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2 Ply Wool
2 ply wool or yarn is most
often used for very baby knitting or evening wear.
8 ply wool or yarn is
probably the most commonly used ply for knitting and is available in a wide
variety of colours and textures.
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All Over Lace Knitting Stitch Patterns
All over lace knitting
stitch patterns are lace patterns that repeat across the entire row to form a
lace fabric from edge to edge. These stitch patterns can be as simple as a
two to four row repeat over a small number of stitch or they can be extremely
Alpaca Knitting Yarn
If you are looking for a
beautifully soft and surprisingly hard wearing natural yarn for your
knitting, you might like to try alpaca knitting yarn.
Knitting Naturally Amazon Picks
No one around to teach you
how to knit? Teach yourself using a good knitting book or a knitting DVD from
my Amazon Picks page!
Answered Knitting Questions
Welcome to my Answered
Knitting Questions page. On this page
you will find questions that have been answered either by myself or by other
visitors to the site.
Contrary to popular belief
Aran knitting is not a knitting style that is centuries old but was in fact
created in the early 1900s in the Aran Isles.
Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
Baby blanket knitting
patterns for beginners and those of you who are more advanced!
Baby Bonnets and Hats
When you are learning how
to knit, small projects are a good way to gain experience as a knitter. One of my favourite small projects include
knitting baby bonnets and hats.
Baby Knitting Patterns
Are you looking for baby
knitting patterns? You will find links
to some of my basic baby patterns on this page along with my recommendations
for a few really good baby knitting pattern books.
ow that you have mastered
the basic knitting techniques, if you are looking for small knitting
projects, you might like to try some baby knitting.
Bamboo Knitting Needles
When you are deciding which
type of knitting needles to buy and use, you might like to consider bamboo
Basic Knitting Stitches
When you are learning how
to knit the first stitches you need to master are the basic knitting
stitches. If you learn stocking
stitch, garter stitch, moss stitch and simple ribbing you can begin to make
some incredible items for you and your family.
Beginner Knitting Patterns
Beginner knitting patterns
are very simple patterns that are designed for even the most inexperienced
beginner to use. Most will have little
or no shaping and are small projects that enable novice knitters to learn and
practice new skills without being overwhelmed.
Where to Buy a Fleece
Raw fleece is not readily
available at your corner store! On
this page you will find suggestions about where to buy a fleece.
Cable Knitting Patterns
One type of knitting stitch
patterns that I find really intriguing are cable knitting patterns. Individual cable knitting stitch patterns
are often combined in aran knitting patterns and their use creates texture
and interesting shapes in your knitted fabric.
Cable Knitting Stitch Patterns
To use these cable knitting
stitch patterns you will need to learn some more advanced knitting
techniques, such as how to use a cable needle
One of the ways to prepare
your fleece for spinning involves carding or combing your fibres. This page discusses a number of techniques
for carding wool.
Casting Knitting Off
On this page you will learn
the most common method of casting knitting off. If you live in the States, you will
probably call this technique binding off rather than casting off.
Casting Knitting On
If you are planning on
doing a lot of knitting, you are going to have to learn casting on. Knitting cannot be started until you have
the required number of stitches on your needle!
Choose a Knitting Pattern to Suit Your Level of
As a beginner you need to
choose a knitting pattern very carefully. If your first few projects are too
difficult, you might find yourself getting so frustrated that you just give
Circular Knitting Needles
Circular knitting needles
are used for knitting seamless tubes of knitted fabric. Knitting in the round is an advanced
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There are two main methods
of knitting, the one used on this site is generally called the English
method. The other is the Continental
Crochet Hook Sizes
Crochet hook sizes range
from 0.60 mm right up to 25.0 mm, and just to make it even more complicated
there are three main measurement schemes for hook sizes.
If you have never crocheted
before you have quite a bit to learn! This means learning how to hold the
hook while you are working, and how to form the basic crochet stitches.
Customising Baby Knitting Patterns
When I am customising baby
knitting patterns, I use the basic pattern and change the knitting stitch
patterns to create my own unique jumper!
Customising Knitting Patterns
Once you have mastered
basic knitting, you might want to start experimenting with customising
knitting patterns to create your own unique garments and it is not as
difficult as it seems!
Another basic knitting
technique that you will have to learn is decreasing stitches.
Depth Illusion Baby Blanket
Knitting instructions for
this beautiful depth illusion baby blanket, an easy knit modular pattern in
Doll Knitting Patterns
Do you want to knit dolls
or doll clothes? In the internet age, it is far easier to find doll knitting
patterns than it used to be. Just do a
google (or bing) search and you will be taken to a list of sites offering
free (or paid) patterns for dolls and doll clothing.
