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Mini-Knitting Lesson One
MINI KNITTING LESSON....OR HOW NOT TO HOLD NEEDLES WHEN YOU WANT YOUR PATTERN STITCHES TO APPEAR ON THE *OUTSIDE* OF YOUR SOCK
This series of photos was taken by Linda to show a beginner knitter (me) how *not* to knit inside out. The ribbing always looked okay but when I got to the stockinette part of the sock, the sock formed with the smooth knit side on the inside.
Knitting Inside Out
These two photos show the position our beginner knitter's needles were in. She was knitting into the center of the sock, so to speak. When she was holding the needles in knitting position, the sock was in "front" of the working needles.
Knitting Right Side Out
These two photos show the position the needles are usually in when knitting a sock in the round. Note the sock is "behind" the needles, in other words the knitter is knitting into the part of the sock closest to her.
This photo shows how easy it is to correct the problem should you suddenly realize you're knitting "inside out." No ripping necessary, merely push the knitted end of the sock through the center, just as if you were turning a finished sock right side out, then rearrange the needles as in the "knitting right side out" photos above.
This may seem obvious to all the experienced knitters out there, but for those of us just starting the adventure of knitting in the round, this is exactly the kind of situation that can quickly drive us over the edge.
There are times, of course, when knitting inside out is preferable--for instance when knitting two color work and the yarn is pulling too tightly. Some say that knitting inside out will often eliminate the problem of ladders but I have no first hand experience it will help with this problem. Most importantly, always knit the way that is most comfortable for you.
MINI KNITTING LESSON ON CLOSING TOES... OR KITCHENER STITCHING with LINDA
To prepare for the process of Kitchener stitching your toes, first draw the yarn through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl (as shown in the left photo) and leave it on the needle. Then draw the yarn through the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit (as shown in the right photo) and leave it on the needle. This is only done one time and now you proceed to step one below.
Draw the yarn through the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, and slip it off the needle.
Draw the yarn through the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl and leave it on the needle.
Draw the yarn through the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, and slip it off the needle.
Draw the yarn through the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, and leave it on the needle. Repeat steps one through four until all the stitches are off both needles.
This is a close up of a newly Kitchenered toe. Notice it's impossible to tell the row of Kitchener stitching from all the other rows of knitting.
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