Questions tagged [knitting]

Questions about materials, tools, and techniques specific to the craft of knitting. Those that apply to knitting but aren't specific to it may fit better in the yarn or fiber-crafts tags.

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Knitting and Crochet community [migrated]

would anyone be interested in starting a separate stack exchange for knitters/crocheters? I don't mind being in A&C but I think there are enough knitters/crocheters and questions to form our own ...
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Looking for a difficult knitting style or technique, and how to tell whether it's been done well

I hope this question is on-topic -- I'm not a knitter myself, and won't be attempting to knit anything you suggest -- I'm actually trying to write a story. I want to show one character realising that ...
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Long line of yarn forms between both knitting needles

When I use the garter pattern with a lot of stitches on my right needle, my left needle pulls back a line of yarn when I try to pull the stitch off the right one. Is this normal? I've been knitting ...
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Why do I keep getting a loop when knitting?

I'm learning to knit and I can cast on just fine. I can also knit stitch quite well. I have not learned the purl stitch yet as I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. Whenever I knit stitch, the ...
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Second row of knitting pattern has less stitches than cast on

I'm following a knitting pattern to create a 30cm x 30cm cushion cover, which I think should create a rectangle that I eventually fold over a cushion inner. The instructions, verbatim, are as follows:...
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What is a good stretchy bind-off for 2:2 ribbing?

I knitted a hat top-down with a stranded 2:2 rib edge. What would be an nice-looking and adequately stretchy bind-off?
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What type of weave is this?

It's a super durable shirt and I want another like it, but I bought it over 10 years ago. It's 100 % cotton and is a Reebok NBA "Hardwood Classics" shirt.
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What does “work as dropped stitch” mean in knitting pattern?

The knitted sweater pattern instructions for casting off sleeve at shoulder says: "Before casting off, work center st and 5th st on either side as dropped st." Please explain!
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Will a children's pullover rescale for an adult?

I bought some natural-grey handspun wool in a Slovenian village and want to make a rustic pullover with a classic aran pattern out of it. The problem is that, although the wool wraps to 9 wpi (which ...
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Are there alternatives to starch for stiffening finished yarn hat?

I am going to be making a cowboy hat for my niece out of cotton yarn. The pattern I am using is a simple working in rounds i.e. making a bowl shape. The "cowboy" comes from using starch to make the ...
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Submitting Fabric/Yarn Craft Items to be Judged

What should be done when delivering items to a fair or similar for judging? I have a ~15" doily I want to submit, but I don't know if they want it in an envelope, sack, or nothing. It's sandwiched ...
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Turtleneck Sweater Design: What to consider?

I am a knitter and I want to design my own turtleneck sweater with lots of cables. Obviously I have to get the gauge of the cables I want to use first before I can see if I need to subtract a cable or ...
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Can you do a Garter stitch on double pointed needles?

I have been working on some hats for only a little while and I saw a pattern that has on there to work the pattern in garter stitch. Is it possible to do the pattern on double pointed needles?
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How to get the perfect center pull?

Whenever I try to get the center pull of a commercial skein of yarn, it ends up tangling and I just have to untangle the whole ball. Are there any tips for a better center pull?
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How do I join polyester tubular yarn skeins together?

I'm working on a moss stitch knit baby blanket with Hobbycraft's In The Zone tubular yarn, which is 100% polyester. I've come to the end of my first skein and I'm struggling to figure the best way to ...
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What to do with tail of yarn to hide it?

When you start or finish a project, you end up with a tail of yarn. What is the simplest way to hide it?
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What material is this Jumper made of? [closed]

I'm looking online for a jumper that look like this one I need keywords to search for similiar Jumpers. For now I have tried "Raglan sleeve, crew neck, oversized jumper". I need the material and the ...
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Pattern for adding train tracks to a simple stockinette square?

I'm looking to add vertical train tracks going up one side of a stockinette/knit square, all the same colour. I was wondering if someone more experience might be able to help me figure out how to knit ...
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What features should I look for in circular knitting needles to make them easier to use with my arthritis?

I have arthritis in my hands and the smaller length needles are a little hard to hold onto. Would longer needles help, if they exist? Is there anything else to consider, such as needle material (wood ...
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How can I shrink hand knitted wool blend hat to original size?