The phrase double knitting
has a couple of meanings in the knitting world. Double Knitting or DK is a
weight of wool and a knitting method.
Double Pointed Knitting Needles
Double pointed knitting
needles are used to knit seamless tubes of knitting for articles like socks,
Easy Knitting Patterns
These easy knitting patterns
are suitable for anyone that has learned the basic knitting techniques (how
to knit, how to purl, how to cast on and off) and are really for something a little
more challenging than plain garter stitch.
Fair Isle Knitting
Fair Isle knitting is a
traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours.
French Knitting Instructions
Are you looking for some
french knitting instructions? This is
a great craft/knitting activity that you can do with the kids. It is reasonably quick and easy to do and
will keep them amused for quite a while.
One of my grand-daughters started some french knitting
If you are looking for a form
of knitting that you can teach your kids, French Knitting might be just the
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Everyone that knows how to
crochet has at some time made something out of Granny Squares! Granny Squares are easy to crochet and very
Hand Knitted Baby Shawl
This beautiful hand knitted
baby shawl is knitted in 100 percent pure new 3 ply wool from Australia. The shawl has a diameter of 127 cm and
weighs less than 200 grams.
Heirloom Knitting takes on
a whole new meaning when you use your own hand-spun yarn to create a knitted
article for your family or friends.
How to Cast on Ribwise
In my experience, hand
knitted rib looks much tidier when you know how to cast on ribwise.
How to Crochet
Do you know how to crochet?
Crocheting is fun, easy to learn and very versatile.
How to Finger Knit
Do you remember how to
finger knit? When I was growing up,
finger knitting was one of the favourite past-times in the playground.
How to Hold Knitting Needles
The first step in learning
how to knit is learning the correct method of how to hold knitting needles.
How to Knit a Scarf
How to Knit a Scarf is the
first in a series of 'how to' pages which provide knitting instructions for
Knit Baby Booties
When I asked for suggestions for
new pages on this site how to knit baby booties was one suggestion that many,
many, people requested. So here it is.
On this page we will go through the steps to knit a simple pair of booties using
a pattern that is suitable for beginners.
How to Knit Buttonholes
Sooner or later as you gain
experience as a knitter, you are going to need to learn how to knit
How to Knit Cables
Would you like to know how
to knit cables? I find that experimenting with knitting cables (arans) can be
How to Knit
The first stitch that you
need to learn is the knit stitch. On
this page you will find step by step instruction on how to knit 'knit
How to Purl
If you have now learned how
to do knit stitches, the next step is to learn how to purl.
How to Wash Wool
Do you know how to wash
wool? Are you one of those people who
avoid buying pure wool because of the difficulty of washing your garments
without shrinking or felting them?
How Wool is Made
On the 'How Wool is Made'
page you will find an overview of the process of making your own wool.
Another basic knitting
technique that you will have to learn is increasing stitches.
Are you looking for a
knitting project that is a bit more fun?
How about having a go making some knitted toys! Knitted toys can be
very simple or extremely complex depending on what you want to make.
Knitting a Tension Square
Knitting a tension square
is something that you do before you begin knitting your garment.
Reading a knitting pattern
is like reading another language. If
you are not familiar with common knitting abbreviations it will look like
double dutch to you!
If you are new to knitting,
you will come across a bewildering array of knitting accessories for you to
choose from. Would you like to know
from an experienced knitter, which ones are worth buying?
Knitting Baby Blankets
Knitting baby blankets is
one way of creating a special gift, as each blanket is unique and can become
almost a family heirloom.
Knitting Baby Shawls
Knitting baby shawls is a
time consuming but very satisfying process.
Generally baby shawls are knitted in fine or very fine yarn (2, 3 or 4
ply) and believe me, there is a lot of knitting involved!
Knitting Baby Sweaters
Knitting baby sweaters,
cardigans and matinee jackets is one of my favourite things to knit as they
are quick to knit and they can be just so beautiful!
Ready to get started? Let's
go through some knitting basics before you start knitting!
Knitting Blanket Squares
One of the simplest things
that you can do with your kids is knitting blanket squares. It is also a great project if there is more
than one kid.
Although baby booties tend
to have gone out of fashion with young mothers in favour of mass produced
socks, knitting booties is still a very rewarding pastime and a hand knitted
pair of baby booties makes a great baby shower gift.
Knitting Cast On Methods
When you are learning how
to knit, you will learn one of the more general purpose knitting cast on
methods. And you will probably stick
with that methods for most of your knitting career, but there are many
different methods that you could use.
