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      Introduction To Knitting

      What is 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 Double Knitting Silk yarn (DK) 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 Double Knitting yarn (DK) is the perfect yarn for knitting or crocheting 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 Eri Silk yarn which is a worsted weight yarn is a great yarn for knitting 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 scarves.

      Take your knitting needles today and start to create beautiful knitting designs with our free knitting patterns by clicking here!

      Click here to check out Customer Projects Creations from our products!

      Benefits

      • Knitting lowered blood pressure
      • Knitting reduced depression and anxiety
      • Knitting slowed the onset of dementia
      • Knitting helps Distraction from chronic pain
      • Knitting Increased sense of wellbeing
      • Knitting helps to Reduced loneliness and isolation

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