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KNIT OR PURL? I’m in the middle of a row of 1 x 1 rib and I keep forgetting whether I should be knitting or purling... my rib keeps turning into moss stitch. Help! I’ve undone my knitting so many times I’m getting frustrated. Vanessa Stubbs, Duxford Aneeta says: This happens. All it takes is a momentary lapse of concentration. Look at the stitches you have already worked on your right-hand needle. The knit stitches look like little Vs and the purl stitches look like horizontal lines. Once you learn to recognise your stitches you’ll find working stitch patterns much easier. LOOM PATTERNS One of the ladies at my knitting group knits with a loom as she has arthritis and finds it easier. I have the same problem and the lady has offffffered to lend me a loom to practise on. Can you tell me where I can find some simple patterns? Peggy Burns, Shirley. Jo says: There are lots of free tutorials on YouTube and masses of free patterns atwww.lionbrand.com. The best project to start with would be a scarf – even if the loom is
SEPTEMBER 2015 A talented young designer who loves to create modern homeware using superchunky yarn circular it’s easy to make a rectangle by working backwards and forwards. If you would like a book, ABeginner’s GuidetoKnittingona Loom does just what it says on the cover! It has more than 30 patterns to choose from and easy instructions on how to make the projects, which include socks, hats, shawlss, scarves and jumpers. To buy the book for £7.99 go to amazon.co.ukwhere you can have a look inside before you buy!
BANISH STATIC! Is there a way to get rid of static in my handknits? It’s putting me offffffff knitting! Denise Cleeves, Winchester. Jo says: Static will be drastically reduced if you can dry knits on the line or on a clothes dryer rather than putting them in the dryer. If this isn’t possible, make sure you use fabric conditioner in the final rinse and use a tumble dryer sheet in the dryer. Always separate garments by type – just wool or just acrylic and use a dryer ball – as this keeps the knits from sticking together; but, if you still have trouble after taking your garment out of the tumble dryer, rub the clothes with a tumble dryer sheet. If all else fails try using Flatter from Soak Wash Inc. ANEETA PATEL Jo is a professional knitting teacher, successful author and has been knitting since she was 5! Sponsored by Artesano Yarns
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CURLY CABLES I love knitting using cables but I’m finding it hard to knit a cabled scarf as all the stitch patterns I find end up curling up. Why is this and how can I knit a flat cabled scarf? Carly Watts, Cambridge Aneeta says: Cable knitted patterns are traditionally knitted on a reverse stocking stitch background. This is when the purl is the right side and the knit is the wrong side. This means that the cables that are knitted in regular stocking stitch show up clearly on the right side of your knitting. However as the base stitch is stocking stitch, it does mean that the knitted fabric will curl up rather
Loom knitting is a great way to knit if you have arthritis
JOANNA BENNER Jo is our technical editor – no knitting niggle or crochet conundrum is too tricky for her