Do you knit ?
I learned to crochet as a child with my Grandma – but was introduced to knitting from my Mother in law. I am not very good at it but I like to make small thing for friends and the local hospital . Today we are making washcloths – perfect for the new knitter-so enjoy…. Lisa
History of knitting :
Knitting is a technique of producing fabric from a strand of yarn or wool. … The oldest knitted artifacts are socks from Egypt, dating from the 11th century CE. They are a very fine gauge, done with complex colorwork and some have a short row heel, which necessitates the purl stitch.
The Numbers :
- 28.8 million Americans participated in knitting and/or crochet in 2016.
- The year, the crafts represented a market of $2.79 billion, with an average monthly spend per household of $20.57.
- Knitters and crocheters are likely to also participate in other needle arts.
- 77% buy their supplies in a physical store. 4% buy outside physical stores, and 19% buy from both. (Remember, crafters are always researching new products online first, regardless of where they buy!)
- 62% give the items they craft as gifts. However, knit and crochet items are the most commonly donated crafts at 18%. 58% also keep their items.
- While 18% consider themselves experts (one of the highest percentages of any craft) the other 82% rate their skills as beginner or intermediate.
- 71% of knitters and crocheters are female. 29% are male.
- 37% are employed full-time.
- Like we mentioned, knit and crochet age ranges are fairly even across the board: 34% are 18+34, 36% are 35-54, and 30% are 55+.
Today’s Basic Project : Cotton Wash clothes
Supplies : (for 2 )
1 skein of worsted weight yarn ( 100 % cotton yarn)
Number #6 American size needles
A gauge of 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch.
K (knit) P (Pearl)
1st row: K1, *P2,K2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. K last stitch
2nd row: P1, *K2P2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. P last stitch
3rd row: K1, *K2P2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. K last stitch
4th row: P1, *P2,K2* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. P last stitch
Repeat these 4 rows until your piece measures 11 inches. Bind off and tuck in your loose yarn.
You should learn to knit because…It’s like a relaxing therapy. 2. Knitting stimulates the logical part of our brains and maintains us young and active. While we are knitting we are giving ourselves a mental workout, calculating how much yarn we need or the number of stitches and rows we need. So knit on !
Calling All Knitters:
Knitting for Charities : https://www.pinterest.com/terrymatz/knitting-for-charity/
A great page of projects,patterns and organizations that collect and distribute items…. Lisa