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How to read pattern
Model Picking out a model that's right for you is very important.  Don't be afraid to try something new and radical, because one day you will come upon a style that is perfect.

 

 

Pattern

 

Pattern charts in  colors are easier to follow. Usually the graphic shows every Right Side row .The odd numbers of the rows starts on right bottom of chart( the same way as you  knit) and goes to top.  Every box represents 1 stitch.  Put a pin marker to follow the chart if you get confused.

 

Level

 

Novice knitter-can make Stockinette Stitch , Ribbing, Reverse Stockinette,simple increasing-decreasing. Pom-poms, tassels and fringes. 

Moderately experienced-they are very smart. Complicated Increasing-decreasing,           cables, shaker knitting, socks, weave patterns, jacquard techniques.

 

 Professional-They think they  know everything , but they do not.

Now forget everything that is written here.  Knitting is full of surprises, so experiment and find the right style for you.

Adventure beginner- the same as above, but they are investigators. Can read charts, use tapestry needle, make  twisted stitches. multicolor and openwork pattern.



 
Experienced-suffering from using 3 and more threads  at the same time with a big box of different tools and knows all art secrets. Intarsia , embroidery, shortened rows, perfect details.

 

 

Needles

4 twisting threads  of yarn gives you the diameter of a needle.  Knitting should be done very tight so that the material turns out even.  A simple test for that is:  put a piece of knitting on a needle and hold the needle pointing down.  If this is done right, then the piece should stay on and not slide off

 

 

Gauge

 

Patience is the main dignity  for knitting. Making samples for gauge is absolutely necessary, because everyone knits differently. It will save you time in the long run and gives you an idea about an "after wash" look. 

Work a 6"x6" (15x15cm) piece.

Wash , block and dry.

Measure 4"x4" (10x10cm) middle.

 


 
If you counted more stitches and rows then on the label or kit information you are too tight.  Try a  larger size needle. If you are too loose, than a smaller size is needed. Repeat the process.

 

Sizes
   " "  Bust Back  Hip
 S-M 30-34 13-14 32-36
 L-XL 36-42 15-16 38-44
2X-3X 44-50 17-18 46-52
                      
 

Finishing

Join seams together on every horizontal thread with the same yarn you knit. That is all.

 

  

 

Yarn

 

Selecting fibers is an important decision.  For me, wool is my number one choice.  Although the cost is a little more, it allows for a better final result.  The higher the price, the higher the quality, because more hours and technology is used to make it.  In the end, this high grade wool is worth your money.

  

 

 

Buttons

  

Antique buttons and pins are worth your time.  These accessories need to be little works of art by themselves.  Leather, glass, clay, and wood buttons and pins are very nice if they are hand-made.  They give the piece of clothing a sense of style and personality.  Don't sweat the small stuff. 

 

 

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