Knitting charts can be used
as tools for designing knitting patterns or as a graphic representation of
knitting instructions. Each square in the chart represents a single stitch in
the pattern and each square has a symbol or colour identifying what type of
stitch it is.
How to stop the edges of my
knitting curling is one of the most common questions that I get asked.
Knitting Naturally Knitting for Beginners Blog
Naturally is a site designed to serve and support people interested in knitting
Could you a little knitting help? Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a
one-on-one teacher to answer questions but ask here and I will help if I can.
Are you an experienced
knitter with some really great knitting hints to share?
Knitting Instructions for Beginners
Are you looking for
knitting instructions that are written in plain English so that they are easy
Knitting Loom Instructions #1
Knitting loom Instructions
might come in handy if you are new to knitting on a loom.
Knitting Loom Instructions-2
Now that you have your
knitting started on the loom, you are going to need knitting loom
instructions on how to form some basic knitting stitches.
Knitting Loom Instructions
Now that you have your
knitting started on the loom, you are going to need knitting loom
instructions on how to form some basic knitting stitches. (Continued…)
Knitting Needle Holder
What kind of knitting needle
holder to you use to keep your knitting needles safe?
Knitting Needle Sizes - Knitting Needle Conversion
Knitting needle sizes range
from 2.0 mm right up to 25.0 mm, and just to make it even more complicated
there are three main measurement schemes for needles sizes.
Read on if you would you
like to know more about the various types of knitting needles.
True knitters can never
have enough knitting patterns in there collection because you never know when
the mood to start a new project will hit you and the first step is invariably
hunting through that collection to find the perfect pattern.
Are you having problems
with your knitting? Whether your
knitting questions about reading a pattern or how to actually do something,
you can submit your question here and it will be answered for you!
To be quite honest, until
recently I never really got into knitting socks. Now I am hooked.
Knitting Stitch Patterns
Knitting Stitch Patterns
provide knitting instructions for stitch patterns that can be incorporated
into your garments to make your work unique.
If you are going to learn
how to knit, you will need to organise your knitting supplies.
There are quite a few
different knitting techniques that you can apply to your knitting depending
on your level of experience and the effect you are trying to achieve.
Knitting Tension - What it is and Why it is Important
As a beginner you will come
across the phrase knitting tension but you might not know what that phrase
means or why it is so important.
Getting your tension correct is vital if you want your project to end
up being the right size and shape.
On this page you will find
an A - Z of common knitting terms.
Knitting with Cotton
Knitting with Cotton is not
recommended for beginners. Commercially spun cotton is available in a variety
of plys, styles and colors.
As you browse through your
local craft store for knitting wool, you will be faced with a bewildering
array of choices.
Lace Knitting Stitch Patterns
Lace Knitting Stitch
Patterns are another option if you want to customise a basic pattern to
create a unique garment of your own design.
Learning to Spin
When you watch someone else
spinning, it looks deceptively easy. The reality is that learning to spin
take patience and perseverance.
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Long Loom Knitting
Using a long loom or 'long
loom knitting' for your knitting project offers a bit more versatility than a
Loom Knitting Patterns
Loom Knitting Patterns are
reasonably hard to come by. If you buy yourself a loom you might find some
basic patterns are included but they will not keep you going for long.
Another method of producing
knitted fabric is to use a loom or a knitting board. Loom Knitting is quite an old craft that,
like other forms of knitting, is gaining popularity again.
Some hand knitting purists
think of it as cheating, but machine knitting is a quick and relatively easy
to make just about anything that you could knit by hand.
Make Your Own Knitting Loom
Would you like some
instructions on how to make your own knitting loom? It is not that difficult,
you will need a few tools and of course, some instructions, but it is very
Mitred knitting is a
knitting technique that is popular with beginners and knitting experts alike.
Open Knitting Questions
If you can help out by
responding to any of these open knitting questions, all you need to do is to
leave a comment on the relevant page (listed below).
Panel Knitting Stitch Patterns
Rib or Panel knitting
stitch patterns can be used as an all over lace or rib, in combination with
other stitch patterns to create or with stocking stitch to create a unique
pattern for your garment.
Properties of Wool
Why would you choose wool
over a synthetic yarn for your knitting?
On this page you will find a summary of the many properties of wool to
help you may your decision!
Provisional Cast On
A provisional cast on is
usually done using a piece of contrasting yarn with the intention of removing
the cast on edge later.
Reading a Knitting Pattern
One of the most difficult
things to learn when you are a beginner is reading a knitting pattern.
