Knits and Purls

Posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Its been a very long time since I have posted anything about knits and Purls. I get many visitors in a day, searching for free patterns available on my site for various knitting projects. I havent yet started making my own patterns, but have many books, with all the possible combinations of knits and purls, from where i try and knit them.

There is an amazing site, which helped me with my earlier knitting. It has many detailed videos, which helped me understand every stich better.To visit this site, click here. As a starter, do not attempt any lenghty or big project. Start with a simple project, which can boost yor confidence and your stiches grows neater too. Once, the stiches are neat in lines, start with whatever project you wish. 
Long before i bought books, I used the patterns available here. They offer many free patterns for almost everything, which are usually quite simple.

If you want to knit a scarf, An afghan, A shawl, or anything, remember to jot down the pattern first, work out the stiches(using the calculator), cast on the correct number of stiches(which forms the base), use the suggested numbered needle (A aluminium or a bamboo needle is good for a starter) and always have a border too, to avoid it getting curled all over itself.
Now, making a simple border is quite easy, What every your number of stiches are, Add eight more stiches to it. Let me explain. Suppose My pattern is as –
Cast on 10 stiches.
Row 1- K2,P2,K2,P2,K2
Row 2- P2,K2,P2,K2,P2
then, add four more stiches each side as follows –
Cast on 18 stiches
Row 1 to Row 4 – Knit
Row 5- K4,K2,P2,K2,P2,K2,K4
Row 6- K4,P2,K2,P2,K2,P2,K4
End the project knitting more 4 rows as we started it, making it a four side border. if you want a two side border, then dont knit the first four and the last four rows. Simply start with your pattern but with adding four stiches at the start and end of a row {like – Row 1- K4,K2,P2,K2,P2,K2,K4; Row 2- K4,P2,K2,P2,K2,P2,K4}

I shall be posting my free patterns too inshallah. Anyone has any doubt or wanna contact me, leave me a comment(along with your email id), And i shall write to you as soon as i can. Till then Happy knitting…. 🙂



10 Responses to "Knits and Purls"

Have you read The Friday Night Knitting Club? It’s a good book and the pic you used here reminds me of the cover 😀

hey, it’s been such a long time since i last picked up my knitting needles. i often think i should, but can’t be bothered right then. some day, though. right?

Aint knitting a boring hobby?

Salam sis

I read that u hate all politicians…then please watch this video I know u will enjoy



This is one thing I dont like at all 🙂

Liya … Nope, I havent. But i am trying to get hold of that book dearly … 🙂

Mona … Ofcourse, I too enjoy knitting till i can. Once i get busy with my university inshallah, then its gonna be Good-bye knitting …. 😉

Lubbu … No ! It isnt …:-D

Sherezade … I do hate politicians, but how do you know that ?

Fatima … You dont ? Did you ever try, or just feel that you wouldnt like it ??

Havent tried it actually , only learnt the basics in school, which I hv already forgotten. 🙂

Oh wow … I’ve so many knitting patterns saved with me … sigh I dont know how to knit and my mom was a knitting specialist 🙂

Do u read all these books in ur side bar 😛 I mean girl, wow the speed is marvelous 🙂

Fatima … Oh! But you can always try and decide whether you like it or not, Right ?

A s m a … Yes, I do every book shown in the side-bar. Dint i say I was a FAST reader … 😉
Err … Asma, Can you please share those knitting patterns with me, Please ?????? I would really appreciate that.
Thanks in advance… 🙂

Wow! I just picked up my knitting pins last tuesday and havent put it down since. After I learnt how to knit more than ten years ago I put it away thinking it was for old women. I must be an old woman now, lol. It’s therapeutic for me.

Although I’ve always hated reading manuals, so what I’m trying now is to create my own patterns by learning the basics, or just playing around wiht my yarn. It’s fun! Just finished a scarf, working on the next project…. *giggles* I haven’t used that word since I left school, lol…

Anyway, it’s good to know you’re a knitter too, maybe I’ll learn a few tricks from you, 🙂

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