History of Knitting
What Yarn Should I Use?
Buy the best yarn you can afford. The better the material you use, the better your end product will be. And it will make the process of knitting more pleasurable. For example, cheap acrylic yarn feels like plastic, which is no fun to knit. It doesn’t block or keep its shape. It is itchy. You are going to end up spending a long time knitting something that won’t look good and you won’t want to wear. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, there are high-quality, less-expensive options that will give you better results. For example, look at KnitPicks, Lion Brand’s LB Collection or Fisherman’s Wool, Patons Classic Wool Yarn, or Cascade.
Consider using wool. Wool is:
- Breathable, regulates body temperature,
- Water-resistant and dries quickly
- Resistant to rot, mold and mildew
- Sustainable, renewable, bio-degradable
- Easy to clean and needs very little washing or laundry
- Flame retardant
- Naturally anti-allergenic
Where Can I Buy Yarn?
- Look for your local yarn store (LYS). In Atlanta, NeedleNook (http://www.needlenookatlanta.com/) - the only in-town yarn store currently.
- Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics – Craft stores often have yarn, but it takes some hunting to find good stuff. I like Patons Classic Wool Yarn or Lionbrand Fisherman's Wool. Look for 100% wool.
- KnitPicks.com - reliably good both for yarn, tools, and books and rather affordable
- lionbrand.com - LB Collection or Fisherman’s Wool
- www.jimmybeanswool.com - has everything. Cascade brand is a good, affordable option
What's a Swatch and How Do I Make One?
Making a swatch means knitting a small sample piece of fabric to see what the fabric you are about to make will look like before investing the time, energy, and yarn in the actual project. Knit a big enough swatch to see how the fabric will behave, what the gauge of your knitting is, what the colors you are using will look like together, etc.
Check for Gauge
· Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows a knitter makes per inch using a certain yarn and needles.
· Bigger needles or yarn gives you a smaller number of stitches per inch. Smaller needles or yarn gives you more stitches per inch.
· Gauge varies from person to person, so it is very important to make sure you are achieving the gauge of your pattern.
· Your gauge determines the size of your finished piece. If you don't get the proper gauge, the garment will not come out to the intended size.
· To see if your gauge is the same as what is called for in the pattern, cast on the number of stitches and knit the number of rows the pattern says should equal 4 inches.
Who the heck is the Yarn Harlot?
· Only the most famous knitter ever... http://www.yarnharlot.ca/
What is Ravelry?
· Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.