Learn to Knit

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Table of Contents
Table of Contents........................................................................................... 2 Before you start ............................................................................................ 4 1. Casting On ................................................................................................ 5 2. The Knit Stitch ..........................................................................................13 3. The Purl Stitch ..........................................................................................18 4. Ribbing ....................................................................................................23 5. Stockinette Stitch ......................................................................................25 6. Binding Off ...............................................................................................26 7. Making a Gauge Swatch .............................................................................28 8. Joining New Yarn.......................................................................................29 9. Recovering a dropped stitch........................................................................30 10. Unraveling Stitch by Stitch........................................................................33 11. Avoiding Extra Stitches.............................................................................34 12. Increasing ..............................................................................................36 13. Increasing - Making a Simple Increase........................................................38 14. Increasing Between a Stitch ('Make One') ...................................................39 15. Increasing - The Yarn Over Increase ..........................................................41 16. Decreasing .............................................................................................42 17. Decreasing - Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK/SSP) .......................................................43 18. Decreasing - Knit/Purl Two Together ..........................................................45 19. Slipping Stitches Purlwise and Knitwise .......................................................46 20. Making a cable ........................................................................................47 We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page, please contact us at support@lionbrand.com any time!
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Visit our website www.lionbrand.com for hundreds of free patterns, free instruction and more! 21. Knitting into the Back Loop/Front Loop .......................................................49 22. Purling into the Back Loop/Front Loop.........................................................50 23. Finishing ................................................................................................52 24. Weaving in Ends......................................................................................54 25. 3-Needle Bind Off ....................................................................................55 26. Picking up Stitches...................................................................................56 27. Knitting with two strands together .............................................................58 28. Duplicate Stitch .......................................................................................59 29. Grafting (Kitchener Stitch) ........................................................................60

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free instruction and more! Before you start . electronically. You can create handmade knits for yourself and people you love. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. the yarn and color you select -. As with any new skill. or by any other means. Your time.com any time! Page 4 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.are part of your knitted gift.Visit our website www. take a deep breath. When you give a lovingly knit gift. talent. Find a comfortable chair in good light. Remember. part of you goes into it.even the thoughts and feelings you have as your work -. all rights reserved. please contact us at support@lionbrand.com for hundreds of free patterns.. If you get stuck. but keep at it! Knitting will give you a lifetime of pleasure and relaxation. you should have fun with your knitting.lionbrand. learning to knit requires equal measures of patience and perseverance. Read through the steps before you start. .. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.mechanically. including photocopying -.

. electronically.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. free instruction and more! 1. Casting On Casting On is the term for making the foundation row of stitches on your needle.lionbrand.mechanically.com for hundreds of free patterns. To begin. then letting the rest of the tail fall slightly behind the loop: We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. including photocopying -. please contact us at support@lionbrand.com any time! Page 5 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. you make a slipknot: Pull the yarn strand from the center of the ball. Make a loop 5 or 6 inches (120 or 150 cm) from the end (the tail) by placing the tail in front of the ball of yarn. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.Visit our website www. or by any other means. all rights reserved.

without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. . including photocopying -. or by any other means. Pull it through the front of the loop. Scoop up the yarn in the back of the loop with the tip of your needle. please contact us at support@lionbrand. Gently pull the tail yarn to tighten loop around the needle.mechanically.com for hundreds of free patterns.Visit our website www. This is your first stitch. all rights reserved. free instruction and more! Insert your needle into the loop. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.com any time! Page 6 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.lionbrand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. electronically.

. electronically.Visit our website www. or by any other means. including photocopying -.mechanically.com any time! Page 7 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand.lionbrand. free instruction and more! With the yarn from your ball IN BACK of your needles.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. hold your hands as shown. all rights reserved. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.

