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Baby blanket beginner!! 
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Understanding A Pattern Instruction - C2K or C2B 
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What is insert needle under next horizontal loop of row below and knit? 
Hi I hope you can help please as I just don't understand how to do the following from the knitting pattern I have. It reads as follows: K1, insert …

How do I know what the next stitch I do after cast off in shoulder shape 
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I don't understand the scarf instructions 
I am knitting a scarf. I was told to cast on 16 stitches and then knit 6 rows of garter stitch. Now they say to K1 *wrap yarn around needle twice, …

CASTING ON ADDITIONAL STITCHES TO MAKE SLEEVES 
Question :How do I cast on more stitches at the beginning of the next two row to make the sleeves? ___________________________________________ …

Stitch Question - Knitting Pattern 
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Need Help Explining Yf (yarn forward), Knit 4 
I have one of your free scarf patterns (thank you for providing so many knitting patterns for beginners like me, BTW) and there is a pattern with 2 alternating …

Circular Needles - How to figure out needle size. 
I have been given these circular needles. They were not into any packing that stated size or length. So, Is there anyway I can figure it out. Hi Kathie, …

Chair Sock Pattern - Looking for a chair sock pattern for protecting my floor.  
Hi, I have seen in the past knitted booty that fit the foot of the chair so that they don't scratch the floors. Do you have any idea how to go about this. …

How to Read Knitting Pattern - Starting A New Knitting Project  
I have made more scarfs than I can count. I want to work on something else (preferably a duster style coat), but I have no clue on how to read the pattern. …

6 X 6 rib - the first knit stitch is always really loose - help please! 
When knitting a 6 x 6 rib the 1st knit stitch is always really loose - has anyone any ideas how to solve this please?

Please Help! Want To Know How to Knit Frock or Sweater. 
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Substitute 2 Strands of #4 Yarn For #5 Yarn Not rated yet
Question If I use 2 strands of a #4 yarn will it be the same as using a #5 yarn? Answer Hi Jeri, No it won't be the same. It will be …

what is an "edge stitch"? Not rated yet
Question Working on a moss stitch border, the pattern says to do an edge stitch beginning and ending each row. Not sure what that is/:- Answer …

dropped stitches Not rated yet
Question What is the method to pickup dropped stitches on a garter pattern? I keep getting stockinette pattern on back side and the garter rows are …

How do I knit this row? Not rated yet
Question 1st row is all purl. 61 stitches 2nd row reads as follows K3, * k2 tog, yo, k1,yo, ssk, k5 * repeat from* k last 3 st Answer Dear …

finishing neck edge picking up stitches and knitting Not rated yet
Question I am new at this. It says pick up and knit 11 stitches on left shoulder (which I have learned through books and videos how to pick them …

Not enough stitches Not rated yet
Question I am working on a new pattern and never seem to have enough loops on my needle to finish a row. I have cast on 38 stitches as the pattern …

Cluster 2tog made Not rated yet
Question I understand that knitting 2 stitches together is 2tog but how does cluster work with 2tog stitch? Thank you so much! Answer …

(k1. P1. K1.) in next st Not rated yet
Question How do I increase 24 stitches to 72 stitches total in a row using "(k1.p1.k1)in next st"? Every time I tried to follow the instructions …

Question on my knitting pattern Not rated yet
Question Right Front Work the 5 buttonband sts, including a buttonhole, in the first row as follows: Buttonhole Row: Row 1(See below-the Aran …

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Substitute Size US #10 Needle For Size #11 US Not rated yet
Question I am working on a pattern that calls for 44 stitches on a size 11 US needles. I am using a size US 10 for the pattern. How many stitches …

How to add ruffle to Glam Girl Ruffle skirt. Not rated yet
Question I bought this pattern but my husband deleted after copying for me. In the information section it refers to a web site to see example of …

Knitting as it appears  Not rated yet
Question My pattern says to knit the stitches as they appear. So in stockinette the m1 looks like a knit stitch on the purl side. Do I knit it or …

Drop A stitch Not rated yet
Question How do I fix a dropped stitch? Answer You can fix a dropped stitch by using a drop stitch tool (looks like crochet hook but has …

Is Yf (yarn forward) a form of increase knitting ? Not rated yet
Question I was just reading a pattern that states: Increase Row, change to the longer needles *yf, k1; Repeat from * to the end. Is Yf a form of …

How to increase at the end of a row when doing the seed (moss) stitch. Not rated yet
Question Hi, I'm trying to make some booties and the pattern uses the seed stitch. The problem I'm having is how to increase at the end of a row and …

How To Design A Knitted Hat Not rated yet
Question I'm an alright knitter but i want to be able to design a hat from beginning to end. That means any math.....which i do not have a clue about …