Recycle Your Wool
Would you like to be able
to recycle your wool from a garment that is too small, too big or out of
Scarf Knitting Patterns
On this page I have
included links to all of the free scarf knitting patterns on this site, as
well as a selection of knitting patterns books that you can purchase.
Selecting a Fleece
Do you know what to look
for when you are selecting a fleece for your next spinning project? Read on to find out.
Sewing Up Your Knitting
When you have knitted all
the pieces of your work, the next step is sewing up your knitting to finish
Single Pointed Knitting Needles
Single pointed knitting
needles are probably going to be the first type of knitting needles that you
buy as a beginner.
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Knitting with wool in hot
weather is not anywhere near as pleasant as knitting in the dead of winter,
but depending on your choice of yarn, summer knitting can be just as
Textured Knitting Stitch Patterns
Textured knitting stitch
patterns are effective and generally involve only basic knitting techniques
(i.e., knit and purl stitches), which makes them ideal for use by knitting
Types of Fleece Wool
So you want to learn to
spin. On this page you will find some
of the more common types of fleece wool available for hand spinners along
with their characteristics and uses.
Yarn Comparison Chart
Are you looking for a yarn
comparison chart? Each country uses a different measurement scale.
Yarn Over Knitting (YON)
One of the abbreviations
that seems to confuse many beginners is the yarn round needle or yarn over
knitting abbreviation. The short form
of this knitting instruction is YO or YRN.
1x1 Rib Knitting Stitch Pattern
If you are planning to knit garments sooner or later, you will
need to master the 1x1 rib knitting stitch pattern as it is often a feature
of jumpers or cardigans and it is also used for knitting scarves.
Knitting Stitch Pattern
Apart from the 1x1 rib knitting
stitch, another rib stitch pattern that is fairly common and relatively easy
to do is the 2x2 rib knitting stitch pattern.
Alternating Daisy Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
I discovered this beautify alternating daisy stitch knitting
stitch pattern in a baby blanket pattern and although I never finished the
blanket I did fall in love with the knitting stitch pattern. It is knitted over a multiple of 4 stitches
and 4 rows.
Box Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
The box stitch knitting stitch
pattern is another easy textured knitting stitch pattern that alternates
between knit and purl stitch in a similar way to rib and Moss Stitch
Bramble Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
The Bramble Stitch knitting stitch pattern is a very effective
textured stitch pattern knitted over multiples of 4 stitches and 4 rows. It can be used as a all over stitch pattern
or as a panel in an aran or lace project.
Check Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
Check Stitch knitting stitch pattern is another fairly simple stitch pattern
that is suitable for beginners. It uses
a basic 2x2 rib stitch that alternates between knit and purl every four rows
resulting in 'checks' or blocks of broken columns.
Double Moss Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
Double Moss Stitch knitting stitch pattern is fairly easy to do and is a very
effective all over textured pattern and it is also very useful for narrow
panels between more complicated patterns in arans.
Embossed Check Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
Embossed Check Stitch knitting stitch pattern is a relatively easy knitting
stitch pattern to do and it is a very effective pattern.
Garter Slip Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
Garter Slip Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern is another very versatile textured
knitting stitch that is not only very effective but quite easy to do.
Garter Stitch Check Knitting Stitch Pattern
garter stitch check knitting stitch pattern is another easy stitch pattern to
master and the resulting knitted fabric is very effective. It is also an easy stitch pattern to alter or
amend to change the size of the checks.
Garter Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
Garter Stitch knitting stitch pattern is one of the basic knitting stitch
patterns and is often the first stitch pattern that is learned and mastered by
knitting beginners. Garter stitch is
basically all knit stitches.
Garter Stitch Stripe Knitting Stitch Pattern
Garter Stitch Stripe Knitting Stitch Pattern is one of the easiest knitting
stitch patterns you will find. All of
the rows in the pattern are either all knit or all purl so the hardest part is
keeping count of the number of rows in each stripe.
Moss Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
moss stitch knitting stitch pattern is one of the basic knitting stitch
patterns. It is a very versatile
knitting stitch pattern that is often used as a border or a panel on either
side of a textured, cable or lace knitting stitch pattern.
Openwork Diamond Lace Knitting Stitch Pattern #2
version of the openwork diamond lace knitting stitch pattern is worked over a
multiple of 10 stitches plus six over 16 rows.
It is considered an fairly advanced knitting stitch pattern but with a
little care and patience anyone can master it.
Rice Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
Rice Stitch knitting stitch pattern is a textured pattern that is quite easy to
do and is rather effective. The pattern
is knitted over multiples of 2 stitch plus one and two rows.