Over a year ago I was gifted a lovely cat ear hat that was hand knit by an artist on Etsy. I love wearing it but since I've worn it so many times (and sometimes wear headphones over it while at work) ...
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How to tell when I have the right ribbing?

I am knitting a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch right now with a garter stitch border to prevent curling and hopefully get a more accurate gauge. I have already measured myself for making the skirt....
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Which needle size will give me the longer scarf?

I bought two nice skeins while on vacation, and cannot go get any more of the same wool. Now I want to knit a scarf, but I'm afraid it may be a bit too short for my taste, so I want to maximize the ...
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What is the name of this knit stitch?

I want to make the head band in this video. It's not in English and I'm not familiar with that knitting style as I'm a beginner. Could somebody tell me the name of the knit stitch?
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How to interpret this gauge requirement?

For a scarf/wrap, I am following a pattern that says "Gauge: 25 stitches = 4 inches". Does this mean I am measuring the width, i.e. the number of stitches cast on, and not the number of rows? I ...
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Keep yarn slack from developing in my work as I perform a basic knit stitch

I am a very novice knitter trying to do a small blanket with a basic knit stitch. I am working with 100% cotton yarn and I have 16 inch bamboo needles. I cast on fine and where I am getting stuck is ...
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Will there be a noticeable offset if knitting rib from an unravelled edge?

Background: I'm in the process of knitting a jumper 'freehand', i.e. without a pattern. I started from the bottom edge, knit in the round up to the armholes, split the knitting, continued to the top ...
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Are there any stitches that are specific to knitting/crocheting only?

I wanted to know if there are any stitches that only be achieved through knitting as well as any stitches that can achieve through crocheting only?
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Is there an easy way to remove pet hair from knitting projects?

I enjoy knitting, and most of my family and friends seem to enjoy receiving my good projects as gifts, but every project from me comes with intricately weaved dog hair. My dog's hair is long(ish) and ...
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Is there a difference in stability between prestringing and placing a bead?

I am thinking about doing a knitted project with beads. I am wondering if there is a difference in stability between prestringing the beads and placing the beads. I would like for the beads to move as ...
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What are the different methods of knitting with two needles?

In an answer to a question about knitting faster, there is a reference to knitting methods: I have a couple suggestions. If you knit in the French Method, try the German Method. If you knit in the ...
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How important is hand/finger position in fiber crafts?

I've been learning to knit and crochet by looking at various tutorials online. In the pictures and/or videos, the fingers are often positioned with respect to the needles or yarn in ways that don't ...
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How can I knit faster?

Although I don't knit every day, I'd say my knitting level is intermediate to advanced. The results that I get are good, but I feel I can improve my knitting speed. (And that 'just practice more' won'...
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How to starch crochet snowflakes (and other lace items)?

I recently tried crocheting a snowflake, and the finished piece is soft and furls, as if there are way too many stitches in each subsequent row. There is only a vague resemblance between mine and the ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

So you are yarning away and your yarn starts to get away from you. Now you have to stop what you are doing, possibly forgetting my many runs or stitches you were doing, pick up your yarn, roll it back ...
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When casting onto circular needles how can I make certain that the tightness is correct?

When casting on to circular needles is there a technique to not making it too tight or too loose? I realize the first row after casting is hard, but I've really struggled casting on partly because the ...
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What is a stretchy cast-on for top down socks?

I just finished my first sock but the top is too tight to go over my heel. I used the long-tail cast-on, should I have used a different one?
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Should I use a graft or a seam when attaching sweater shoulders?

I'm putting together a knitted sweater. Should I graft the shoulders together or seam them?
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What circular knitting needles can I use if I am allergic to nickel?

I'm a knitter who's allergic to nickel. Are there any circular knitting needles made without nickel, chrome, or stainless steel?
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What's the difference between crochet, knitting, and tunisian crochet?

What's the difference between crochet, knitting, and tunisian crochet? At the end of the day it seems to me that all three crafts results in similar knitted texture fabrics. What makes the key ...
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How to invisibly join superwash singles yarn?

I know of several methods of joining a new ball of yarn, but I have trouble with some long-repeat colored yarns available as singles, be it thin ones like Amitola or even thick ones like Schoppel ...
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Does knitting needle material make a difference in knitting?

Knitting needles are available in wooden, metal and plastic materials. Are certain needles more forgiving of mistakes? Does the material itself have any effect on the process or product, besides ...