We all have seen it on patterns, stuff like Garter Stitch,
Stockinette, Ribbing, double Ribbing, but what does it all mean? If you
are new to the world of loom knitting or knitting in general, these
terms are unknown to you and as such may make a pattern that is really
simple into something quite confusing. Let's take a closer look at what
they all mean and how to get them done on a loom, shall we?
stitch: Garter stitch has one of the best characteristics out
there, it creates reversible fabric that has a horizontal ridge. Also,
Garter Stitch fabric lays flat–meaning, it doesn't curl on itself.
to loom it: it is done the same in the round (a circular item such as a hat or sock) as in a flat panel (such as a scarf or blanket)
Row/Round 1: Knit
Row/Round 2: Purl
Row/Round 1 and 2 until you have reached the desired length
The two rows/rounds make one
Garter Stitch Ridge. Some patterns may tell you to make 20 Garter Stitch
ridges which in turn will mean to work 40 rows/rounds.
nice and fancy name, it must mean something quite difficult, actually,
you are probably already doing it each time you loom a hat. Stockinette
refers to the smooth side of the fabric, the one that has all the little
v's. Watch out, fabric done completely in stockinette stitch will curl
at the edges.
How to loom it:
knitters, we are very lucky as we don't need to do go through the
trouble of purling on the wrong side rows to make the smooth fabric. To
create stockinette on a loom, it is the same if you are working in the
round or a flat panel.
Row 1/Round 1: knit
Row 2/Round 2: knit
Row/Round 1 and 2 until you have reached the desired length.
Stockinette: Simply refers to the opposite of stockinette, instead
of the nice smooth side, we want the bumpy side to be on the right side
of the fabric. As in stockinette, Reverse Stockinette also curls on
itself, so plan for it.
Looming it: To create reverse stockinette
on a loom, it is the same if you are
working in the round or a flat panel.
Row 1/Round 1: purl
Row 2/Round 2: purl
Repeat Row/Round 1 and 2 until you have
reached the desired length.
Lastly, let's look at
ribbing. What exactly is ribbing and no it is not going to the local rib
joint and eating until your tummy explodes.
Ribbing: Elastic and reversible fabric with vertical ridges,
mostly seen on cuffs or hems of sweaters. There are various types of
ribbing, the most common single and double. Single involves 2 stitches,
double 4 stitches.
Involves 2 stitches:
Row/Round 1: *k1, p1; rep from *. What does
it mean? Knit 1 peg, purl 1 peg, repeat from * to the end of the
Repeat Row/Round 1 until you have reached the desired
Double: Involves 4 stitches:
*k2, p2; rep from *. What does it mean? Knit 2
pegs, purl 2 pegs, repeat from * to the end of the row/round.
Repeat Row/Round 1 until you have reached the desired length.
that we have deciphered what the terms mean, go and loom something with
them and come back and share with me your pictures and your loomy
Keep on looming!