stitches

Stitches are also explained live, close up and in detail on Video and DVD
 
 
Basic Stockinette Stitch     
Start with yarn up around 1st needle to lower 2nd needle.
 
Continue wrapping every other needle until desired number of stitches are covered. As you turn board around, bring yarn straight across board, and continue every other, covering needles not covered. 
 

                                                                                                                                               

 
 

 

Ribbing Stitch

Start with yarn up around 1st needle to lower 3rd needle.
 
Continue wrapping every other needle till desired number of stitches are covered. This is done like stockinette, but it's at an angle.  Last (2) needles will be wrapped consecutively.
 
 Turn board around, and bring yarn straight across the board; Continue every other, covering needles not covered. Be sure to wrap the last needle that is directly across from the very first needle. 

 

  

Open Ribbing Stitch

This is beautiful stitch, similar to ribbing, but gives different appearance on each side. One side is regular rib and the other is very chunky.  It's nice for accents.
 
When all stitches are hooked over or Cast On, use knit hook to lift loop (1) and place onto needle (2). 
 
Lift loop (3) and place on needle (4). 
 
Lift loop (5) and place on needle (6).   Do this across board on one side only.  You will then have (2) loops on every other needle on one board and (1) loop on every needle on opposite board.  
 
Continue with rib stitch weave, always putting yarn over the needles with the other (2) loops.
 
Once you have gone around the board, one side will have (2) loops on each needle, and the other will have (4) loops on every other needle and 0 loops on the needles between. 
 
Hook your stitches, (1) over (1), and (2) over (2).  Never cover the bare needles; continue this weave pattern for the entire portion to be knit in Open Ribbing.
 
 

 
Cable Stitch Design
On the knitting board, we make lots of variations to the cable. You can make your knit reversible simply by doing the cable on just one board and allowing the other side to be smooth knit. The cables can be combined with stockinette or ribbing. 
 
After stitches are Cast On, slip (2 or 3) loops onto a stitch holder, knit hook, or crochet hook. 
 
Lift the next (2 or 3) loops onto another hook. Example: One one side of board, lift loops (3) and (4) with hook taking them off board. 
 
Lift loops (5) and (6) onto another hook. 
 
Place the loops (3) and (4) onto needles (5) and (6).  Place loops (5) and (6) onto needles (3) and (4). 
 
Now weave over the all needles for the 2nd loop. 
 
Hook over all stitches on both boards.  Usually there are (2 or 3) rows of knitting between the twist rows.  Be aware of which stitches are placed on the board first.  Some patterns call for you to twist with (3 and 4) in front of (5 and 6) and others vary.  If you are working with ribbing, you may have 2 sets of twisted ribs (a rib is 2 sts).  That gives you the ability to snake the ribs into the cables which is very pretty.  Consult your pattern.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Zig-Zag Stitch
This is a great border stitch. Start by wrapping yarn up around needles 1,2,3, back to front, consecutively.
 
From needle (3), return yarn back to needle (1) on opposite board creating an angle. Then continue weaving yarn around all needles, back to front, consecutively till all have been wrapped. This will all be at an angle. 
 
At end of row, with last (3) needles, you will need to wrap consecutively, overlapping sts on one board just as you did at beginning. Hook all sts over.
 
At the ends of the board, when there are (3) loops due to overlapping, follow this rule: When it's a thick side (overlapped), leave it thick.(this means to lift (1) over (2)). If it's a thin side and was not overlapped, leave it thin.Lift (2) over (1).  
Each row will be alternating angle from the last. This takes a little practice, and is explained visually on Stitches video or DVD Basics II Plus.
 
Exception to this rule is your first row.  The first row will not have the (3) wraps, so just lift (1) over (1).  After the next row of weaving, you will have the (3) loops and can proceed with the 'thick and thin' rule. This exception is not covered on DVD.
 

 

 

  

Criss Cross Stitch

This is sometimes referred to as the ‘popcorn’ stitch. It has a great look, almost like waffles. It is done in (2) stitch patterns. You just keep alternating them. Always start with even amount of cast on sts. Do at least one row of regular stockinette.

 
With yarn coming from lower 1st needle, cross over to top 3rd needle and wrap around. Go to lower 2nd needle to the top 5th needle. Then continue row wrapping every other needle. You will be working at an angle.
 
When you get to end of row, wrap last top needle, bring down to lower last needle, turn board around. Come down to lower 3rd, up to 2nd, and continue till all sts are covered. Hook over.

 

With yarn coming from lower 1st needle, cross over to top 4th needle and wrap around. Go to lower 3rd needle. Continue row wrapping every other. You will be working at a greater angle.
 
When you get to end of row bring yarn straight across, and turn board around. Wrap top 1st needle, lower 2nd, top 2nd, lower 4th, top 3rd, and continue to end. At end, you’ll be covering last two consecutively. Be sure all needles now have (2) wraps.
 
Hook over. Repeat row (1 & 2) for the crisscross pattern. Pretty stitch, don’t you think?
HINT: Just remember, start at 3rd, go to 2nd. Then start at 4th, go to 3rd. Weave every other, and cover all needles. You can’t go wrong.