Extra Yarn - Louisa Harding Yarn Not rated yet
Question I have two hanks of Louisa Harding Yarn - 128 yards each. They are 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, and 20% Silk. What should I do with it? …

circular needle knitting Not rated yet
Question When you are knitting in the round where is the right side and the wrong side? Answer When knitting in rounds using circular knitting …

What is "yrn" ? Not rated yet
Question What is yrn? Answer Hi Carol, "Yrn" refers to "yarn round needle or "yarn around needle". We do yrn by wrapping yarn around …

joining live stitches from 2 needles Not rated yet
Question I need to join the shoulder straps of a knitted dress. How can I do this without binding off and then sewing them together? Just to be clear …

How do I start this first stitch? Not rated yet
Question How do I start *yarn over, slip 1, knit 1* repeat from* until last one? Answer Bring yarn to the front of work, slip 1 stitch, …

Problem With Curled (Rolled) Edges Not rated yet
Question How do I stop the long edges of my scarf from curling? ------------------- Answer Blocking is a way to make your knitting look …

How to read pattern k4. (k2tog)twice Not rated yet
Question I knitted 4 stitches, then knit 2 stitches together, then knit 2 stitches together, it didn't turn out right. Should I have just knit …

How To Pick Up Bands On A Sweater Not rated yet
Question The pattern says to pick up 3 stitches/4 rows along. I do not understand. Answer I'm assuming you are making front bands. From …

Trying to knit socks Not rated yet
Question I would like to be able to knit socks. I started with 4 needles and got to the heel and got so mixed up I just didn't know what I was doing …

In which rows am I increasing? Not rated yet
Question Pattern says:"Inc 1 st each side every RS row 1 time, every 4th row 3 times, every 6th row 2 times, then every 4th row 1 time". I start with …

What is gauge for head hugger pattern #6? Not rated yet
Question What is the gauge for head hugger pattern #6? Instructions say only cast on 100 stitches using size 7 needle; thanks for the help. …

Problem With Rolled Edges Not rated yet
Question I just finished my first scarf and the edges are rolled under and will not lay flat. What am I doing wrong? Answer Hi Katie, …

Pattern For 28 Stitches Hat In Short Rows Not rated yet
Question : I started to knit a hat a few years ago. I've since found this hat but to no avail can I understand the directions. It's something about …

What are Texture stitches? Not rated yet
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knitting with double point needles Not rated yet
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How to read the pattern Not rated yet
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Glam Girl Ruffle Skirt - customising length and waist. Not rated yet
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Size 10.5 needle rather than 11 needle Not rated yet
Would it make much of a difference in the finished article if I used a 10.5 circular needle instead of the 11 circular needle called for in the pattern? …

Confused about a set up row for a baby blanket Not rated yet
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Shaping sleeve top Not rated yet
Sart with 54 sts dec one st at each end of next and 7 foll 4th row(38sts).does this mean that I am doing the deceases on every 4th row seven times? …

How do I pick up sts and knit along left front edge of sweater? Not rated yet
Question: I have 140 sts along the front neck edge and down the front edge of cardigan sweater. My pattern says: "With RS facing, using straight needles, …

Frogging Seed Stitch Not rated yet
Question: I am working Double Seed Stitch and have worked a decrease for a neckline in the sweater. Need to frog back about a dozen rows. Is there …

How do I purl ? Not rated yet
Question How do I purl? by Judi ---------------- Answer Hi Judi, Thank you for the question. One can creates a purl stitch by; …

How To Do Four Stitch Decrease Not rated yet
Question : Please tell me how to do a four stitch decrease. The pattern I have is in error. I have never had to do four stitches, and would appreciate …

Learning Lace - How to pass the 2nd throught 5th over the first Not rated yet
Question :I have an instruction that says "K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 into 1 st. Pass 2nd through 5th sts over first; you may find it helpful to pass one st over …

How do you use circular needles? Not rated yet
Question : I'm not a beginner but for some reason using circular needles intimidate me. What's the trick? ________________________________ Answer …

Help on knitting sleeves Not rated yet
Hello. The instructions asks me to to "Inc 1 st at end of next row and following alt rows to 44 sts, then every following 4th row until there are 54 sts." …

yarn over between a knit and a purl stitches Not rated yet
Question : How do you do a yarn over between a knit st and pearl stitch? Answer : After completing the knit stitch, bring the yarn to the front …

What does row n + 1 and row n + 2 mean? Not rated yet
Question : I'm knitting a child sweater and got to the sleeve increase part and the row starts out, row n + 1, next row, row n + 2. I don't have a clue …