Stocking Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern
of the basic knitting stitch patterns are actually opposite sides of the same
pattern. The reverse stocking stitch
knitting pattern is actually just the reverse side of the stocking stitch
knitting stitch pattern.
Zig Zag Lace Stitch Pattern
This Zig Zag Lace Stitch Pattern is
knitted over a multiple of 10 stitches plus 1 in 8 row repeats. Every second row is purl so there are
really only 4 pattern rows.
4 Ply Vee Neck Vest
This pattern is for a basic 4 ply Vee Neck Vest in three sizes
from 2 to 6 years old.
Blanket Knitting Pattern
I had fun designing and knitting
this lovely ABC Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern. It was a lot of knitting but as it was done
one block at a time, it was very easy to put down and pick up again.
Baby Bootie Knitting Pattern
tend to use the same basic baby bootie knitting pattern for any booties I make,
varying the knitting stitch patterns that I use for the base, top or instep of
Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern
you looking a knitting pattern for a baby sweater? This Basic Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern is
rated as an easy knit as it has very little shaping and is knitted in stocking
Chunky Rib Scarf Pattern
you like to make a chunkier rib scarf? To do that you will need a Chunky Rib
Easy Knit Baby Blanket
easy knit baby blanket is particularly suitable for beginners as it is knitted
entirely in Garter Stitch. You just can't get easier than that!
Easy Knit Dog Sweater
easy knit dog sweater is designed in garter stitch so it is a perfect pattern
for a beginner.
Easy Knitting Baby Blanket
easy knitting baby blanket is particularly suitable for beginners as it is
knitted entirely in Garter Stitch. You just can't get easier than that!
Footie Scarf Pattern
you like to make yourself a footie scarf?
To do that you will need a Footie Scarf Pattern!
Garter Stitch Check Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
garter stitch check baby blanket knitting pattern is suitable for all knitters
Garter Stitch Scarf Pattern
you like to make yourself a garter stitch scarf? To do that you will need a Garter Stitch
Garter Stitch Stripe Baby Blanket
Garter Stitch Stripe Baby blanket is made by knitting and joining two colour blocks
knitted in garter stitch.
How to Knit Baby Booties
I asked for suggestions for new pages on this site how to knit baby booties was
one suggestion that many, many, people requested. So here it is. On this page we will go
through the steps to knit a simple pair of booties using a pattern that is
suitable for beginners.
Simple Knitted Slipper Pattern
simple knitted slipper pattern is ideal for anyone who is still learning how to
knit. It is easy to make, it is knitted
in garter stitch (so it is all knit stitches) and simple decreases at the toe.
Knitted Teddy Bear
you looking for a unique gift for the new baby in your life, this hand knitted
teddy bear would be perfect!
Knitting Loom Garter Stitch Scarf Pattern
you looking for a knitting loom garter stitch scarf pattern? If this is your
first knitting loom project, this is a reasonably easy scarf to knit
Knitting Loom Scarf Pattern
you looking for a knitting loom scarf pattern that is a little bit different?
Mitred Knitting Square Blanket Pattern
pattern for a mitred knitting square blanket that is suitable for a beginner
Modular Garter Stitch Baby Blanket
this pattern for my modular garter stitch baby blanket pattern. Although it is
rated easy you will need to learn how to pick up and knit stitches along the
Narrow Garter Stitch Scarf
you like to make a narrower, chunkier, garter stitch scarf? To do that you will
need my Narrow Garter Stitch Scarf Pattern!
Sampler Blanket Pattern
for something slightly more challenging?
Why not try my Sampler Blanket Pattern?
Simple Childs 8-Ply Jumper with Dropped Shoulders
simple child’s 8-ply jumper pattern is rated as an easy knit as it has very
little shaping and is knitted in stocking stitch.
Simple Childs 8-Ply Striped Jumper
you looking a pattern for a simple child’s 8-ply striped jumper? This pattern
is rated as an easy knit as it has very little shaping and is knitted in
Simple Childs Raglan 8 Ply Round Neck Jumper Pattern
you looking a pattern for a simple child’s raglan 8 ply jumper?
Simple Lace Scarf Pattern
this simple lace scarf pattern, you will be able to make yourself a beautiful
new scarf and show off your new knitting skills!
Simple Rib Scarf Pattern
you like to make yourself a simple rib scarf?
To do that you will need a Simple Rib Scarf Pattern!
Simple Sampler Scarf Pattern
On this page you will find a simple sampler scarf
pattern. To test the pattern, I have
made one using of Off White Panda Heath 8 Ply which is 50 percent wool and 50