The needles will cross with the left needle remaining on top of the right needle. or by any other means. all rights reserved. including photocopying -. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. from the fron to the back (from the left side of the stitch to the right) into the loop on the left needle. electronically.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand.lionbrand. .without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. Adjust your thumb so that you are gently gripping both needles between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand.mechanically. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. free instruction and more! Insert the tip of your right (empty) needle.Visit our website www.com any time! Page 8 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.

all rights reserved.mechanically.com for hundreds of free patterns. including photocopying -. electronically. wrap the yarn around the tip of the right needle in a clockwise motion as shown. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.com any time! Page 9 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. please contact us at support@lionbrand.Visit our website www. free instruction and more! Holding the yarn with your right hand. .without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. or by any other means.lionbrand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.

Visit our website www. below the left needle through the center of the stitch. or by any other means. The tips of your needles now cross with the right one on top and the left one below. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. Don't get discouraged if you don't get this on the first try.lionbrand. free instruction and more! Secure the loop you have just made with your right pointer finger. Elongate the pulled-through loop. all rights reserved.com any time! Page 10 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically. including photocopying -. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. electronically. .without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. Pull the tip of the right needle towards you. Now you have one loop on each needle.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand.

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Visit our website www.com for hundreds of free patterns.com any time! Page 12 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. including photocopying -. slip the stitch off. free instruction and more! Insert the tip of the left needle into the loop on the right needle. or by any other means. .mechanically. all rights reserved. You now have 2 loops on your left needle.lionbrand. Now get ready to knit! We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. please contact us at support@lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically. Repeat steps 4 through 9 until you have the desired number of stitches.

Visit our website www. electronically. free instruction and more! 2.mechanically. . The Knit Stitch Hold the needle with the stitches on it in your left hand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. The empty needle is in your right hand.lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.com any time! Page 13 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.com for hundreds of free patterns. including photocopying -. The first stitch is approximately an inch from the top. please contact us at support@lionbrand. or by any other means. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. all rights reserved.

free instruction and more! Guess what? You already know what to do next! Insert the tip into the stitch closest to the tip of the left needle (from front to back) the same way as you did in step 4 when casting on.mechanically.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.com any time! Page 14 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. including photocopying -.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand. electronically. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.lionbrand. . all rights reserved. or by any other means.Visit our website www.

This is the same step you did when you were casting on (step 7).without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically. all rights reserved. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. free instruction and more! Secure the two needles in your left hand between your thumb and your forefinger.lionbrand. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. or by any other means. including photocopying -. electronically. . Slide the right needle (with the loop of yarn on it) down and towards you through the center of the stitch.Visit our website www.com for hundreds of free patterns. Pick up the yarn in your right hand and wrap it in a clockwise motion from under to over the tip of the right needle.com any time! Page 15 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. This is the same as step 6 in the section on casting on. please contact us at support@lionbrand.

Just knit the stitch. Exchange the empty needle in your left hand with the full needle in your right and begin again.com any time! Page 16 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Now its time to turn your work.com for hundreds of free patterns. all rights reserved. Insert the needle wrap the yarn pull through the loop pull off the new stitch We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. When you reach that last stitch DON'T PANIC. electronically. including photocopying -.lionbrand. please contact us at support@lionbrand. Just remember that knitting is a 4-step process: 1.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. . 4. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.mechanically. You have now completed a ROW.Visit our website www. or by any other means. free instruction and more! Now for something new! Slip the new stitch completely off the tip of the left needle. 3. You now have one stitch on your right needle. CONGRATULATIONS! You have just knit your first stitch! Now continue repeating steps 1 through 7 until you have knit all the stitches off of your left needle. 2.

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After you have knit several rows, the fabric you have made should look like this. This is called the GARTER STITCH. See the ridges? A ridge is created by two rows of knitting.

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3. The Purl Stitch
To make a purl stitch, you do all the same steps as you do to make a knit stitch except with slightly different motions.

Hold the needles as if to knit. Place the yarn IN FRONT of the needle. Insert the right needle from BACK to FRONT (right to left) into the first stitch on the left needle.

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Loop the yarn around the tip of the right needle in a downward (counter-clockwise) motion.

