Jil Eaton’s

knitting School

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Jil Eaton’s

knitting School
The Complete Guide
to Becoming a Confident Knitter
Photographs by Nina Fuller

New York

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Copyright © 2010, Jennifer Lord Eaton, d/b/a Jil Eaton. MINNOWKNITS are trademarked and copyrighted
under U.S. and international law, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
SMALL POND STUDIOS, 52 Neal Street, Portland, Maine 04102 USA

dedication

All rights reserved.
Published in the United States by Potter Craft, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,
a division of Random House, Inc., New York.
www.crownpublishing.com
www.pottercraft.com
POTTER CRAFT and colophon is a registered trademark of Random House, Inc.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
TK
Printed in XX
Design by XX
Photography by Nina Fuller
Photography Art Direction by Jil Eaton
Styling by Merle Hagelin, Jil Eaton, Mark Dube
Pattern Design by Jil Eaton
Drawings by Jil Eaton
Technical Illustrations by Joni Coniglio
Technical Writing and Editing by Stephanie Doben
Pattern Checking by Janice Bye

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First Edition
Every effort has been made to be accurate and complete with all the information in this book.
The publisher and the author cannot, however, be responsible for differences in knitters’ abilities,
typographical errors, techniques, tools or conditions or any resulting damages or mistakes or losses.

..... to my toast band mates, Ted Arnold, Kathleen Egan,
and Tori Lambert, who have given me so many joyous
hours over the past years, full of fun and harmony,
the perfect prescription for health and happiness and
creativity—thanks for every single note!

Jil Eaton’s hand-knitting patterns may not be knit for re-sale.
MinnowKnits™ patterns and books and yarns are distributed by
Classic Elite Yarns, 125 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA 01851 www.classiceliteyarns.com
No copies of any or all of this publication may be made
without the express written permission of the publisher and author.
www.minnowknits.com
www.classiceliteyarns.com
www.ninafuller.net

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contents
introduction . ...................................... 8
about this book . .......................... 11

knitting basics........................ 12

The Perfect Knitting Kit
Needles
Other Knitting Equipment
About Yarn
Always Knitting to Fit
Measuring
Blocking
Laundering
How to Read a Pattern
Knitting Abbreviations

Let’s Knit ....................................... 26
Knitting on the Go
Starting a Knitting Group
Knitting for Charity
Going on a Field Trip

beginner’s delights
Lesson 1 ......................................... 30
How to Make a Slip Knot
How to Cast On
Knit-On Cast-On
Cable Cast-On
Backwards Loop Cast-On
The Basic Knit Stitch
The Garter Stitch
Lesson 2 ......................................... 33
How to Bind Off
How to Weave in Ends
How to Make Pompoms
Project: Learn-to-Knit Scarf with Pompoms

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Lesson 3 ......................................... 37
How to Make the Simplest Decrease
Knit Two Together
How to Sew a Simple Seam
Project: Zany Puppetina
Lesson 4 ......................................... 40
How to Join a New Yarn
How to Make a Three-Needle Bind-Off
How to Pick Up Stitches
How to Make a Single Crochet Edging
Project: Crew Sweater
Lesson 5 ......................................... 46
The Basic Purl Stitch
The Stockinette Stitch
How to Make an Invisible Seam
Project: Easy-as-Pie Pullover
Lesson 6 ......................................... 52
The Seed Stitch
Project: Seedling Pullover
Lesson 7 ......................................... 57
How to Increase
Knit One Front and Back
How to Felt
Project: Pooch Jacket

intermediate charmers
Lesson 8 ......................................... 64
How to Make Another Decrease
Slip, Slip, Knit
How to Embroider
The Back Stitch
The French Knot
Project: Duckie Baby Blanket

Lesson 9 ......................................... 69
How to Make Stripes
Project: Striped Tee
Lesson 10 ....................................... 75
Ribbing
A Yarn Over
How to Make Yarn-Over Buttonholes
How to Make Duplicate Stitch
Project: Bird’s Eye Cardigan
Lesson 11 ....................................... 82
How to Make Bound-Off Buttonholes
Project: Garden Party Cardi
Lesson 12 ....................................... 88
How to Make Cables
How to Make a Tassel
Project: Big Fish, Little Fishie

Lesson 16 ...................................... 112
How to Create Fair Isle
How to Read a Color Chart
How to Make I-Cord
How to Make an I-Cord Bind-Off
Project: Cross Country Cap
Lesson 17 ...................................... 118
How to Knit Texture Patterns
Project: Checkerboard Jewels
Lesson 18 ..................................... 123
How to Knit in the Round
How to Crochet a Chain Stitch
How to Make Box Pleats
Project: Dressy Dress
Lesson 19 ..................................... 130
How to Work Multistitch Patterns
Project: Latticework Tank Top

