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Learn to Knit

Learn to Knit

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  • Before you start
  • 1. Casting On
  • 2. The Knit Stitch
  • 3. The Purl Stitch
  • 4. Ribbing
  • 5. Stockinette Stitch
  • 6. Binding Off
  • 7. Making a Gauge Swatch
  • 8. Joining New Yarn
  • 9. Recovering a dropped stitch
  • 10. Unraveling Stitch by Stitch
  • 11. Avoiding Extra Stitches
  • 12. Increasing
  • 13. Increasing - Making a Simple Increase
  • 14. Increasing Between a Stitch ('Make One')
  • 15. Increasing - The Yarn Over Increase
  • 16. Decreasing
  • 17. Decreasing - Slip, Slip, Knit (SSK/SSP)
  • 18. Decreasing - Knit/Purl Two Together
  • 19. Slipping Stitches Purlwise and Knitwise
  • 20. Making a cable
  • 21. Knitting into the Back Loop/Front Loop
  • 22. Purling into the Back Loop/Front Loop
  • 23. Finishing
  • 24. Weaving in Ends
  • 25. 3-Needle Bind Off
  • 26. Picking up Stitches
  • 27. Knitting with two strands together
  • 28. Duplicate Stitch
  • 29. Grafting (Kitchener Stitch)

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

Visit our website www. or by any other means. please contact us at support@lionbrand. free instruction and more! 1. Casting On Casting On is the term for making the foundation row of stitches on your needle. including photocopying -.com any time! Page 5 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. To begin.mechanically. you make a slipknot: Pull the yarn strand from the center of the ball. 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. . all rights reserved. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. electronically. 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.lionbrand.com for hundreds of free patterns.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.

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

.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand. hold your hands as shown. electronically.lionbrand.mechanically. free instruction and more! With the yarn from your ball IN BACK of your needles.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. all rights reserved. or by any other means.com any time! Page 7 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. 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.Visit our website www. including photocopying -.

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

free instruction and more! Holding the yarn with your right hand. wrap the yarn around the tip of the right needle in a clockwise motion as shown. . No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.Visit our website www. or by any other means.com any time! Page 9 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. all rights reserved. please contact us at support@lionbrand. including photocopying -.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 for hundreds of free patterns.lionbrand. electronically.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. Now you have one loop on each needle. all rights reserved.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand.lionbrand. Don't get discouraged if you don't get this on the first try. . Pull the tip of the right needle towards you. or by any other means.mechanically.Visit our website www. The tips of your needles now cross with the right one on top and the left one below. free instruction and more! Secure the loop you have just made with your right pointer finger. including photocopying -. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. Elongate the pulled-through loop.com any time! Page 10 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically. below the left needle through the center of the stitch.

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

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

without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. . including photocopying -. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. all rights reserved.Visit our website www. electronically.mechanically. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. please contact us at support@lionbrand. or by any other means. 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.com any time! Page 14 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.com for hundreds of free patterns.lionbrand.

please contact us at support@lionbrand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. including photocopying -.com any time! Page 15 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. This is the same step you did when you were casting on (step 7). 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. 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. . or by any other means. This is the same as step 6 in the section on casting on. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. electronically. all rights reserved.lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically. free instruction and more! Secure the two needles in your left hand between your thumb and your forefinger.com for hundreds of free patterns.

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

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

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

lionbrand. please contact us at support@lionbrand. If the bumps are facing you. all rights reserved.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically.com any time! Page 22 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. you are on the purl side.com for hundreds of free patterns. 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. free instruction and more! Which side is facing you? If the V's are facing you. . or by any other means. including photocopying -.Visit our website www. so purl the row. electronically. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. you are on the knit side and should knit the row.

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

com any time! Page 24 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.mechanically. electronically. all rights reserved.lionbrand. knit the knit stitches (V stitches) and purl the purl stitches (bump stitches) Remember to have the working yarn in BACK when you knit and in FRONT when you purl 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. free instruction and more! On subsequent rows. . or by any other means.Visit our website www. please contact us at support@lionbrand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. including photocopying -.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.

please contact us at support@lionbrand. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. . you are on the knit side and should knit the row. If the bumps are facing you. free instruction and more! 5. put your work in your left hand. including photocopying -. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. so purl the row.mechanically.lionbrand. or by any other means. all rights reserved. you are on the purl side.Visit our website www. Stockinette Stitch To figure out whether you should be knitting the row or purling the row. electronically.com for hundreds of free patterns.com any time! Page 25 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Which side is facing you? If the V's are facing you.

or by any other means. . all rights reserved. free instruction and more! 6.mechanically. electronically. Lift the stitch over the last stitch you knit and over the top of the right needle. including photocopying -.com for hundreds of free patterns. Binding Off Knit two stitches.Visit our website www.lionbrand.com any time! Page 26 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. please contact us at support@lionbrand.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. 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. Insert the top of the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle.

