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Welcome

Hello my name is Sarah Gasson and I am the designer of the Knitables Knit a Teddy designs. With my patterns I aim to give full, detailed step-by-step instructions to help guide you through every stage. If you can knit, purl, increase, decrease, change colours and sew seams, you should be able to knit everything in the Knitables collection, especially with these tutorials to help you along the way!

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 1  
     
 

Introduction to tutorials

I often receive emails asking me how to knit various stitches or how to sew up my designs. So I thought I would produce a range of video tutorials that illustrate the various techniques and stitches that I use when making my designs. The video tutorials will follow me making the Knitables, Knit a Teddy Dog.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 2  
     
 

Making a slip knot & casting on

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Body)

The first step in beginning any piece of knitting is to cast on some stitches. Putting a slip knot on the needle makes your first stitch. There are several cast on methods but I tend to favour the two-needle cable cast on method, as it produces a nice strong edge, with a rope like twist.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 3  
     
 

Knit stitch & inc 1 stitch

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Row 1)

The knit stitch (K) is the most basic of stitches. If you knit every stitch of every row, the result is garter stitch. The increase one stitch (inc 1) is where you knit into the front and the back of a stitch, thereby making 2 stitches from 1 stitch. It's a neat, firm increase, which makes a little bar on the right side of work at the base of the new stitch.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 4  
     
 

Purl stitch & stockinette stitch

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Body Row 2)

Purling isn't difficult, just think of it as the opposite of a knit stitch. The best known combination of knit and purl is called stockinette stitch (st-st). It's very simple, just knit one row and purl one row alternatively. The right side of stockinette is smooth and the other side is ridged.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 5  
     
 

m1 stitch

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Body Row 3)

The make one stitch (m1) is when you increase by one by picking up the horizontal loop before next the stitch and knitting into the back of it. Making a stitch from the strand between the stitches is a very neat way to increase because it's almost invisible.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 6  
     
 

K2tog and SSK decrease

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Body Row 45)

Decreases are used to reduce the number of stitches in a row. Knitting two stitches together (K2tog) produces a right-slanting decrease, with the second stitch lying on top of the first. The slip, slip, knit (SSK), however produces a left-slanting decrease. SSK is when you slip the next stitch on the left needle knitwise, then slip the next stitch on the left needle purlwise. Take the left needle and knit through the front of the two slipped stitches on the right needle.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 7  
     
 

Turn and sl1 stitch

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Body Row 56)

Short rows, made by turning and leaving stitches unworked, is used to shape knitting. To slip a stitch (sl1), simply move it from the left to the the right needle without working it. When this is done as part of a pattern, the stitch is usually slipped purlwise, so that the stitch lies on the needle in the same direction as an ordinary knit stitch.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 8  
     
 

P2tog and SSP stitch

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Body Row 58)

Purl two together (P2tog) and slip, slip, purl (SSP) are ways of decreasing on a purl row. P2tog is simply just purling 2 stitches together. The SSP stitch is when you slip the next two stitches knitwise, one at a time, to the right hand needle. Move these two stitches back to the left hand needle. Insert the right needle into these two stitches through their back loops and purl these two slipped stitches together.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 9  
     
 

B&T and mattress stitch

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Sewing the Body)

B&T is when you break the yarn, leaving a long end, then thread the yarn through the remaining stitches on the needle, draw up tightly and secure by threading yarn a second time through stitches. Mattress stitch makes a practically invisible and nicely flexible seam for joining pieces side by side.

 
     
     
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Changing yarn colour in the middle of a row

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Head Rows 17 & 18)

Intarsia is simply working areas of colour with separate balls of yarn which are linked together at each colour change. This eliminates stranding or weaving in on the wrong. Every time you change colours, you must link the areas together or there will be holes in your knitting. All you need to do is twist the yarns on the wrong side.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 11  
     
 

Weaving in yarns ends and working a gathering thread

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Head)

For a neat and secure finish always weave in the yarn ends, taking care that the yarn doesn't show through to the right side. Working a gathering thread gives a smooth round shape to finish pieces. Thread the cast on tail through a sewing needle and sew the needle through the loops of the cast-on edge. Then pull the yarn tight so that the cast on stitches are gathered together.

 
     
     
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Stuffing, moulding and shaping

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Body and Head)

When stuffing add small amounts at a time, turning, moulding and shaping as you work. The stuffing should be firm to the touch but avoid overstretching the stitches.

 
     
     
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  Tutorial 13  
     
 

Casting off purlwise and sewing the dogs ears

(Knit a Teddy Dog)

Casting off, also called binding off, links stitches to make a neat edge that won't unravel. Start by purling the first two stitches. Use the point of the left needle to lift the first of these stitches over the second stitch and off the needle. Purl the next stitch, then lift the first over the second. Repeat until there is only one stitch left.

 
     
     
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Short rows

(Knit a Teddy Dog, Tail)

Short rows are used to shape knitting, for example to add a curve. When you make a short row you stop knitting part way through a row, turn the knitting and add a short row. To prevent holes forming at the ends of short rows it is important to 'wrap and turn'.

 
     
     
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Making up the dog's head

(Knit a Teddy Dog)

I find the hardest part in making knitted toys is adding the facial features. There are lots of different techniques for making eyes, including using toy safety eyes, buttons or beads, or embroidery. I tend to favour embroidery as I consider this to be the safest option.

 
     
     
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Making up the dog's body

(Knit a Teddy Dog)

I often receive emails asking me how to sew on the legs, and I must admit that the sewing on of the legs is my least favourite part of the pattern! So hopefully this tutorial will offer a few tips on how to make up the teddy and sew on the legs to allow a sitting and a standing position!

 
     
     
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Colourwork or intarsia knitting

(Knit a Teddy Football Kit)

At some point in a knitting project you may need to join a new ball of yarn or change colours to knit stripes or blocks of colour. Intarsia is simply working areas of colour with separate balls of yarn, which are linked together at each colour change to prevent holes in the knitting. This technique eliminates stranding or weaving in on the wrong side, and gives a single thickness fabric.

 
     
     
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Picking up stitches to make a sleeve

(Knit a Teddy Football Kit)

To save the work of sewing in sleeves it is sometimes easier to knit the sleeves right onto the garment and knit them from the shoulder down. This tutorial explains how to pick up stitches around an armhole.

 
     
     
     
 
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