Thursday, September 3, 2009

KNITTING for beginners

Hi all
thought i would start my first lesson with the very basic but functional "icord", all you need to know is how to knit.Icords can be made with any type of yarn,just be sure to use the corresponding double pointed needle size that goes with it. Cast on any number of odd stitches, usually 3 or 5 stitches is the standard but once you have made an icord you can experiment with yarn thicknesses and amounts of cast on stitches, it just needs to be an odd number.
so for this lesson lets cast on 5 stitches and knit one row, on the next row slide your work down the other end of the needle and knit another row, next row slide your work down the other end and knit that row and basically that's it. Continue doing this till you reach a desired length, make it long enough to use as a lariat,make 2 or 3 really long ones in different colors to hang around your neck or make it short enough for a bracelet, its your choice.
These icords can be embellished with,beads,buttons,sequence,knitted leaves,knitted flowers etc etc. Next time I will be posting a crochet flower pattern to sew or pin to your icord. So get your needles out and start clicking and before long you will be wearing your own original piece of wearable fiber art....cheers

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