Knit another stitch.com for hundreds of free patterns. including photocopying -.lionbrand. all rights reserved. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. Lift that stitch over the stitch just knit.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. . electronically.Visit our website www. free instruction and more! One stitch remains on the right needle. or by any other means.com any time! Page 27 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.mechanically. please contact us at support@lionbrand.

please contact us at support@lionbrand. including photocopying -. electronically. Making a Gauge Swatch Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows a knitter or crocheter makes per inch using a certain yarn and needles or hook.Visit our website www. Gauge varies from person to person. Don't cheat. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. Make sure to count even a half or quarter of a stitch and include that into your gauge. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.mechanically. cast on or chain enough stitches to equal approximately four inches and work in pattern for four inches. place a tape measure on your work and gently pin where the tape measure reads one inch. the garment will not come out to the intended size. Count your stitches. .com for hundreds of free patterns.lionbrand. all rights reserved.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. you'll make smaller stitches and have more stitches and rows per inch. If you don't get the proper gauge. If you are knitting with a finer yarn.com any time! Page 28 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. If you are knitting with a thick yarn like Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® you'll make bigger stitches and have very few stitches and rows per inch. Your gauge determines the size of your finished piece. Take your stitches off the needle and. To make an accurate gauge swatch. or by any other means. free instruction and more! 7. without stretching the fabric. so it is very important to make sure you are achieving the gauge of your pattern.

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

please contact us at support@lionbrand.lionbrand.com any time! Page 30 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.Visit our website www. Recovering a dropped stitch At some point in your knitting career.mechanically. . a stitch falls off your needle and unravels for several rows beneath the row you are working on. free instruction and more! 9. all rights reserved. When this happens. including photocopying -. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. you are going to drop a stitch. electronically. 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.com for hundreds of free patterns. or by any other means.

com for hundreds of free patterns. Pull the bar through the stitch.mechanically.lionbrand. including photocopying -. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. repeat until your stitch is on the same row as the rest of your knitting. Knit until you've reached the dropped stitch. all rights reserved. or by any other means. electronically. free instruction and more! First of all. don't panic. . Now grab the bar of the stitch right above it in the crook of your crochet hook.Visit our website www. the top of your needle will also work) into the loop of the dropped stitch. please contact us at support@lionbrand.com any time! Page 31 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. If your stitch has dropped down several rows. Insert a crochet hook (if you don't have one available. 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.

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On a knit stitch.mechanically. all rights reserved. Instead. holding the yarn in the back. Unraveling Stitch by Stitch Sometimes a mistake is too many rows down to fix with a crochet hook.com for hundreds of free patterns. including photocopying -. . hold the yarn in front and insert the needle from the back of the work. free instruction and more! 10." Unravel your knitting by following the directions below. gently pulling the yarn out of the stitch above it. This is a slightly slower but a very safe method to fix your knitting. please contact us at support@lionbrand. 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.Visit our website www. Continue in this way until you have reached your mistake. On a purl stitch (not shown). you need to unravel your work in order to fix the error. Slip the stitch onto your left needle. insert the left needle into the stitch one row below the first stitch on the right needle. or by any other means. As painful as it may sound.com any time! Page 33 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. any good knitting teacher will tell you that 'Ripping is part of Knitting.lionbrand.

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lionbrand. or by any other means. all rights reserved. please contact us at support@lionbrand.com for hundreds of free patterns.mechanically. bring your yarn underneath your knitting when moving it from front to back for a knit stitch or from back to front for a purl stitch. free instruction and more! Sometimes an extra stitch is formed at the beginning of your needle. To prevent this. This happens when you begin to work a row and you take the yarn over the top of the needle.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.com any time! Page 35 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. .Visit our website www. including photocopying -.

you increase stitches from the cuff to the shoulder. The Yarn Over Increase 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.Visit our website www. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. Increasing Between a Stitch (Make One) 3. Adding stitches to a knit piece makes it a bigger size. Increasing Increasing is the process of adding one or more stitches to a piece. Please check the FAQ for information and examples of 1.com any time! Page 36 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.lionbrand. The Simple Increase 2. For example. when you knit a sleeve. including photocopying -. free instruction and more! 12. electronically. or by any other means.mechanically.com for hundreds of free patterns. please contact us at support@lionbrand. . all rights reserved.

