Your knitting questions answered . . . Part 4 —
Funny how the week seems to get away from me. In between housecleaning, dog walking, babysitting, and copywriting, I hardly find time to write these posts. AND there’s knitting. Gotta get it in every day. Knitting is one fix I can live with. If only I could get my dogs to learn how to empty the dishwasher. ;0)
Then of course, there’s checking email. So much of it is garbage, but I’m always looking for that GEM of a message that may just appear out of nowhere and turn my life around. Why is that?!
Anyway, Spring has sprung and the dogwoods are blooming and the grass is growing. And it’s warm! Soon, I’m moving out on my sun porch to write these posts; much nicer out there. 🙂
Whenever I visit knitting forums, there always seems to be many of the same questions that are asked. Many of these questions are wonderings about needles, or yarn and especially about knitting stitches. So, let me address one of these questions right here:
Why when I start a knitting pattern row and it is supposed to end evenly (with no stitches left over to knit or purl), why do I still have two stitches on my needle at the end of the row?
Probably because you are skipping ahead on the pattern row, OR you are confused by the pattern directions (and for that please see my post on Following Knitting Patterns) OR you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. I’m thinking that last one is the usual suspect. Most often, in our eagerness to learn how to knit, we choose complicated, intricate patterns that turn out to be too much for us. The first few rows might go well; most likely because they’re setup rows or simple knit and purl rows, but THEN the pattern commences and by Row 5 we are lost!
Am I right? Because it’s happened to me, too.
So, unravel that mess, and take your yarn and needles to a safer place! Try a nice easy, simple knit and purl pattern. Then when you’re ready, start adding lace stitches by practicing eyelets. Some of my favorite pattern stitches, by the way! They go so nice on a row and look really cute on whatever you’re knitting.
Here is the Eyelet Stitch:
Row 1: (RS) Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K2, * yo, K2tog, K1; repeat from * to end.
Row 4: Purl.
Repeat these 4 rows for desired length. That is it, that is all! A simple eyelet stitch and you have begun lace knitting! See how easy that is?
The Eyelet Pattern Stitch is a super easy knitting pattern to follow. I love the way you can achieve the prettiest patterns when you incorporate this stitch into your knitting. It can be used for a few rows or knit it as a block or use it overall. However you choose to use the Eyelet Stitch it’ll work for you!
For more of your knitting questions answered, you can click on over to Part 1 here.
In the weeks to come, I will be putting together knitting video’s to explain ALL of these things. There will be video’s on learning how to knit, knitting stitches, and different questions all knitters have every now and then.
It should be a LOT of fun and I’m looking forward to it!
As always, take your knitting to heart!