Knitting Begins With Knowing Your Yarn.

The entire purpose of this very elementary knitting information is to teach the basic differences in yarn types and packaging available in the market. Yarn is packaged (or put up) in different forms, although the differences in yarn packaging shouldn’t have much effect on the yarn you choose, but the shape does determine how you work with them.

BALL
Balls are rounder and shorter, and are not wound to have a center pull end. Many of the popular yarns are sold in balls. If you try to pull from the center of a ball you will get a tangle.
Knitting Ball
HANK
A hank is a long loop of yarn that is twisted into a bundle. You cannot knit directly from a hank, you need to wind hanks into a cake or ball before you can use them.
Knitting Hank
SKEIN
A skein is similar to a ball, but it’s formed into a tubular shape. It’s the typical shape that most people think of when they think of yarn. Most of the yarn brands sell in this form Skein form as it is ready-to-use. It’s very common to hear the word ‘skein’ used to refer to ‘a unit of yarn’.
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DONUT BALL

Donut Ball is center-pull, which distinguishes it from ‘balls’. It is used for packaging slippery luxury yarn that needs to boast its luster. The Donut Ball often depends on a label piercing its open center to give it structure, hence it falls apart once you remove the label and start knitting with it. Donut Balls need to be rewound into balls, without stretching the yarn, and then knit with it in that form.
Knitting Donut Ball
CAKE
A cake is what comes off of a ball-winder, a cylinder with a flat top and bottom. These bundles are center-pull, which means that you can pull the yarn from the center for knitting.
Knitting Cake

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Elegant Turquoise Pullover

Yarn: Vardhman Butterfly Knitting Yarn
Needle No.: 8
Quantity: 480 g

Front: Cast on 112 sts and knit 2X2 border of 1.5”. Then start with pointal and box pattern and in every 8th row decrease 1-1 sts from both the sides till 11”. Knit for 1” then in every 8th row increase 1-1 sts from both the sides till 7”. Later, start shaping the armhole in 3-2-1 manner. Knit for 3” and shape the neckline round in 4.5”. Keep 26-26 sts for shoulder.

Back: Knit same as front but the shape for the neckline to be round in 1” only.

Sleeves: Cast on 44 sts and knit 2X2 rib border for 1.5”. Then start with pointal and box pattern and in every 6th row increase 1-1 sts from both the sides till its 19”. Decrease 3-3-3 sts for armhole shape and cast off all the sts in 3”. Knit the other sleeve likewise.

Neck: Pick neck sts and knit 2X2 rib border for 1.5” and cast off.

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Who Says Kids are Too Young for Knitting?

Knitting is an excellent activity that comes with many benefits for adults and children alike. If you and your children are crafty, or want to be, and are looking for new ways to pass time, knitting should definitely be on the top of your list!  We have listed a few benefits of knitting for children below:

1) Math! Math! Math!
Math is an inherent part of knitting as patterns usually include counting, skip counting, multiplication, division, subtraction, addition, etc. It helps in understanding both basic and complicated math.

2) Improves reading and analyzing
Knitting requires reading and understanding a pattern/instructions. It also enhances reasoning and visualization skills to make the finished product.

3) Nurtures problem-solving skills
While knitting, mistakes happen very often and they are a great opportunity to look back at how the error occurred and figure out how to fix it. Not to forget, this will also make you and your kids more patient.

4) Develops fine motor skills
Knitting, a craft done with both hands, helps children develop an essential skill that connects the right and left brain. This skill is required for overall coordination and everyday errands like writing, putting on socks or hitting a ball with a bat.

5) Boosts Creativity
There is so much that can be made and done with knitting! From choosing the colours to patterns and then customizing the patterns as per your needs, there is endless scope in knitting.

6) Gives a sense of achievement
Since knitting includes a finished product that your child can use or wear (or gift to somebody), it has its own built-in reward system that boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.

Knitting is a purposeful and tactile way to improve all of the above skills and abilities and that in itself is priceless!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Four Sleeve Styles You Cannot Miss This Winter!

Seamless Yoke
The seamless yoke style is the simplest sweater to knit in the round from the top down. These sweaters are unique in their lack of visible armhole shaping. Since the shoulders and armholes are not well defined, the yokes of these sweaters have a less tailored fit.

Sweater Design

Raglan

The next simplest style is the raglan. Sweaters with raglan shaping have distinctive “seams” between the front(s), back, and sleeves that form diagonal lines running from the neck edge to the base of the armholes. Beginning at the neck, the number of stitches on the front(s), back, and sleeves increase at regular intervals along these lines to give each section a triangular shape. Raglan sweaters fit nicely at the shoulders and lend themselves well to a close fit or waist shaping.

Sweater DesignModified Drop-Shoulder

For the modified drop-shoulder style, the sleeves join the yoke in “notches” that extend from the shoulders to the base of the armholes. Other than stitches cast on at the base of the armholes, there is no armhole shaping. Modified drop-shoulder (also called indented sleeve or square armhole) sweaters are characterized by a boxy shape and casual style. The sleeves are attached to the body along straight armhole edges. The resulting square shape provides a broad canvas on which it’s easy to incorporate texture patterns.

Modified drop shoulderSet-In Sleeve
Set-in sleeve styles have a classic tailored fit. The front(s) and back are worked separately to the desired armhole depth, with increases worked along the edges to tailor the shape of the armholes. Sweaters with set-in sleeves have tailored silhouettes and a timeless, classic quality. Because there is no excess fabric at the armholes, it gives a more refined look to even casual styles.

Sweater Design

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Creative Art or a Stress Buster!
It’s Undoubtedly Hand Knitting

Hand knitting is often compared to meditation but we say it’s even more than that. Unlike meditation, hand knitting results in tangible, beautiful and often useful products. It simply is the best activity to enhance self-esteem. Just looking at your creations can boost your spirits.

Various surveys time and again list hand knitting as the best stress reliever. It gives a sense of purpose and is an amazing anti-dote to cope with stress. It also gives a sense of order in the hectic days. Respondents have often quoted that it even helps in solving problems!

The moment you start knitting, it’s like in an instant your thoughts get focussed, mind does quieten and you just enjoy the activity in that moment.

There is no bigger benefit than attaining creative fulfilment. You can actually create something functional (with beauty) for your friend or loved ones or simply for yourself. Be it a gift or a fashion accessory the scope of creation is immense.

All you need is needles and yarn. Savour hand knitting. Savour life.

The benefits of Hand knitting in a gist:

1. It’s better than meditation

2. It creates meaningful products

3. An awesome activity for expressing your creativity

4. Anti-dote to stress or a hectic day

 

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