Category: Knitting

Tutorial: the nupp

Part three of our journey through the textured stitches is the nupp (speak: noop or like soup with an "n"). The nupp is a stitch used in lace patterns originating in Estonian lace knitting. Other than the bobble it makes a flat and elongated shape. Also it's not knitted back and forth like a bobble. Nupps create a distinct oval dot in lace delicate lace knitting and thus accentuate the shape of certain patterns and forms. There are 2 ways to make a nupp. The traditional way is to create the additional stitches out of one stitch in the first row and purl them together in the second row. The newer way is to do both steps in one row. Both methods have their pros and cons, but it's important to know, that they look slightly different and you shoul not use both methods in one piece if you want the......

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Tutorial: Wrapped stitches

The second part of this series is showing you how to knit wrapped stitches. Unlike the bobble we have seen yesterday, wrapped stitches will not get knitted back and forth to create a three-dimentional effect. The wrapped stitch is made by taking a certain amount of stitches (I use 3 here) around which the working thread is wrapped several times.

Here is how you work the wrapped stitch

01 1. Put 3 stitches on a seperate short needle (like glove needles) or a savety pin. 02 2. Wrap the working thread around these 3 stitches anti-clockwise 5 times (this depends very much on the thickness of your yarn - the thicker the less wraps you'll need). 03 3. Put the working thread behind the knitting and put the 3 wrapped stitches back on......

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Tutorial: knitting bobbles

The first in this mini-series of textured stitches is the bobble. Bobbles are a classic means to create a very defined texture in knitting. They are typically found in patterns that are already textured on their own like cables, ribbing or twisted stitches. Spread on stockinette the bobble makes a popcorn kind of appearance. There are several ways to make a bobble. Size can be altered through the amount of stitches you use and how many rows you knit the bobble. The standard bobble in the tutorial here uses 5 stitches and 1 row.

Here is how you do a standard bobble over 5 stitches:

01 1. Knit into the stitch where your bobble should be. Leave the stitch you knitted in on the knitting needle. 02 2. Yarn over. 3. Work 1 knit stitch, 1 yarn over......

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Introduction: bobbles, nupps and wrapped stitches

Texture in knitting is a wonderful thing. You don't have to be a genius to create texture and there are A LOT of possibilities in knitting to achieve it. One of the most outstanding textural elements are bobbles. For a long time bobbles where regarded as old fashioned - at least here in Germany- but with a wave of textural excitement and experimental spirit the bobbles came back. For the next days I want to show you how to make bobbles and other texture stitches similiar to the bobble and how versatile these stitches are in knitting.

Here are the links to the tutorials in this series

1. Introduction 2. Bobbles 3. Wrapped stitches 4. Nupps  knit-bobbleseries noppenserie  ...

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5 knit in the row below patterns

5knitintherowbelowpatternsKnit in the row below patterns can create a textured and airy fabric when worked with knits and purls on the right side but also simulate stranded knitting when worked as stockinette. Like with the slip stitch patterns the knit in the row below patterns don't curl on the edges when worked as rib or garter stitch, but behave like stockinette when all right side stitches are knitted. Knitting in the row below is a technique brioche knitting is using to make very stretchy and thick, but airy fabrics. The fifth pattern is practically a brioche pattern. If you want to learn more about this technique, I have a half-brioche tutorial here, too. row-below Abbrevations: k = knit; p = purl; k1b = knit in the stitch of the row below;......

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5 slip stitch patterns

5slipstitchpatterns Yesterday I wrote about the differences between knitting in the row below and slip stitches, today I want to show you some slip stitch patterns to try out for yourself. Note: I have labeled the stitches as stockinette and garter stitch patterns. The stockinette patterns tend to curl at the edges, have a knit stitch surface and a purl stitch back. The garter stitch patterns don't curl at the edges and can be used without a border. slip-stitch How to do the slip stitch:
left: slip 1 stitch with yarn in back; right: slip 1 stitch with yarn in front Abbrevations: k = knit; p = purl; slip1wyif = slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front; slip1wyib = slip 1 stitch with yarn in back; MC = main color yarn (here: white); CC =......

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slip stitch vs knit in the row below

There are many ways to create a knitted fabric with the use of multiple colors. For beginners working with more then one thread at a time can be intimidating. Nevertheless there are ways achieve a color pattern by working with one thread per row/round. The 2 ways I want to show today are slipped stitches and knit in the row below. Both techniques are easy to do and alter the fabric to mimic color patterns.

1. Knit into the row below

row-below The knitting needle is inserted into the loop of the stitch below the next stitch. You can cover multiple rows this way, too, but keep in mind that very long stitches can break more easily. The knit in the row below stitch creates an downward dart or longer stitch pointing downward.

2. The slip stitch


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Tutorial: Knitting Bobbles

noppen Bobbles are a kind of texture stitch. They are basically a stitch increased by a number of at least 3, then worked in shortrows and reduced to one stitch again. The number of increased stitches and shortrows define how big the bobble will become. In this tutorial I will show a bobble with 5 stitches and 2 shortrows. There is another stitch which is worked similar to the bobble. The nupp (pronounced with a long u) is also increased like the bobble but there are no shortrows involved. The nupp is reduced to one stitch on the reverse side.

The Bobble

noppen02 1. Knit into the stitch where your bobble should be. Leave the stitch you knitted in onto the knitting needle. noppen03 2. Yarn over.
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Tutorial: crochet cast on (knitting)


- compared to other cast on methods it's very flexible - you don't have to worry about the length of a tail like with the long-tail methods - you can use this cast on for a provisional version, too, just use waste yarn for the cast on and knit on top of it with your project yarn. later on you can undo the crochet cast on and pick up your stitches easily


- due to it's flexibility it's not very good at parts where you need crisp edges Essentially you make a chain stitch crochet row with your knitting needle between the loops. If you take out the knitting needle you simply have a chain stitch line. The crochet cast on complements most basic cast off methods. co-crochet...

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