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Introduction To Knitting

Knitting is another young craft like crochet and is believed to have originated in the Middle East. The word ‘knit’ is thought to have derived from ‘knot’ from Dutch ‘knutten’. Knitting is basically creating stitches or loops in a row that are either flat or round. Unlike crochet where the stitch is completed before the next one begins knitting has many stitches open at a time. It is important that these open or active stitches are held so that it does not unravel.

Knitting can be done by using knitting needles, bare hands, knitting machines or rigid frames called knitting loom. The most common tool used is the knitting needle. These needles are of three types and are made from plastic, aluminum, steel, wood, or even bamboo. 

The first type is long and straight with one pointed end and a stopper or knob at the other. The purpose of the knob is to prevent the stitches from sliding off since the stitches are open. The second type is pointed at both ends, giving the ability to use either end, and is usually used for socks or sleeves or any circular shape. The third type is another double-pointed needle with one end joined by a flexible nylon cord connecting another double-pointed needle.

Different Knitting Styles

Interestingly knitting is an action of forming proportionate loops one row after another that gives it its elasticity. The most recent row of loops are open but close the previous loop and this structure goes on till the project is finished.

Here is a list of some of the different types of knitting stitches used.

  • Knit and purl stitches (a.k.a. Slip stitch)
  • Right and left plaited stitches
  • Elongated stitch
  • Yarn over
  • Dip stitch

How to select a knitting yarn?

Just like in crochet the thickness of the yarn plays an important role in the outcome of a project. It is also the determining factor to know the tension (UK) and gauge (US) for a given area of a pattern. Having this information will also help to decide what needle size to use. If the pattern asks for thick yarn, then the needle needs to be thick, but thick and thin needles can be used for thin yarn.

The standard categories that yarn usually falls under are superfine, fine, light, medium, bulky, and super bulky, and the thickness is measured by the number of wraps per inch (WPI).

Selecting the right yarn for a project is essential as factors like the ability to trap air, elasticity, its durability after being washed, the feel on the skin, and look are important for knitters. For dyed yarns it is the colorfastness and whether it’s chemically or natural dyed.

How to determine yarn weight?

Yarn weight is determined by the following gauges.

Yarn Weight Symbol

Category Name

Type of Yarns in Category

1


Super Fine

Sock
Fingering
Baby

2

Fine

Sport
Baby

3

Light

DK
Light Worsted

4


Medium

Worsted
Afghan
Aran

5


Bulky

Chunky
Craft
Rug

6

Super Bulky

Bulky
Roving

 

About Muezart Knitting Yarn

Our DK ply yarn is spun directly from our Eri silk cocoon sheets. It's soft, delicate on the skin, pleasing to look at, just a winner all around, from texture to beauty, and sustainably sourced from our artisans.

Our DK yarn is perfect for knitting or crochet lightweight sweaters, tops, scarfs, baby clothing, or even bags. Great yarn for beginners. Incredibly soft, lightweight and the overall texture is a bonus. 

Our 3/3 yarn is great for knitting products like baby blankets, a warm cozy shawl, and beanies. From its roots to its soft silky texture, you will love everything about using these yarns to knit beautiful art pieces.

Our Handspun Fingering 2 ply yarn is a special yarn that is hand-processed in the village. It is spun by Kong Molina, plied by Rida. This yarn is being spun directly from our cocoon cakes with a drop spindle making the yarn look rustic and soft but still maintained the natural matte sheen of the silk.

This yarn is lightweight, super soft, and makes a classic hand-knitting yarn. Our handspun Fingering yarn will make a beautifully knit sweater for any age, a shawl, socks, beanies, and scarfs. 

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