a “notes” area and you will memorize them quickly enough for the pattern. The KEY to understanding written instructions is to PAY attention to the little things; namely commas and asterisks.
Follow Knitting Patterns

Written instructions – see the ASTERISKS?

 

 

 

 

 

Charted instructions use a chart which you can see below.

 

Follow Knitting Patterns

A written chart with KEY

I personally don’t use charts; I have and I will if necessary, but they drive me crazy. As long as there is a written instruction to the pattern, I’m fine. I just don’t feel like working that hard anymore. My personal choice.

 

 

You ALWAYS want to start by locating the KEY to the chart. Usually, charts begin with a right-side row, so you will read the chart from the BOTTOM RIGHT corner, reading to the left. Charts represent the pattern of the RIGHT side of the fabric; it might sound funny, but with a little practice you’ll get used to reading a chart.

I always find it helpful to use a little Post-It note and put it right under the row I’m working on. Otherwise, you will get all mixed up.

Following knitting stitch patterns are like reading a book; take your time and if necessary, take notes. Even with written instruction I use a Post-It note, because it just makes sense. 🙂

Best of all, when you’re finished with your knitting project, you’ll be SO happy because your knitting will look like this:

picture of a baby blanket

Or this:

Ocean Blue Afghan

There is a GREAT book to help you with following knitting patterns. It’s called Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting and you can get it by clicking on that link!

For my review of this book, please click here!

Who wants to learn how to follow knitting patterns?

If you wish to become an expert, fabulous knitter, say yes!

As always, take your knitting to heart!     Glitter heart

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