Friday, 17 January 2014

Knitting

Like weaving, knitting is a technique by which thread or yarn is used to create a cloth.

Knitted fabric comprises a number of successive rows of loops, called stitches. As each row advances, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop. The active stitches are held on a needle until one more loop can be passed through them. This procedures ultimately results in a fabric, often used for garments.

Knitting may be done by hand or by machine. There exist various styles and methods of hand knitting.

Different types of yarns and needles may be employed to attain a variety of knitted materials; these tools give the final piece a different color, texture, weight, and/or integrity. Other factors that influence the end result take in the needle's shape, thickness and malleability, in addition to the yarn's fiber type, texture and twist.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Like weaving

Like weaving, knitting is a technique for producing a two-dimensional fabric made from a one-dimensional yarn or thread. In weaving, threads are always straight, running parallel either lengthwise (warp threads) or crosswise (weft threads). By contrast, the yarn in knitted fabrics follows a meandering path (a course), forming symmetric loops (also called bights) symmetrically above and below the mean path of the yarn. 

These meandering loops can be stretched easily in different directions, which gives knitting much more elasticity than woven fabrics; depending on the yarn and knitting pattern, knitted garments can stretch as much as 500%. For this reason, knitting was initially developed for garments that must be elastic or stretch in response to the wearer's motions, such as socks and hosiery. 

For comparison, woven garments stretch mainly along one direction (the bias) and are not very elastic, unless they are woven from stretchable material such as spandex. Knitted garments are often more form-fitting than woven garments, since their elasticity allows them to follow the body's curvature closely; by contrast, curvature is introduced into most woven garments only with sewn darts, flares, gussets and gores, the seams of which lower the elasticity of the woven fabric still further. Extra curvature can be introduced into knitted garments without seams, as in the heel of a sock; the effect of darts, flares, etc. can be obtained with short rows or by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches. Thread used in weaving is usually much finer than the yarn used in knitting, which can give the knitted fabric more bulk and less drape than a woven fabric.

If they are not secured, the loops of a knitted course will come undone when their yarn is pulled; this is known as ripping out, unravelling knitting, or humorously, frogging (because you 'rip it', this sounds like a frog croaking: 'rib-bit'). To secure a stitch, at least one new loop is passed through it. Although the new stitch is itself unsecured ("active" or "live"), it secures the stitch(es) suspended from it. A sequence of stitches in which each stitch is suspended from the next is called a wale. To secure the initial stitches of a knitted fabric, a method for casting on is used; to secure the final stitches in a wale, one uses a method of binding off. During knitting, the active stitches are secured mechanically, either from individual hooks (in knitting machines) or from a knitting needle or frame in hand-knitting.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Knitting

Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn is turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Knitted fabric consists of consecutive rows of loops, called stitches. As each row progresses, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them. This process eventually results in a fabric, often used for garments.

Knitting may be done by hand or by machine. There exist numerous styles and methods of hand knitting.
Different yarns and knitting needles may be used to achieve different end products by giving the final piece a different colour, texture, weight, and/or integrity. Using needles of varying shape and thickness as well as different varieties of yarn can also change the effect.

Friday, 26 August 2011

So long, little fuglings.

So long, little fuglings.
As many of you may have guessed, PRK and I have decided to hang up our snark and go back to the outside world.

While we have had a lot of fun with this site, we also have a lot of other committments on our time and something had to go. When something meant to be fun starts to turn into a chore, it's time to call it quits.

We will miss all (well, most) of you and your comments. For everything I posted, there were always at least a couple of comments that were way funnier than anything I could have come up with.

We will leave the site up, so feel free to peruse the archives and if any of you want to take up the fugknit cause, put your web address in the comments for this posting.

So long, and may none of your knitting be worthy of this site.

Love and Kisses,