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We're here for you every step of the way, and we want to ensure that you don't get stuck on any aspect of Lynne Rowe's fabulous Rainbow Blanket Knitalong. Containing the basics of working knit and purl stitches through to blocking and working stripes, you'll find the perfect video to help you create the dreamiest blanket this winter. You don't have to watch the whole course, simply choose the easy-to-follow video that you're after!
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Neti Love & Julie Peasgood
We're here for you every step of the way, and we want to ensure that you don't get stuck on any aspect of Lynne Rowe's fabulous Rainbow Blanket Knitalong. Containing the basics of working knit and purl stitches through to blocking and working stripes, you'll find the perfect video to help you create the dreamiest blanket this winter. You don't have to watch the whole course, simply choose the easy-to-follow video that you're after!Read More Begin this course
Knit stitch is the most basic stitch in knitting, so it's a good one to get under your belt – you'll then be ready to combine it with other stitches for an endless variety of effects.
Purl stitch is an essential in knitting and is often alternated with knit stitch – together, these two easy stitches are the bedrock of most knitting patterns, so practise your purl in rhythmical rows to start with.
Whether plain or patterned, stripes are a great way to add colour. With narrow bands, it's best to carry yarn up the side to use again, and this minimises yarn tails, too.
Blocking is done to set the shape and enhance the stitch definition of knitted pieces, helping it to lie flat. It involves wetting the fabric before making up, incase there is any shrinkage, and it helps to set the shape. It also gives you the opportunity to shape or reshape your pieces, sharpen points or corners and straighten edges, so is especially satisfying for lace or textured patterns that can look somewhat misshapen after being cast off.
Once you can work in knit stitch you can do garter stitch! Every row is a knit row, which creates a distinctive, textured effect, and as this fabric is reversible, be sure to know which is the right side for making up.
To decrease purl stitches, you may see pattern p2tog as an abbreviation meaning to purl two stitches together. This creates a right-leaning decrease on the front of stocking stitch fabric.
It’s common to cast off stocking stitch knitwise, but you can also cast off stitches purlwise, which leaves a flat neat finish on the purl side. It’s also good to know how to do this in case you need to cast off in pattern, such as on a ribbed collar.
Who doesn’t love a pom-pom? Whether as the finishing touch for a hat, edge decorations for a cushion, or a fab all-over pom-pom wreath, knowing how to make the perfect pom-pom is a skill we can all enjoy. Quick and satisfying, with endless variations, let’s make pom-poms.
Picking up stitches can add a longer or contrasting piece to unify a number of other pieces, such as creating a border around a patchwork blanket. Here, we are picking up stitches from a straight row edge.
Tidying away yarn ends not only helps to neaten up your finished project, it also helps to secure the yarn reducing the likelihood of it unravelling – it's well worth doing a good job here.