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FOCUS: Knitting for beginners
by Siobhan Brown of www.stitchology.co.uk
Knitting Knowledge Nuggets must have 0 stitches and 0 rows and then cast off – never measure
in a 0 x 0cm square and you’re tension while your knitting is still on
In which we learn about tension (a knitting away but it turns out you the needles as it distorts the tension.
concept I have studiously ignored for have  stitches in your 0cm, well… Then grab your ruler and MEASURE!
almost my entire knitting career and your cardigan may well turn out to If you have too many stitches, try
suffered the consequences) and we be big enough for two people. going down one needle size, or if
compare knitting needles to horses. you don’t have enough, go up one
Read on. When you get more proficient and size.
you want to knit from patterns, make
Tension sure you knit a tension square first,
Tension, in a nutshell, is how many to check your whatever-it-is will turn
stitches and rows you should get into out the right size. You can get natty
a 0x0cm square, using the needle little gadgets in the shops that are
size recommended for a particular like a set square, you place them
yarn. Normally this is printed on the over your tension square and count
ball band of wool. how many stitches and rows there Sittin’ Pretty
are in the window. Otherwise, your Here’s a factoid about stitches for ya.
The reason this is important is good old fashioned ruler will do the Stitches sit on the needles in a very
because every knitter knits slightly trick. precise way. When you knit into a
differently and if you’re making stitch, you’ll find that the loop you’re
something from a pattern, you’ll Make sure you cast on more stitches knitting into sits on the needle with
want it to turn out the right size. Say, than you’re supposed to have in the one leg in front of the needle and one
for example, a pattern states that you tension square, knit a big old piece behind it. It’s true! You can always tell
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