Tip(p)s a/und Tricks

Three-Needle Bind-Off – 3-Nadel-Abketten

When wanting to bind off a knitted tube (such as socks or the bottom of bags) you can, of course, bind off as usual and then sew it together. There is, however, a helpful technique which saves time and looks neat: the three-needle bind off.

Wenn man etwas Rundgestricktes abketten will (z.B. Socken oder der Boden von Taschen), dann kann man natürlich normal abketten und alles zusammennähen. Es gibt jedoch eine methode, die sowohl Zeit spart als auch gut aussieht: die Drei-Nadel-Methode.

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Stranded Knitting – Mehrfarbiges Stricken

 

The idea of stranded and Fair-Isle Knitting is to create a pattern made with two or more colours. Traditionally, colour knitting was done with two colours in each row. Fair-Isle creates its colourful appearance by changing colours almost from row to row, but not always both colours at the same time, but it still only uses two colours in each row.

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Gauge Swatches – Maschenprobe

Most knitters are mystified by Gauge Swatches and initially they may easily be seen as something rather “precious” which buffs like to talk shop about. Well, it can be, but there is a real place and usefulness to Gauge Swatches and I’d like to share that with you.

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Which Way do your Stitches Lie? – Wie herum liegen die Maschen?

This looks like another “mystical” question and you may well ask: What do you mean? And moreover: What does it matter?

The magic of knitting is really loops within loops and the difference between knit and purl is simply if the yarn has been pulled through the loop from behind or in front. But then there is also the question how did the needle pick up the stitch? From behind or in front? And why bother to find out?

In lace knitting this really does matter – when you combine several stitches into one. The way your stitches lie can determine which way your new stitch slants and that can contribute largely to the appearance of your lace pattern!

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