Shaping Techniques in Knitting

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Shaping techniques for knitting can involve the use of short rows that are used to add an area of volume to a project. Find out about great shaping techniques in knitting with help from an experienced knitting professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Autumn Wintersgill from Knitting in the Red. And today, we're going to talk about shaping techniques in knitting. So, here I have an example of some different shaping techniques. We have a segment of short rows here and short rows are used to add an area of volume to a particular knitted project. So, if you need extra room in places such as the bust line or the toe of a sock, or anywhere that you need extra room in your stitches. You'll be creating a short row, which is wedge of stitches that is made over a smaller number of stitches than what you have in your entire row. So, we'll look at some of these as e go along. And when you need to make an increase, you'll knit to the certain point where you want your increase to be in your knitting. And then, you can do a couple different things. I'm going to show you the Knit Front and Back method. And this is going to increase one stitch. So, go to the stitch that you want to increase in, go into the front and pull the yarn through, like you're knitting. And then, go into the back loop as well and knit through the back loop of the same stitch. But that separates the two stitches, but you can put two stitches into one, to increase one stitch in your pattern. Then, there's the Make One stitch. You can make one left or make one right, I'm going to show you how to Make One Left. So, we're going to insert the left needle into the bar between our two stitches. And knit into the back of that loop. That's going to give you a twist, there will be a little bit of a gap at the bottom of that. So, if you want to avoid making gaps or holes in your knitting, I would use the Knit Front and Back method, versus the Make One Left method. And om addition to the Make One Left, you can do a Make One Right and you can also do a regular Make One, which makes a yarn over. So, you would just do the same thing, but use your right needle, go into that bar and knit that bar, in order to make a yarn over or a hole in your knitting, just to increase one stitch. And it adds a decorative effect as well. And for decreases, knit to the point where you want to decrease in your knitting. You can make a decrease that slants to the right or a decrease that slants to the left. The decrease that is most commonly used slant to the right, is knit two together. So, you'll take the next two stitches with the right needle, go through both front loops and then, knit the yarn through the front to knit them together. And that obviously is slanting to the right here. Again, my name is Autumn Wintersgill from Knitting in the Red. And you just learned about shaping techniques in knitting.

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