Knitting

Knitting

Knitting Equipment - Choosing Yarn and Knitting Needles

Knitting Equipment - Choosing Yarn and Knitting Needles

Knitting - Casting On

Knitting - Casting On

Holding the Knitting Needles and Yarn

Holding the Knitting Needles and Yarn

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row One

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row One

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row Two

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row Two

Knitting the Garter Stitch

Knitting the Garter Stitch

Knitting the Purl Stitch

Knitting the Purl Stitch

Knitting - Binding Off

Knitting - Binding Off

Crochet Stitch Variations

Crochet Stitch Variations

Increasing and Decreasing Crochet Stitches

Increasing and Decreasing Crochet Stitches

Making Crochet Fabric

Making Crochet Fabric

Basic Crochet Stitches

Basic Crochet Stitches

Getting Your Crochet On

Getting Your Crochet On

Holding the Crochet Hook and Yarn

Holding the Crochet Hook and Yarn

How to Crochet

How to Crochet

Finishing the Gauge Swatch Ends

Finishing the Gauge Swatch Ends

Joining New Yarn

Joining New Yarn

Reading a Yarn Label

Reading a Yarn Label

Understanding Yarn Sizes

Understanding Yarn Sizes

Knitting Needles and Accessories

Knitting Needles and Accessories

Problem Solving the Gauge Swatch

Problem Solving the Gauge Swatch

Making a Gauge Swatch

Making a Gauge Swatch

How to Knit a Gauge Swatch

How to Knit a Gauge Swatch

Decreasing Stitches

Decreasing Stitches

Increasing Stitches

Increasing Stitches

Knitting the Basketweave Stitch

Knitting the Basketweave Stitch

Knitting the Moss Stitch

Knitting the Moss Stitch

Ribbing

Ribbing

Intermediate Knitting - Combining Knit and Purl Stitches

Intermediate Knitting - Combining Knit and Purl Stitches

Knitting - Binding Off

Knitting - Binding Off

Knitting the Purl Stitch

Knitting the Purl Stitch

Knitting the Garter Stitch

Knitting the Garter Stitch

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row Two

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row Two

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row One

Knitting - Working Knit Stitches Row One

Holding the Knitting Needles and Yarn

Holding the Knitting Needles and Yarn

Knitting - Casting On

Knitting - Casting On

Knitting Equipment - Choosing Yarn and Knitting Needles

Knitting Equipment - Choosing Yarn and Knitting Needles

Knitting

Knitting

Easy Sewing Project - Tablecloth

Easy Sewing Project - Tablecloth

Easy Custom Christmas Tree Skirt

Easy Custom Christmas Tree Skirt

Simple Sewing Basics

Simple Sewing Basics

Beading Basics

Beading Basics

Beading Basics-How to Make a Simple Pair of Earrings

Beading Basics-How to Make a Simple Pair of Earrings

Beading Basics-Peyote Stitch

Beading Basics-Peyote Stitch

Beading Basics-Brick Stitch

Beading Basics-Brick Stitch

Beading Basics-Herringbone Stitch

Beading Basics-Herringbone Stitch

Needlepoint

Needlepoint

Cross Stitching

Cross Stitching

How to Quilt

How to Quilt

Crocheting Beyond the Basics

Crocheting Beyond the Basics

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Toni Lipe

Toni's Design Studio

http://www.tonisdesignstudio.com  

(703) 403-3222

Toni’s Design Studio, located in Northern Virginia, started in 2002 as a small studio fulfilling the requests of friends and relatives. Word quickly spread and the business was born.

The fiberholic behind the business is Toni Lipe Mahmud. Toni has been working with fiber all her life. She loves to knit, sew, and embroider. She has also dabbled in bobbin lace, tatting, and macramé. Toni has a BA in Business Administration and an MBA. In her spare time, she loves to sip lattes, enjoy the company of her friends and chauffer her daughter to school, ballet and birthday parties.

Holding the Knitting Needles and Yarn

Fiber artist Toni Lipe demonstrates how to hold the knitting needles and yarn.

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Hi, I am Toni Lipe with Toni's Design Studio. Today, we were talking about how to knit. Right now, I am going to talk about how to hold your yarn and knitting needles. It's very important to start good habits early in knitting. So, I did want to talk a little bit about that. There are several different ways to knit. There is continental. Mine is a self taught. A lot of knitters, I know, knit the way I do. We actually throw our yarn rather than scoop our yarn. So, that is the knitting method we are going to talk about today.

When you are knitting you need to hold your working needle. The knitting needle with the stitches attached to your ball of yarn in your left hand, this is, if you are right handed. In your right hand you hold the empty needle. Now, one important thing about knitting is the tension of the yarn. In order to have a nice even piece of knitting, your tension has to remain rather constant. There are several ways to do that but one way is to take your pinky finger of your non-working hand on your right hand and twist it around the yarn. Some people actually thread the yarn through their fingers and then you begin your knit stitch. So, this, your yarn will stay here and around your index finger the whole time you were knitting. So, it's good to get started this way. Take your right hand, twist your pinky around your yarn, put your next two fingers above the yarn and your index finger below it and that way, you will end up with nice even tension and you are ready to start knitting.

Next, we will talk about the knit stitch.