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Think of them like this: if you make what was the last row I knitted? Oh
a garter, you’d want it to be kinda deary deary me, what a mess.
textured and a little bit elasticy, Follow these simple rules and you’ll
whereas if you knit a stocking (you never get your knits and purls in a
kinky beast) you’d want it to look all muddle again, YAY!
smooth.
One word of advice though: if you The knit stitch: Your knit stitch is a
want a fabric that lies flat, like a scarf classic and elegant fella. The type
for example, don’t use stocking stitch that wears a tank top over a shirt and
Stocking stitch: This produces a
– it curls inwards at the edges, and has ruddy cheeks. When you look at
pleasingly smooth fabric (below)
short of doing some fancy stitchwork the right side of your knitting, you
and you get the effect by knitting
at the sides, there’s not a lot you can can always recognise him from his v-
the first row, then purling the second
do about it. neck tank top, thus:
row, then knitting the third row, and
so on.
How to tell the stitches apart?
Ah now, I have a top tip for you. Most
beginner knitters can form the knit
and purl stitches, and happily click
away for a few rows in stocking stitch,
until…OH NOES! Disaster strikes. The
knitter has put the knitting down,
and now can’t remember if they
were on a knit row or a purl row, and
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