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No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. or by any other means.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. including photocopying -. place your right thumb over the yarn and against the needle.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand. all rights reserved. Slide the tip of the right needle from the front to the back (away from you) and through the center of the stitch on the left needle. free instruction and more! To make sure you don't lose the loop.mechanically. electronically.com any time! Page 20 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.Visit our website www.lionbrand. . We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.

Many new knitters find it easier to knit than to purl. including photocopying -. That's the knit side. Look at your work. The other side looks like its covered with bumps.com any time! Page 21 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Continue working. please contact us at support@lionbrand. This creates stockinette stitch.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. After that. Soon you'll feel at home doing either stitch.lionbrand.mechanically. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. put your work in your left hand. or by any other means. CONGRATULATIONS! You have just made a purl stitch! Repeat steps 1 through 4 to complete the row. all rights reserved. To figure out whether you should be knitting the row or purling the row. One side of your fabric looks like its covered with V's. alternating each knit row with a purl row. you are not alone. PURL the next row. If it feels a little awkward. electronically. You now have a stitch on your right needle.Visit our website www. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. free instruction and more! Pull the new loop off the tip of the left needle.com for hundreds of free patterns. turn your work (place the full needle in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand) and KNIT the next row. That's the purl side. . When you have finished this row.

all rights reserved. free instruction and more! Which side is facing you? If the V's are facing you.lionbrand. you are on the purl side. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. or by any other means. Congratulations! You have mastered the two stitches that make everything possible! We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. including photocopying -. . electronically.Visit our website www. please contact us at support@lionbrand. If the bumps are facing you.com for hundreds of free patterns.mechanically. you are on the knit side and should knit the row.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. so purl the row.com any time! Page 22 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.

It is used because it produces a stretchy fabric. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. electronically. Knit two stitches. free instruction and more! 4. It is made with a combination of knit stitches and purl stitches. Now purl two stitches. including photocopying -.com for hundreds of free patterns. Bring the yarn to the back of your work between the needles. Bring the yarn from the back of your work between the needles to the front. Ribbing Ribbing is a border that is commonly used on the cuffs of sweaters. please contact us at support@lionbrand. .without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.Visit our website www.com any time! Page 23 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.lionbrand. all rights reserved. Knit two stitches.mechanically. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. or by any other means.

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We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.Visit our website www.com for hundreds of free patterns. free instruction and more! 6. .mechanically. Insert the top of the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle. Binding Off Knit two stitches. please contact us at support@lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. or by any other means. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. all rights reserved. Lift the stitch over the last stitch you knit and over the top of the right needle.com any time! Page 26 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.lionbrand. electronically. including photocopying -.

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try a smaller needle or hook 8. leaving a tail of a least 4 inches. or by any other means. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. If you have fewer stitches than the suggested gauge.Visit our website www. your stitches are too loose. Slide the knot up the tail of the old yarn as close as possible to your work. please contact us at support@lionbrand. free instruction and more! If you have more stitches per inch than the gauge suggests.com any time! Page 29 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. all rights reserved.mechanically. including photocopying -. . electronically. try a larger needle or hook. that means you are working too tightly.com for hundreds of free patterns.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. Loosely tie a knot with the new yarn around the old yarn.lionbrand. Joining New Yarn It is always better to add a new ball of yarn at the beginning of a row.

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Making a Simple Increase An easy way to add a stitch is to use an existing stitch. all rights reserved. electronically. Bring the top of the right needle around to the back and knit into the back loop of the stitch as shown (see the FAQ on knitting into the back loop for more detail). wrap the yarn around the needle and pull through as for a normal knit stitch. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. . please contact us at support@lionbrand. elongating the loop slightly. Insert the right needle into the stitch.mechanically. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. Don't pull the stitch over the left needle yet. You now have two stitches on the right needle.lionbrand. including photocopying -. or by any other means.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.com for hundreds of free patterns.Visit our website www. Increasing .com any time! Page 38 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. free instruction and more! 13.

lionbrand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. including photocopying -. Increasing Between a Stitch ('Make One') This increase is also called 'Make One'. or by any other means. insert the needle from front to back and then purl the stitch through the back loop. electronically.mechanically. Work to the place where the increase is to be made. On the purl side. . please contact us at support@lionbrand.Visit our website www. Insert the left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the two stitches: Knit the stitch through the back loop as shown. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. free instruction and more! 14. all rights reserved.com any time! Page 39 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.com for hundreds of free patterns.

