Knitting 101 – Hats: Decreasing the Crown

Finishing the hat

Finishing the hat

I assume during my computerless week off that you have been hard at work on those hats. Well, if not, that’s ok. The nice thing about hats is how quick they are to knit up. You could probably do a whole one in a day or two, which is why they’re my favorite suggestion for first projects.

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Knitting 101 – Hats: The Calculations

The swatch doesn't need to be quite this big, but you do want at least 4 inches by 4 inches.

The swatch doesn’t need to be quite this big, but you do want at least 4 inches by 4 inches.

Now that you know all the technical stuff – how to knit, what tools to use, various kinds of yarn, etc. – let’s have a little fun. How about we cast-on a project?

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Knitting 101: Tools of the Trade

The tools

The tools

This week has just flown right by! Anyone else having trouble getting it to stay still for a moment? I forgot Tuesday and Wednesday (cat-related mischief), and I nearly forgot today, but I think we’re back on track. Today’s 101 topic covers some of the lovely knitting tools we knitters get to use!

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Knitting 101: Casting Off and Weaving in Ends

Cast-Off Piece

Cast-Off Piece

By now, your sampler has some length on it. You may have kept it washcloth size or may have continued on until it was the length of a scarf. It doesn’t matter how long or short you made your practice piece; it’s whatever you are comfortable with. Now, though, it’s time to cast it off.

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Knitting 101: Some More Fixes

As you can imagine, issues come up with purl stitches and stockinette as much as with knit stitches and garter. In fact, a lot of the same issues come up. I hesitate to call them mistakes, though. While that’s exactly what they are, I think “learning experiences” is more accurate, particularly because these so-called “mistakes” will become techniques in other forms of knitting.

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