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  • Learning the Language: Getting Started with Knitting Lingo

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    As a new knitter I remember being confused not only by patterns, but by trying to read through online forums where more experienced knitters were chatting. Had I "spoken" up I'm sure I would have received guidance, however, I was too shy for that and silently tried to interpret the lingo they were slinging around.

    Something that particularly confused me was "BO," as in "What type of BO are you using?" Body odor? What? Prior to knitting, dealing with BO meant purchasing strong deodorant. When I finally realized it meant "bind off" I felt pretty silly.

    Below are a few terms and abbreviations to get you started in the knitting world. These are some easily confused phrases, but it is not a complete list, Check the Lion Brand Glossary for common knit and crochet abbreviations.

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  • LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Gusset

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    This week in our Sock Along we were talking about gussets.

    A gusset is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
    1. a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement
    2. a plate or bracket for strengthening an angle in framework (as in a building or bridge).

    sock gusset

    I love this illustration from Merriam-Webster.com of the second type of gusset because it looks so much like a sock gusset!

    However, sock gussets actually serve the first purpose: they are groups of stitches inserted between the heel flap and the instep to allow the sock to expand around the wide part of the heel and ankle.

    In classic cuff-down socks with a heel flap, the gusset is the last part of the heel turn worked and shaped by the line of decreases that return you to your original stitch count. If you are working from the toe-up, the gusset is worked first and is shaped by a line of increases.

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  • LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Kitchener Stitch

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    In my last post I mentioned covering increases next, but this week in the Sock Along we ended up talking about Kitchener stitch, also known as grafting. We have a participant who tried Magic Loop for the first time and has already finished one sock, but struggled to work the graft at the toe. After putting it in time out, she picked out the unsuccessful graft and brought the sock in. Several people gathered around as I demonstrated the steps to her, knowing that their cuff down socks would require them to work this eventually. It’s actually not difficult, but it is different than knitting.

    Kitchener stitch is a way to join two sets of live stitches with a ‘seam’ that follows the path a row of knitting would follow – so it becomes essentially seamless.

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