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How to read a knitting pattern

How to read a knitting pattern

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How To Read A Knitting Pattern

Patterns are usually written in an abbreviated format. Below is a list of common abbreviations. K1 – Knit One P1- Purl One K2tog- Knit two together Yo- Yarn Over Kf&b- Knit front and back CO- Cast On BO- Bind Off SSK- Slip Slip Knit Dp or Dpn- Double pointed needles Inc- Increase Dec- Decrease WS- Wrong Side RS- Right Side There are many more abbreviations but to begin reading a pattern these are the most basic. Many patterns provide their own abbreviations so keep a look out for them. Gauge The gauge is basically a preview of your project. Its a small knitted square using the needles and type of yarn that the patterns calls for. -Every knitter knits differently even if they are using the same needles and yarn as the pattern, the measurements might be a bit off. To Begin 1. Using the needles and yarn the pattern calls for cast on about 15-20 stitches. 2. Knit until your piece measures about 4 inches. ( the swatch must be knitted in the pattern called for) 3. Take the stitches of the needle and place the swatch on a smooth surface. 4. Take a measuring tape or ruler and measure the number of stitches across the 4inches of knitting. Measure vertically and horizontally 5. Check your numbers with the pattern, if the pattern says 20 stitches to 4 inches and you have more, redo your swatch with bigger needles. 6. If you have less than the number required use smaller needles and redo the swatch 7. Try to get as close to the numbers in the pattern as possible. 8. Once you have it as close as possible you can start your project ` BUT WAIT!!!! keep checking your gauge threw out your project and if it changes drastically you will have to unravel it and start again =( But just keep thinking of how fitted your sweater will XD

DONT SKIP THE GAUGE!!!! ITS A VERY IMPORTANT PART!! WHAT GOOD WILL A GIGANTIC SWATER DO FOR YOU???

Rows 8-12 *P4. Row 7 Knit. k3.Simple Stitches Basket Weave Stitch (multiple of 8 sts) Row 1 (RS) Knit. rep from * to end. Rep rows 1-12. rep from * to end. Row 2 Purl. *sl 1. p4. k4. rep from *. Rep rows 1 and 2 . Rows 2-6 *K4. end sl 1. Slip Stitch (multiple of 4 sts plus 3) Row 1 (RS) K1. k1.

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