Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 2

Posted by Robyn Berkel on

I’ve already defined some terms and phrases in Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 1, so here is the second post in the series! Keep a look out for the third post, Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 3.

To reiterate, if there are any terms you’d like to provide an alternate definition to or add on to, comment below because I would love to see those! 

Knitting in the round - knitting on circular needles so you don’t need to turn at the end of a row, making stockinette stitch easier to achieve (no purling). 

Sock knitting - a type of project (making socks, duh!) that has always been a niche category. 
    *Many knitters exclusively knit socks, and if you try out a pair, you might realize why! Two methods are using DPNs or Magic Circle knitting (both defined below).

Top-Down - style of knitting tops and sweaters where you start with the neckline

Magic Circle - a method of knitting where you use one very long circular needle to knit something very small in diameter
        *Often opposed to DPN knitting or knitting with a very short circular needle

DPN Knitting - knitting with double pointed needles. 
        *This is necessary when you are knitting something circular with a very small diameter, like socks. You usually need 4-5 of the same size DPN to achieve this.

Bottom-Up - style of knitting tops and sweaters where you start with the body and move up towards the neckline

Worked flat - knitting back and forth, turning your work at the end of each row
        *Opposite of knitting in the round, and typically how people first learn to knit

Casting-On - starting a project, specifically adding those initial stitches.
        *There are so many ways to cast on, and they are all helpful for different projects! It’s definitely worth knowing at least one stretchy cast-on and one non-stretchy cast on.

Blocking - a step that comes after all your knitting is done but before you sew together the pieces (although you could do that first) where you wet your entire project and lay it flat to dry so the stitches can settle in.
        *This step makes your finished piece look almost machine knit!
        *You can use blocking mats and pins to hold the piece to a certain shape as it dries

Freeform - the idea of simply letting your needles fly without sticking to a pattern or a plan.
        *Google knitting freeform images :)

Short Rows - rows that aren’t knit all the way to the end, used to create shapes

Steeking - a technique where you can cut right through your knitting (yes, with scissors!) by first reinforcing stitches on either side

Double Knitting - knitting with two strands of yarn at once
        *Can be knit together, creating thicker fabric or knit unattached as in two-at-a-time sock knitting

Colorwork - Anytime you use more than one color!

Stranded Colorwork - knitting with multiple colors at a time, carrying the off color through instead of detaching it.

Cables - a fun, versitile stitch or pattern that creates a twisted look.

Dropped Stitch - stitch that didn’t make it onto the next needle, as in a mistake. You can watch tutorials on how to pick up dropped stitches.

Yoke - In a sweater, the yoke is the part of the sweater where the sleeves, front, and back are all connected, ie: before the sleeves are separated

Raglan - A type of sweater where the sleeves are attached at the neckline and there are four seems starting at the neckline and running to where the sleeves separate

Ease - the amount of extra room in a sweater, as in a measurement
        *If your sweater body is 40” in circumference, and your waist is 35” in circumference, there is 5” of ease in the waist
    Fair Isle - The use of stranded colorwork to achieve a unique repeating design.

Brioche - a technique or pattern that uses hidden stitches created by yarn overs, resulting in very thin verticle stripes. Although, “stripes” seems like a rudimentary way of describing it because there is a nice texture involved too.
        *This has become very popular just in the last couple of years

Drop Shoulder - a sweater design where the sleeves start past the shoulders and usually the body is knit as a rectangle with limited shaping

Color melting - a technique of alternating color rows to simulate fading between two colors

Pullover - just a sweater! (as opposed to cardigan)

Shawl - I know everyone knows what a shawl is, but I wanted to include this because it is one of the largest categories of knitting patterns out there and everyone and their mother is knitting shawls right now. I believe its popularity comes from all the fun patterns you can pull into one, since the requirements aren’t heafty (all you need is a long-ish shape to drape around your body). They are also typically one-size fits all, making patterns very easy to design. This category can pretty much include everything from scarves to ponchos.

Ravlery - The most popular website for knitters and crocheters. Its a pattern shopping service and social networking platform. Go check it out if you haven’t yet!

WIP - “Work In Progress” aka - any project you are currently working on

Weaving in Ends - the step after you’ve finished knitting where you hide all your strands of yarn by weaving them into the project

How many of these styles, techniques, or phrases do you use? Which are your favorites and least favorites?


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