Ruby and the Foxes

    Knitted Pet Portraits & Wonderful Wildlife!

If you like my fun and colourful patterns but are new to knitting you may feel in need of some help before tackling them.  All of my patterns use beginner stitches with very minimal shaping (if any), what makes my patterns special are the fun and unique images you will knit into them!  Below is a list of the techniques you will need to use, with a bit of an explanation and a link at the bottom to some useful videos if you need a bit more detail.

Knit stitch cast on

This is the cast on method my mum taught me when I was a kid so it’s the only one I use!  There are other methods out there you may prefer, so give them a go too and please feel free to use which ever works best for you.


Single rib

This technique alternates a knit stitch and a purl stitch along the row.  If you have an even number of stitches start each row with a knit stitch.  If you have an odd number of stitches start your first row with a knit stitch and the next row with a purl stitch.  Continue alternating each row like this.


Stocking stitch

This technique alternates a row of knit stitch with a row of purl stitch.


Yarn over needle

Here you knit two stitches together, then bring the yarn forward then wrap it over the top of the needle to create a ‘stitch’ before knitting your next stitch.  It is used to create a gap in the work for such things as button holes.


Knit stitch cast off

This is how you knit your work off your needles to finish off.


Intarsia

This is a method of knitting with multiple yarn colours and is used to create the images in my patterns.  Rather than carrying the yarn across the back of the work as you do with the Fair Isle technique, blocks of colour are created instead by using 1 small ball of wool for each area of colour.  When changing colour you do so on the wrong side of your knitting and twist the new colour around the old to prevent a gap forming in the work.  You will find it gets a bit tangled at the back of your work when using lots of different colours so I tend to stop and de-tangle every 5 rows or so.  You can create a bobbin for each block of colour by winding a length of yarn around a piece of cardboard and unravel the length you need as you go which can help prevent it tangling up too much.  To follow an intarsia chart you start from the bottom right corner, odd numbered rows are worked in Knit stitch from right to left, and even numbered rows are worked in Purl stitch from left to right.

Useful Videos


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