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knit) We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. or by any other means. please contact us at support@lionbrand. slip. .com for hundreds of free patterns.Visit our website www. all rights reserved. including photocopying -. Two common decreases are: • • Knit two together ssk (slip. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. There are a number of ways to decrease and the choice of decrease used is most often determined by the desired slant of the stitches. Decreasing Decreasing is the process of removing one or more stitches from a piece.mechanically. free instruction and more! 16.com any time! Page 42 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically.lionbrand.

all rights reserved.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. free instruction and more! 17.mechanically. Purl them together through the back loops (see the FAQ on purling through the back loops for detail). please contact us at support@lionbrand. This decrease slants to the left.Slip.com any time! Page 43 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. On the purl side of the work. One stitch is decreased. or by any other means. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. one at a time as if to knit. This decrease slants to the left. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. purl (ssp). Slip. the decrease is called slip.lionbrand.com for hundreds of free patterns. Knit (SSK/SSP) Work to the place where the decrease is to be made. to the right needle. . slip the 2 stitches on at a time as if to knit to the right needle. Slip the next 2 stitches. Insert the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together. In the same way as ssk. Decreasing . electronically.Visit our website www. slip. including photocopying -.

or by any other means.com any time! Page 44 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. . electronically.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.com for hundreds of free patterns. free instruction and more! We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. including photocopying -. please contact us at support@lionbrand. all rights reserved.mechanically.Visit our website www.lionbrand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.

com for hundreds of free patterns. or by any other means. . This decrease slants the stitches to the right. electronically. Purling two stitches together is done in the same manner.mechanically. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. please contact us at support@lionbrand.Knit/Purl Two Together Work to the two stitches to be decreased and then knit the two stitches together as shown.com any time! Page 45 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. all rights reserved.Visit our website www. including photocopying -. free instruction and more! 18.lionbrand. The stitches slant to the right.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. Decreasing .

No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. Slipping Stitches Purlwise and Knitwise Sometimes stitches are slipped without working from the right needle to the left needle.lionbrand. electronically. or by any other means.com for hundreds of free patterns.mechanically. They can either be slipped purlwise or knitwise.com any time! Page 46 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Slipping Stitches Purlwise Insert the right needle (from back to front) into the next stitch on the left needle and place it on the right needle without working it. Slipping Stitches Knitwise Insert the right needle into the next stitch on the left needle as shown and place it on the right needle without working it. please contact us at support@lionbrand. including photocopying -. If you are asked to slip stitches and the instructions don't specify which way. .without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. free instruction and more! 19. all rights reserved. slip the stitch or stitches purlwise.Visit our website www. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.

please contact us at support@lionbrand. work to the cable and then slip the next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold them to On the cable row. or by any other means. them to the back of the work.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. 8-stitch or 10-stitch cables.com any time! Page 47 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Making a cable Cables are easy to make. Leaving the stitches on the cable needle.) A cable row is normally worked on right side rows as indicated in the pattern. Cables can be made over any even number of stitches (for example. 4-stitch.com for hundreds of free patterns. all rights reserved. They are simply worked by transferring a number of stitches to a third needle and knitting them in a different sequence. electronically. Leaving the stitches on the cable needle. work to the cable and then slip the next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold the front of the work.Visit our website www. free instruction and more! 20. Right (back) 6-stitch Cable Left (front) 6-stitch Cable On the cable row. The examples shown here are worked over 6 stitches. A cable needle is used to hold the stitches in place as the stitches are being transferred.lionbrand. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. including photocopying -. . knit the next three stitches. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.mechanically. knit the next three stitches.

