Know Your Knits

Know Your KnitsKnowing how to knit is a wonderful way to express your creativity and bring novelty to your daily routine. What you need to know is that knitting might be quite complicated endeavor for every beginner. If you think that knitting is just a simple hobby that includes a couple of needles and yarn, you are terribly wrong. It’s definitely much more than that. It’s a complex procedure that entails detailed preparation, setting your goals and their actual realization. If you want to make your work comfortable, durable and, most importantly, unique, you should be familiar with most prominent knitting techniques. Check out this brief list of knitting stitches!


Before you start knitting, you need to make sure that you have prepared everything needed. Firstly, you need to go for needles that are adequate for the yarn you have chosen. Secondly, you should pay attention to the amount of wool. There is nothing worse than running out of yarn when you get in the zone, so grab your yarn in bulk and start knitting.

Garter stitch

Garter stitch, which is achieved by knitting every row, is one of the most common types of welting. It is easily recognizable by horizontal ridges created at the top of knitted loops on every other row. Garter stitch is easy to achieve for, once you reach the end of the first row, you just need to move the full needle to the other hand and knit each stitch again. Once you finish your work, you are supposed to get a flat and reversible fabric.

Stockinette stitch

Stockinette stitch is produced by knitting and purling alternate rows. Since its serves as the basis for numerous more complicated patterns, it plays an immensely important role in the world of knitting. It is much smoother than garter stitch and it is usually prone to curling at the edges, both horizontally and vertically. Stockinette stitch is famous for its V-shaped pattern that should be achieved in every column.

Basic ribbing

The famous textured vertical stripes of basic ribbing that are achieved by the alternation of stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch will utterly impress you. The fabrics formed by this knitting method are very stretchy and form-fitting, which makes them immensely popular. Creating basic ribbing is pretty simple- if your stitch resembles V, knit it, whereas if it looks like a bump, you should purl it. If you want to make your basic ribbing successful, you should never forget to move the yarn back and forth when creating different stitches. For example, during two-by-two ribbing, the yarn should be moved between the needles to the front, after which you’re supposed to purl two stitches. Then, the yarn should be returned to the back by being passed between the needles.


Seed stitch

Seed stitch is created by combining knitting and purling stitches, which are alternating every row. The main difference between seed stitching and ribbing is that here you knit the purl stitches and purl the knit stitches. It is divided into seed and double seed stitch. Forming seed stitch is pretty simple. All you have to do is to create the first row by knitting one stitch and purling the other one, whereas in the second row, you are supposed to do the opposite. Double seed stitch is pretty much the same. The only difference is that both rows are doubled.

All in all, as you have probably noticed, every knitting stitch varies both in its form and the knitting technique used. Being familiar with basic stitches, you will be able to create more complex works like a real professional, and most importantly, you will be able to make them special and unique. Choose your favorite knitting stitch and start your journey through the world of knitting!

Find the Perfect Gift: For Yourself

Romantic Days Celebration ProductsWhen you want to show somebody that you care for them, you do something nice for them or you buy them a special little thing to make them happy and to cheer them up. However, people usually forget that they need to do the same for themselves and that finding a perfect gift for themselves should become a nice habit that will improve their life quality in so many ways. Pampering yourself with such things will reduce the effects that stress has on your mind and body and it will make you happier and more self-confident. In other word, you will radiate the happiness that you create on your own. Here are some of the best self-gift ideas.

Favorite Pastime

This is an excellent idea for all the people that have hobbies or who love fitness and healthy lifestyle. There is always that little gadget or that little something that you kind of need, but don’t really need that much as much as you just want to own it. It is that cool looking yoga mat that you like, although you already have one but not as cool. That is a new little thing related to your hobby that you can live without, but you love the idea of owning it. DIY aficionados will love a new, and more advanced tool than the one that they already have in their shed. Foodies will be thrilled with a new kitchenware or spice that they want for such a long time. Well, from time to time, make yourself happy and buy it for yourself. You will appreciate it and you will definitely use it if you put your mind to it. Either way, it will make your day.

Weekend Getaway

Plan a weekend getaway on your own and by yourself. Go to that place that you always want to go and never have the chance to find somebody to go to it with. Even if that only means taking a room at a great hotel, using room service and watching movies all night, it is still something that you want. Spend a weekend exactly the way you want it, where you want it and treat yourself in that way. It will be fun and don’t be afraid that you will be bored. Trust yourself, you are fun enough to be on your own for a day or two. Visiting health resorts sounds absolutely amazing if you want to be perfectly treated and to enjoy yourself truly. Of course, if your idea of a great getaway includes company, invite somebody who will make this a perfect getaway.

Books and Music

Go for it and do something nice for yourself that also means that you will pamper your mind as well as your body. Buy yourself a book, a nice e-reader, a new album of your favorite band, Netflix account or something that comes in the content form that you love and enjoy. You will never miss and you know your taste the best. Therefore, this makes a perfect gift. Similar ideas include buying yourself ticket for a cool concert, paying for a language course and similar cool activities. Not only that this kind of gift will make cheer you up, it will also give you a chance to grow and enrich your personality.

Even if you are only picking up a bouquet of fresh flowers from the flower shop, or having that fancier kind of chocolate cake today, treating yourself with care and buying yourself little gifts is important and it will make you a happier person by bringing you more in touch with your needs and wishes.