Fingerless Mittens - Need Help Reading A Pattern Not rated yet
Question I am trying to knit fingerless mitts from a pattern I got on the net. I am stuck on row 13. I am writing the last 3 rounds in the hopes that …

Problem with Half Fisherman's Stitch (Rib) Not rated yet
Question : I'm new to this stitch, and trying the pattern at http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/downloads/FPA4.pdf. My problem is that one side of …

How do I work Bind off 4 stitches at beginning of the next 6 rows?  Not rated yet
Question : How do I work BO 4 sts at beginning of the next 6 rows? That means decreasing a total of 24 stitches. Answer : Hi Barb, Thanks for …

How to do garter stitch and chain stitch edges. Not rated yet
Question : How do I make garter stitch and chain edges? Answer : Are these edges refer to one of my skirt? I did both garter and chain st edges on …

Need Help With Knitting Pattern Not rated yet
Question : I have tried several times; but, I do not understand this pattern - can you help. It reads like this... SL1 wyif, k1, skip, knit to marker, …

What is the difference between a yarn over and a yarn around needle? Not rated yet
Question - What is the difference between a yarn over and a yarn around needle ? Thanks, M. Answer Hi M, Yarn over (YO)is when yarn …

circular knitting when item starts getting very narrow Not rated yet
Question : I am in the process of trying to teach myself how to knit but I can't find the answer to this problem: when I am knitting a long stocking cap …

How To P1-YO-P1 Into The Same YO st of Previous Row - Lacey Knitting Pattern Question Not rated yet
Question Row one: k1,yo,* k5 loosely,(lhn tip, pull 2nd st. from tip of rhn over the 1st on rhn and off the needle) four times, yo: rep from *.... …

Increase Knitting - Make 1 right and make one left stitch Not rated yet
Question : How do you Make 1 Right and Make 1 Left stitch? Answer Hi Denise, Thank you for sending me your question. To make 1 right (M1R) …

The directions say to join and place marker. What does join mean? Not rated yet
Question: I'm using two colors of yarn however I do not read where I will cast on the other yarn. Should it not say to cast on the other color or is …

How do I increase in a rib pattern? Not rated yet
Question: The directions are k1,p1 into next stitch. does this mean k1 then p1 and without slipping the stitch to the right needle then bring …

yrn and yo in the same pattern Not rated yet
Question: How do you do a yrn and a yo? Both called for in the neck warmer I am knitting. _________________________________ Answer: Hi Viddie, …

Wrapping Technique When Turning At The End Of A Row Not rated yet
Question: Rustic Potato Chip scarf. What is the wrapping technique you mention to keep stitches together when turning. _________________________________________ …

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How to K1,P1,K1 into the next stitch Not rated yet
Question: How to do this stitch? - (K1, P1, K1) into next stitch. ________________________________________________ Hi Valerie, Thanks for …

What is Double Knit Weight (DK) yarn? Not rated yet
Question: What size yarn is double knit yarn? Is it like size 1 or 2 ,etc,? I am confused and I have a pattern that says to use double knit size yarn. …

How To Follow A Pattern - Cardigan Sleeve Increse Stitch While Ribbing Not rated yet
Question : Hi I'm knitting a baby cardigan, I have managed to knit the back and front right and front left. I am now working on the sleeves. I know …

Need help finding patter - a frilly border baby cardigan for girl Not rated yet
Question : I have seen this but can't remember where. It's a frilly bottom border for a baby girl cardigan. I'm hoping you can help me search. …

Increase Knitting - How do I increase a sleeve? Not rated yet
When knitting a sleeve and the pattern says increase both ends in row 19-39 should I increase only on the knit rows? The pattern doesn't specify and I've …

Five-Stitches Increase Knitting - How To k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 In The Same Stitch Not rated yet
I am having a real problem with this pattern. It is k1, p1,(twice) k1 all in same stitch. I just can't seem to make it work. ---------------------------------------- …

How To Make The First Slip Stitch Look Nice And Neat Not rated yet
Question: How to slip the first stitch of a row and keep them looking neat every time I do this they come out to loose and messy looking. …

Completed gorgeous Afghan Needs To Be Longer Not rated yet
Completed gorgeous afghan needs to be longer....SO I TOOK THE WRONG END OFF!!!!!!Anyway that can be put back? or does the afghan have to be ripped apart …

purling into back of stitch Not rated yet
i am knitting an Aran jumper, i need to purl into back of 2nd stitch on needle after i have knitted the 1st stitch on the needle, i have managed to work …

Question on the short skirt pattern (Baby Mia Double Eyelet Rib) Not rated yet
Hi, I'm having a hard time with the double eyelet rib pattern. I'm on Row 4 of the pattern and I keep coming up with one stitch extra. I've counted …