free instruction and more! Knit the 3 stitches on the cable needle without twisting them. electronically. including photocopying -.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.com any time! Page 48 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. A completed cable with two cable rows.Visit our website www.com for hundreds of free patterns.mechanically. Knit the 3 stitches on the cable needle without twisting them. or by any other means. A completed cable with two cable rows. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. please contact us at support@lionbrand. . all rights reserved.lionbrand.

including photocopying -.com any time! Page 49 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Knitting through the back loop twists the stitch. free instruction and more! 21. or by any other means.Visit our website www. . Knitting Into the Back Loop Insert the right needle into the back of the stitch from the front to back and continue to knit each stitch. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. all rights reserved. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. Knitting Into the Front Loop Insert the right needle into the front of the stitch from front to back and continue to knit the stitch. please contact us at support@lionbrand.lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically. electronically. Knitting into the Back Loop/Front Loop Knitting into the front loops is the normal procedure and is used unless otherwise specified.com for hundreds of free patterns.

Purling into the Back Loop/Front Loop Purling into the front loops is the normal procedure and is used unless otherwise specified. free instruction and more! 22.com any time! Page 50 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. Purling Into the Front Loop Insert the right needle into the front of the stitch from right to left as shown and continue to purl the stitch. .Visit our website www. all rights reserved. or by any other means. including photocopying -. electronically. Purling Into the Back Loop Insert the right needle into the back of the stitch from back to front and continue to purl the stitch. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. Purling through the back loop twists the stitch.com for hundreds of free patterns.mechanically. please contact us at support@lionbrand.

Continue in this way until you have reached your mistake.mechanically. electronically. insert the left needle into the stitch one row below the first stitch on the right needle.Visit our website www. holding the yarn in the back. or by any other means.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. gently pulling the yarn out of the stitch above it. free instruction and more! On a knit stitch. hold the yarn in front and insert the needle from the back of the work. Slip the stitch onto your left needle.lionbrand. .com any time! Page 51 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. On a purl stitch (not shown). We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand. all rights reserved. including photocopying -.

.com any time! Page 52 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. JOINING GARTER STITCH To join two pieces together. including photocopying -. or by any other means. JOINING STOCKINETTE STITCH We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. electronically. Finishing Once you have your knit pieces finished. all rights reserved. please contact us at support@lionbrand. assemble them by sewing them together. alternating from side to side.Visit our website www.lionbrand. Stitch up the sides as shown.com for hundreds of free patterns.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. Place the edges of the garment side by side with the right sides (the sides that people will see) FACING OUT.mechanically. thread a darning needle with the same yarn used to make the garment. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. The seaming technique used depends on the type of stitch used in the piece and whether you are making a vertical or a horizontal seam. free instruction and more! 23.

Work inside the bind-off edge for a seamless look. begin seaming as for the beginning illustration of joining garter stitch. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. or by any other means. align the shoulders and insert the yarn needle under one complete stitch as shown. free instruction and more! With the right sides (knit sides) facing you. please contact us at support@lionbrand. . electronically.Visit our website www.com any time! Page 53 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. JOINING SHOULDER SEAMS With the right sides facing you. including photocopying -.mechanically. Working from side to side.lionbrand. all rights reserved. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.com for hundreds of free patterns. go under the horizontal bar one stitch in from the edge as shown.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.

