Monday, October 12, 2009

Learning to Knit? Here's some video support!

I've begun my guest blogging series called "Learn to Knit and Start Relaxing" on a mom-oriented site called! I have to say that each time I sit down to write my next post I actually get giddy!

The site has such a great audience with the potential for big impact. I just know that there are women out there who need something to help them take a break and give themselves a little "me time" each day. As moms, we give all our time and energy to our children and often forget to save some for ourselves. There have been times where, at the end of the day, I have looked in the mirror and wondered who that shell of a woman staring back at me is. I began to knit and have not seen that shell in a long time. I want the same for all those other women out there who just haven't found that activity that truly helps to calm them down, relaxes their body and rejuvinates their mind.

I encourage you to check out the blog, let me know what you think of the series and tell your friends about it...who knows, they may need a break and want to learn to knit! Below, you'll find videos on Making a Slip Knot, Casting On and The Knit Stitch. These videos support the written instructions and video found at Next week I'll be adding The Purl Stitch and Slipping Stitches. My goal is to provide a video library easily accessible on the sidebar to assist new knitters and advanced knitters alike in learning new skills and honing old ones! Stay tuned!

One quick note, Blogger only allows 100mb videos to be uploaded so the color is not the best. I'm working on a new video format to allow for better color and clarity. It's soon to come!

Making a Slip Knot - This video shows two methods to make a slip knot. One method uses the needle as a base for our yarn and the other method, which I like to call the pretzel method, uses a flat surface. Be sure to measure out enough yarn for your tail end. The general rule is that it takes 3x the length of your piece in yarn to make one row. So, look at your schematics, if your cast on edge is to measure 10 inches, you'll need 30 inches of yarn to make one row (10 inches x 3= 30 inches).

Casting On (CO) - The gun or slingshot method is also known as a two-fingered or German method of casting on. Be sure to keep the yarn as taut as you can and as close to the needle as possible. Loose yarn makes for difficult casting on!

The Knit Stitch (K) - The knit stitch is the foundational stitch in knitting. All other stitches are variations of the knit stitch. Commonly called the garter stitch, we use a simple rhyme to remember the 4 steps: Through the loop, around the back; Pull it through, off pops Jack! When putting your right needle through the loop, check to see that the front of the loop rests just to the right of the back of the loop. Then, slide your needle through the front of the loop and follow the rest of the rhyme! Be sure to keep your yarn behind your knitting as you work each row!

The Purl Stitch
Super simple. To make the purl stitch, commonly abbreviated "P" or "p," first you bring the yarn to the front of the work by slipping the yarn thread between your needles. Next, you'll slip the point of your right needle through the first loop on the left needle by going through the back. Now, wrap that yarn around the back of the right needle, push it through the loop and "off pops Jack," as the rhyme goes!
Here's a video link to my families site where I was fortunate to have uploaded some video a few months back. It'll have to suffice till I get back home and can get some better video up on MMK.

Slipping Stitches
Even easier than the knit a purl stitch. To slip a stitch knitwise (aka sl 1 kwise), simply insert the tip of the right needle into the first loop on the left needle as if you are going to knit it. Stop! Don't wrap the yarn. Slide the loop off the left needle and onto the right. Done! To slip a stitch purlwise (aka sl 1 pwise), simply slide that right needle into the first loop on the left needle as if to purl. Stop! Don't wrap the yarn! Slide the stitch off the left needle and onto the right. Done!

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