Q. Why are there so many different ways to cast on?
Most knitters will know about 3 ways to cast on and use 2 almost exclusively. Each cast on has different ‘stretch’ will be better to use for ‘hemming’ or ‘lie flatter’ ‘be tighter’ or give a ‘neater edge’. It is up to the individual as to what they want to achieve for the garment they are working.
Q. I am a beginner and want to know where I can find quick and easy knit patterns?
Lynadell has a beginners or easy section of garments that you can knit quickly too. Her patterns are easy to follow with many instructions not normally given in patterns today, plus she puts little comments in as well so that you feel that she is sitting there with you all the time. Even if you have never knitted before, you can make these garments, being confident that you will be able to achieve the look that is shown here.
Q. Can I use an alternative brand of yarn?
Yes, you can use an alternative brand, as long as you do your test square to make sure that your gauge it correct.
Q. Can I use other materials, besides yarn, to knit items?
Knitting today is changing all the time as people experiment with different fibers. As long as you can knit there is no limit to what you may knit with. I have seen a wedding dress knitted from plastic bags and of course jewelry knitted from wire. If you are creating it then try anything that you like, you are the designer of your project.
Q. I made a 2 meter long scarf in Stocking Stitch and it rolls on the edges and won’t sit flat. Can I stop the rolling on my scarf by pressing it?
This would have to be the most common and heartbreaking question ever asked. The quick nswer is NO. The stitch that you have used will always roll on the edges it is just the way of Stocking Stitch. When making a scarf you need to do a stitch that lies flat, like all garter stitch, seed stitch (Moss stitch) or stocking stitch with a border on it. Some stitches are not right for scarves. Oh dear I hear you say after you stopped crying! There is hope to fix this.
Fold the scarf lengthwise in half and sew together to make a long tube, turn inside out, put some tassels on the end and then use it.
Lynadell has some smaller scarves that are fun and gay for winter, so you may like to try one of these or even knit the mittens and wrist warmers to match as in the pattern.
Q. What is the best way to wash my knitting?
Washing instructions are often on the wrapper of the yarn so look there first for suggested washing instructions. Hand washing is always recommend regardless of what the label says however if you want your garment to look good for years ~ there was a lot of work knitting your pieces and washing keeps them looking new. Complete and detailed instructions are in each of my patterns for you to follow.
Q. What sizes are all of the yarns most commonly used?
To be very accurate with yarns is almost impossible as some yarns ‘bulk’ while other don’t. Then there are different spinning twists that gives a variation to yarns as well. But don’t be put off or scared by that as many can be loosely classified into four types:
– Light weight – baby yarn
– Medium-weight – sport yarn
– Heavy weight – worsted yarn
– Extra-heavy weight – bulky or chunk yarns
Q. What is “I-cord”?
I-cords are great if you want to make a tie and really knit quickly too. It started out being called and Idiot Cord as you do not swap your needles over, but it soon was found that it has some useful decorative ways and has now been called an I-Cord.The I-Cord looks just like the knitting on little nails in old cotton reels that we used to do.
Q. What size needles do I use for my yarn if I want to design my own garment?
Congratulations you are flying solo! As when following a pattern you must do your test square first.This will let you see what the finished fabric will look like and if this matches what you have planned. It will also give you the width and length of the work so that the measurements will be what you want.
Refer to the list below, understanding that is NOT correct in every case but a starting point only. You will have to do your test square to check that the look is what you want.
|Fingering yarn||Sport yarn||Double knitting (DK) yarn||Worsted yarn||Bulky or chunk yarn|
|Needle size: 0-3 or 2-3.25mm||Needle size: 4-6 or 3.5-4mm||Needle size: 5-7 or 3.75-4.5mm||Needle size: 7-9 or 4.5-5.5mm||Needle size: 9-11 or 5.5-8mm|
|Knit gauge: 7sts = 1inch/2.5cm||Knit gauge: 6.5sts = 1inch/2.5cm||Knit gauge: 6sts = 1inch/2.5cm||Knit gauge: 5sts = 1inch/2.5cm||Knit gauge: 4sts = 1inch/2.5cm|