Thread a darning needle with the end of the yarn and run it in and out in an inconspicuous place for an inch or two.com any time! Page 54 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically. including photocopying -. Weaving in Ends Ends of yarn can be woven directly into your knitting.lionbrand. please contact us at support@lionbrand. Clip remaining excess yarn. . free instruction and more! 24. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.Visit our website www.mechanically.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. all rights reserved. or by any other means.com for hundreds of free patterns.

electronically. free instruction and more! 25. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. With third needle. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. .com any time! Page 55 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.lionbrand. hold in one hand two needles with equal number of stitches on each. *knit together one stitch from each needle.mechanically.Visit our website www. pass first stitch worked over second to bind off. Cut working yarn and pull through last stitch to secure. repeat form * across to last stitch. 3-Needle Bind Off With right sides together. please contact us at support@lionbrand. including photocopying -. or by any other means. all rights reserved.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.com for hundreds of free patterns. knit together one stitch from each needle.

lionbrand. including photocopying -.com any time! Page 56 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Pull the stitch through as in in knitting We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. please contact us at support@lionbrand. free instruction and more! 26. into the stitch as to knit 3.Visit our website www. Picking up Stitches Picking up stitches is a way to add to a piece that has been completed. all rights reserved. Slide one needle into an existing stitch 2. electronically. To pick up a stitch: 1.com for hundreds of free patterns. or by any other means.mechanically.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. Slide your other needle underneath. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. .

free instruction and more! 4. or by any other means.com any time! Page 57 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. including photocopying -. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. This allows you to start a new part of your knitting (a collar. You do not have to pick up stitches on the same row. Pick up the next stitch.com for hundreds of free patterns.Visit our website www.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. please contact us at support@lionbrand.lionbrand. which would be joined in the round to several rows) which is very firmly anchored in the other piece. . We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.mechanically. all rights reserved. Note: When picking up stitches you do not always have to pick up every stitch (your pattern will tell how how many to pick up). You now have a new stitch on your needle 5. for instance. electronically.

all rights reserved.com any time! Page 58 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. or by any other means. including photocopying -. Knitting with two strands together Some items are made using two strands of yarn held together throughout. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. please contact us at support@lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically. . use yarn from both the outside and the inside of the skein.lionbrand. free instruction and more! 27. you have two choices: 1. electronically.com for hundreds of free patterns. If the pattern uses only one skein of yarn. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. roll each skein into two equal-sized balls 2.Visit our website www.

When working a series of horizontal duplicate stitches.lionbrand.com any time! Page 59 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically.Visit our website www.com for hundreds of free patterns. but you can also use it to correct small mistakes. complete one stitch and begin the adjacent stitch in one step. .without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. It is used to add color details. free instruction and more! 28. electronically. Duplicate Stitch Duplicate stitch is a way to work a design or pattern into your knitting after the piece is complete. It is actually embroidery worked on the surface of the knitted fabric. including photocopying -. Bring yarn to the outside at the base of the stitch below the stitch to be duplicated. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. please contact us at support@lionbrand. or by any other means. Pull yarn through to front. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. all rights reserved. Place needle from right to left behind both sides of the stitch above the one being duplicated. such as a stripe or small motif. Complete the stitch by returning the needle to where you began.

Cut the yarn. insert the large-eyed. leaving a tail equal to the amount you would normally need to finish the row 3. 9.com for hundreds of free patterns. blunt needle in first stitch on lower piece as if to purl and draw the thread all the way through. blunt needle (often called a 'tapestry needle') 5. You'll have two pieces to join. Hold the needles parallel. 8. electronically. The working thread should be under the needles each time. Grafting (Kitchener Stitch) 1. free instruction and more! 29. 6. Repeat until no stitches remain.com any time! Page 60 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. wrong sides together 4. Insert needle in first stitch on lower piece from front to back and second stitch from back to front.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically. . Insert needle in first stitch on top piece from front to back and second stitch from back to front 7. all rights reserved. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. The Kitchener stitch is used to join two pieces of knitting together by using a large-eyed blunt needle and sewing in a manner that imitates knitting.Visit our website www. or by any other means. 2. including photocopying -. It is commonly used to join the toe end of socks so there is no seam to rub on the toes. Thread the end of the yarn through a large-eyed. Working from right to left. 10. Pull yarn through and take the stitch off the needles. Pull yarn through and take the stitch off the needle. one side on each of two needles. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.lionbrand. Bring the tail to the inside of the work and fasten off. please contact us at support@lionbrand.

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