Lesson 13 ....................................... 96
How to Knit Lace
Project: La Petite Shrug

solutions to commonly asked
questions .......................................... 136

graduate school

needle conversion
chart ............................................. 135

Lesson 14 ..................................... 102
How to Make Knit-In Bobbles
Project: Bobble Shawl
Lesson 15 ..................................... 106
How to Use Double-Pointed Needles
How to Make a Sock
How to Turn a Heel
How to Wrap a Stitch
How to Do the Kitchener Stitch
Project: Toasty Toes

contributors . .................................. 138
acknowledgments . ........................ 141
the knitting market .................... 142
index ............................................. 143

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beginner's delights

How adorable is this frisky critter,

Skills

complete with a shaggy mane and fiery

knit stitch ............................. page 00
decrease............................... page 00
sewing a seam..................... page 00

tongue? A toy is fun to knit and even more
fun to play with, and is a good way to use
up leftover yarn. The puppet makes a
charming present for both the young and
the young at heart.
Jil’s Tip
Finished Size
10" (25.5cm) long

Make sure to
take breaks from
your knitting to
stretch your body
and your hands.

Materials

65 yards (60 m) worsted weight yarn
in MC and
2 yards (1.8 meters) each in A, B, C, and D

One pair size 8 (5mm) needles, or size needed to
obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

2buttons, ¾" (19mm) wide

Gauge
18 stitches and 36 rows = 4" (10cm) in garter stitch

Puppet
With MC, cast on 38 stitches.
Rows 1-8 Knit.
Row 9 K2tog, knit to last two stitches, k2tog.

Repeat the last 9 rows 7 times more—22 stitches.
Rows 10 and 11 Knit.

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project: zany puppetina

zany puppetina

Lesson 3

Project:

Row 12 K2tog, knit to last two stitches, k2tog.

Repeat the last three rows once more—18 stitches.
Next row K2tog across—9 stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a

long tail, and thread through remaining stitches.

Finishing
Tongue

Cut six 12" (30.5cm) strands of A. Tie a knot near one
end and make a braid using double strands. Tie another
knot near the end of the braid.

Mane
Wrap one strand each of B, C and D around four fingers
twenty times. Cut loops at one end and sew opposite
end into seam of puppet as follows: With RS facing, pull
long tail of MC snug and sew back seam while securing
tongue at front of puppet, and mane between 2" (5cm)
from front and 4" (10cm) from back of puppet.
Eyes

Sew on button eyes 1" (2.5cm) from front of puppet and
½" (1.25cm) down from seam.
Sample in photograph knit in Jil Eaton MinnowMerino
(50g/77yds): #4794 Jade (MC), #4758 Rouge (A), #4789
Pinque (B), #4788 Tangerine (C) and #4755 Cerise (D).
Buttons by Zecca. Knit by Jil Eaton.

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beginner's delights

How adorable is this frisky critter,

Skills

complete with a shaggy mane and fiery

knit stitch ............................. page 00
decrease............................... page 00
sewing a seam..................... page 00

tongue? A toy is fun to knit and even more
fun to play with, and is a good way to use
up leftover yarn. The puppet makes a
charming present for both the young and
the young at heart.
Jil’s Tip
Finished Size
10" (25.5cm) long

Make sure to
take breaks from
your knitting to
stretch your body
and your hands.

Materials

65 yards (60 m) worsted weight yarn
in MC and
2 yards (1.8 meters) each in A, B, C, and D

One pair size 8 (5mm) needles, or size needed to
obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

2buttons, ¾" (19mm) wide

Gauge
18 stitches and 36 rows = 4" (10cm) in garter stitch

Puppet
With MC, cast on 38 stitches.
Rows 1-8 Knit.
Row 9 K2tog, knit to last two stitches, k2tog.

Repeat the last 9 rows 7 times more—22 stitches.
Rows 10 and 11 Knit.

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project: zany puppetina

zany puppetina

Lesson 3

Project:

Row 12 K2tog, knit to last two stitches, k2tog.

Repeat the last three rows once more—18 stitches.
Next row K2tog across—9 stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a

long tail, and thread through remaining stitches.

Finishing
Tongue

Cut six 12" (30.5cm) strands of A. Tie a knot near one
end and make a braid using double strands. Tie another
knot near the end of the braid.

Mane
Wrap one strand each of B, C and D around four fingers
twenty times. Cut loops at one end and sew opposite
end into seam of puppet as follows: With RS facing, pull
long tail of MC snug and sew back seam while securing
tongue at front of puppet, and mane between 2" (5cm)
from front and 4" (10cm) from back of puppet.
Eyes

Sew on button eyes 1" (2.5cm) from front of puppet and
½" (1.25cm) down from seam.
Sample in photograph knit in Jil Eaton MinnowMerino
(50g/77yds): #4794 Jade (MC), #4758 Rouge (A), #4789
Pinque (B), #4788 Tangerine (C) and #4755 Cerise (D).
Buttons by Zecca. Knit by Jil Eaton.

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