There are just some things that are handy to know when you are a knitter. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite knitting tips and references to share with you today.
Knitting with Two Strands Held Together
The benefit: this allows you to make up the weight you need in the color you need, or lets you use two different colors for a heathered look, or two different types of yarn for a more textured look.
2 strands lace = fingering weight
1 strand each of lace + fingering = sport weight
2 strands fingering = DK weight
2 strands sport = worsted weight
2 strands DK = bulky weight
2 strands worsted = super bulky weight
What do the numbers mean in knitting?
Size 0 = Lace Weight
Size 1 = Superfine (sock or fingering weight)
Size 2 = Fine (sport or baby weight)
Size 3 =- Light (DK weight)
Size 4 = Medium (worsted, afghan or aran weight)
Size 5 = Bulky (chunky weight)
Size 6 = Super Bulky (roving)
Size 7 = Jumbo (bigger roving)
How big do I make my afghan/blanket?
Lovey = 12″ x 12″
Baby/Stroller Blanket = 30″ x 35″
Receiving Blanket = 40″ x 40″
Toddler Blanket = 40″ x 60″
Lap Blanket = 36″ x 48″
Throw Blanket = 48″ x 60″
Twin Bed Blanket = 70″ x 90″
Full Bed Blanket = 85″ x 90″
Queen Bed Blanket = 90 x 95
King Bed Blanket = 108 x 95
What length circular needle should I use?
(shared from Cascade’s Facebook page)
How do I adjust needle size to get gauge?
Larger needles make larger stitches. Smaller needles make smaller stitches.
If your pattern calls for a gauge of 7 stitches per inch and you are getting 8 stitches per inch, you need your stitches to be bigger. Try going up a needle size.
If your pattern calls for a gauge of 7 stitches per inch and you are getting 6 stitches per inch, you need your stitches to be smaller. Try going down a needle size.
How much yarn do I need for my project?
Of course yardage will vary greatly depending on the size you are making. But these estimates will give you a guideline if you see yarn in the shop that you must have, even if you haven’t picked out a pattern yet! (We all know how that goes.)
Need info on cast ons, bind offs, and other techniques? Check out our videos (always available from the YouTube link at the bottom of our homepage.)
Do you have any other knitting tips or information that you find yourself looking up often? Share in the comments!
Happy knitting and happy weekend to you –