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

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

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purl the loop in the normal way as shown. free instruction and more! 15. or by any other means. including photocopying -. . We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page.com any time! Page 41 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company.lionbrand. Increasing .mechanically. This leaves an extra loop (new stitch) on the needle.Visit our website www. On the next purl row. please contact us at support@lionbrand.The Yarn Over Increase To work a yarn over increase.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company. bring the yarn to the front and knit the next stitch in the normal way.com for hundreds of free patterns. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. all rights reserved. electronically.

without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.com any time! Page 42 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. . electronically. all rights reserved.mechanically. Two common decreases are: • • Knit two together ssk (slip. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. please contact us at support@lionbrand. including photocopying -. 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.Visit our website www. slip.lionbrand. free instruction and more! 16. Decreasing Decreasing is the process of removing one or more stitches from a piece.com for hundreds of free patterns. 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.

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

com any time! Page 44 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically.mechanically.lionbrand.com for hundreds of free patterns.Visit our website www. please contact us at support@lionbrand. including photocopying -. . all rights reserved. free instruction and more! 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. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.

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

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

4-stitch.Visit our website www. Right (back) 6-stitch Cable Left (front) 6-stitch Cable On the cable row. Making a cable Cables are easy to make. or by any other means. work to the cable and then slip the next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold the front of the work. including photocopying -.com any time! Page 47 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. all rights reserved. knit the next three stitches. 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.mechanically. 8-stitch or 10-stitch cables. Cables can be made over any even number of stitches (for example. electronically. They are simply worked by transferring a number of stitches to a third needle and knitting them in a different sequence.lionbrand. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.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. Leaving the stitches on the cable needle. please contact us at support@lionbrand. . free instruction and more! 20.com for hundreds of free patterns. knit the next three stitches. work to the cable and then slip the next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold them to On the cable row.) A cable row is normally worked on right side rows as indicated in the pattern. them to the back of the work. Leaving the stitches on the cable needle.

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

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

please contact us at support@lionbrand. Purling into the Back Loop/Front Loop Purling into the front loops is the normal procedure and is used unless otherwise specified.Visit our website www.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.com for hundreds of free patterns. 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. free instruction and more! 22. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.lionbrand. . Purling through the back loop twists the stitch. or by any other means. including photocopying -.com any time! Page 50 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. electronically.mechanically. all rights reserved. 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. insert the left needle into the stitch one row below the first stitch on the right needle.without written permission of Lion Brand Yarn Company.lionbrand. electronically. holding the yarn in the back. all rights reserved. We are here to help you succeed! If you would like a little help with the instructions on this page. .Visit our website www. Continue in this way until you have reached your mistake. On a purl stitch (not shown). free instruction and more! On a knit stitch. or by any other means.com any time! Page 51 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Slip the stitch onto your left needle.com for hundreds of free patterns. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -. hold the yarn in front and insert the needle from the back of the work. gently pulling the yarn out of the stitch above it.mechanically.

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

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

lionbrand. including photocopying -. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.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.Visit our website www. all rights reserved. Clip remaining excess yarn. please contact us at support@lionbrand. or by any other means.com any time! Page 54 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. Weaving in Ends Ends of yarn can be woven directly into your knitting. free instruction and more! 24. electronically. 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 for hundreds of free patterns. .

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

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

You now have a new stitch on your needle 5. No pattern or other material may be reproduced -.Visit our website www. .mechanically.com for hundreds of free patterns. including photocopying -. You do not have to pick up stitches on the same row. which would be joined in the round to several rows) which is very firmly anchored in the other piece. for instance. all rights reserved. or by any other means. please contact us at support@lionbrand.lionbrand. Pick up the next stitch.com any time! Page 57 Copyright ©1998-2005 Lion Brand Yarn Company. free instruction and more! 4.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. 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). This allows you to start a new part of your knitting (a collar. electronically.

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

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

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

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