How To Make A Slip Stitch Knitwise And Purlwise Not rated yet
How do I slip a stitch? Answer A slip stitch is a stitch that you slip on to a working needle without having to knit or purl. You do this by …

Confusing Knitting Pattern!! ("Make 1" stitches...) Not rated yet
I am a moderately new knitter, and am confused by part of the following instructions (shown in CAPITALS) in this pattern I am trying to do... Row 2: …

Knitting Help - End Stitch Won't Rip Out Not rated yet
Trying to correct a mistake and my end stitch is messed up. I can't pull out the next row. Dose anyone know what I did and how to fix it? D. …

Increase Kintting: How to knit 1 purl 1 in the same stitch Not rated yet
It has been a while since I've knit this pattern but can't remember how to knit 1 purl 1 in same stitch. Can you explain? Thanks Answer Hi knitter, …

How can "Yarn forward or YF" increase a stitch? Not rated yet
Hello! On your skirt patterns for the increase rows it says "yf". I understand this means "yarn forward", to bring the yarn forward between the needles. …

Leaving A Stitch Unworked - Shrug Knitting Pattern Not rated yet
I am making a encircle shrug. The pattern says to knit so many stitches on a circular needle turn and leaving 1 stitch unworked. What do I do with that …

How To Increase Stitches - Knitting Pattern Help Not rated yet
I'm knitting a table cloth. The pattern asked to make yo, k2. The last row I did was 48 stitches and I need to get to 72 sts. How do I do that with …

Moving Marker In Circular Knitting - Spiral Pattern Not rated yet
my spiral pattern says "move marker one stitch to the left after the 13th row". I don't understand this..if the marker is moved over one stitch, what do …

Help with knitting pattern Not rated yet
Hi, I have a pattern and I can't read the below instruction: P1(3,7,4,0,4),{P2tog,P3(3,2,2,2,2)}11(11,13,15,17,17)times,P1(1,4,3,3,1).46(48,50,52,54,56)sts. …

How to knit in front and back of stitch Not rated yet
I don't know how to knit in front and back of stitch. I think I understand the concept but need help to get started. Answer Hi Deb, Thanks for …

Knitting Term and abbreviation - What is "slipw"? Not rated yet
Knitting term help. What does "slipw" mean? Answer I've never seen this knitting term before in my entire knitting life. I think it's possible …

Does my pattern have to be symmetrical to be reversible scarf? Not rated yet
I am making a reversible scarf and I was wondering if the pattern had to be symmetrical in order for it to be right on both sides? Answer Hi Alli, …

How to pick up stitches and knit socks' gussets Not rated yet
I'm knitting socks for the first time. I successfully joined the round together, and knitted the heel flap. Now I'm about to start the gusset and I'm stuck. …

How do I end a piece?
Is it casting off?
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Can you explain to me how to end a piece of knitting??? I have knitted enough rows, so it's finished now. How do I end it? Thanks, Emer. Answer …

What is yarn forward? Not rated yet
What is yarn forward? answer Yarn forward (yf) is when you bring the working yarn from the back of your work into the front of your work without …

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Need help explaining pattern Not rated yet
Hi Ratcha, Not sure I understand your explanation for this Decrease 1 stitch at each end inside border of 6 stitches as before on next row and …

Need more information on knitting pattern Not rated yet
Hi, I'm French and I have an English pattern. I'm not sure how to do what is written, can you please explain more clearly what I have to do? Cast …

Yarn Forward (yf) Not rated yet
How do you bring a stitch forward and then what do you do with it? Answer Yarn forward (yf) or Yarn over simply means bringing working yarn toward …

How much wool (yarn) do I need to knit an Aran sweater? Not rated yet
I have an Aran pattern but it does not tell me how much wool is required. As it is an old. Pattern and that piece is missing how can I work out how much …

Knitting Help - Need help with picking up stitches Not rated yet
My pattern I'm working says I'm to Join the pieces A, B, C. I think that means to stitch them together. It then tells me to pick up and knit 73 sts. …

How to add a hood to an exiting sweater pattern Not rated yet
I need to add a hood to a ladies jumper that does not have a hood in the pattern, can you please advise as to wether I should do a rib around the neck …

How to Make an M1 Stitch In Knitting Not rated yet
My question is: The pattern I have states to cast on 3 stitches with fun fur. The first row states to K1, M1..How do I make an M1 stitch on a cast …

Knitting Abbreviation - What's "yon" mean? Not rated yet
Hi just came across your cascading leaves pattern and I think its gorgeous. I'm a beginner and trying to do different patterns now. I think I could manage …

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