Whether you knit or crochet, the world of knitting is filled with different types of knitting materials and different types of knitting tools. Even if you are knitting a blanket, afghan or perhaps a sweater, there are fundamental knitting tools and terms that you should become familiar with. The terms crocheting and knitting will help you better understand what you are doing when you start to knit. This is important since the foundation of this craft is based on knitting.
You probably already understand the basic anatomy of a knitting needle. While most knitting needles are similar in shape, they differ slightly in size. You will need to get familiar with different types of knitting needles to properly knit. In addition, you will need to quickly understand that knitting needles are manufactured in different sizes which correlate almost in part to the amount of yarn you will be using.
When you begin learning how to knit, it is helpful to have a variety of needles handy so that you can create different types of stitches. Some of the different types of stitches include cable lengths, single stitches and double stitches. Each one of these stitches produces different types of fabric products.
Cable length stitches are used to make flat or textured objects. Knitting two or more stitches of different lengths results in a stitched pattern that has no beginning or end. Unlike a knitter\’s loop, cable stitches have an open loop. To make a stitch, insert the right needle into the stitch and draw it back out. This is the first stitch you will make with different types of knitting needles.
Knitting with circular knitting needles is very similar to cable stitches except you will be working in rounds. Instead of inserting the needle from the back, the needle tips will be facing when you pull the needle back out. In order to work a pattern, you will need two sets of standard size circular knitting needles. When learning how to knit with circular knitting needles, it is helpful to work in several sizes of stitches. There are six sizes of stitches commonly referred to as round stitches.
Knitters typically use the following sizes of stitches: large circular needles for long stitches, small circular needles for short stitches, tapering or zero-sts needle tips for creating rim-free stockings, and needle tips of half stitches and full stitches for creating decorative items like doilies. It is also possible to use interchangeable needles if you prefer to alternate between the sizes. Many experienced knitters recommend the use of two needles for larger projects and smaller projects.
The primary advantage of working with straight needles is that the yarn does not have to be threaded. However, using single point needles makes precision work difficult because the fabric is more likely to slip and slide across the needles. Single point needles are particularly useful for knitting stockings and other bulky items. Because it is difficult to control the amount of yarn that passes through the needle, it is usually best to use double-sided tape to hold the fabric onto the straight needles. This helps to prevent the fabric from slipping off the needles.
When working in circular patterns, the primary advantage of knitting with double-sided tape is that it prevents the fabric from slipping off the needles and is easy to use when knitting hats and stockings. In addition, the tape allows you to control the thickness of the fabric. Many knitting stores offer a selection of double-sided tapes, typically used for knitting socks, hats, and scarves. Some speciality stores offer knitting supplies that are specifically designed to be used with double-sided tape so that consumers can take their projects home and try them on in the comfort of their own homes.