How do you measure tension in knitting?
To check your tension, you want to knit a swatch in the stitch stated in the tension section of your pattern (for this example we’re going to use stocking stitch) using the needle size that they have suggested.
Do smaller knitting needles make tighter stitches?
Why does this work? Needle size and tension are intimately connected as the loop that creates the new stitch is formed around the needle. When you knit on smaller (thinner) needles the stitches also get smaller, and the tension gets tighter/higher.
How many rows do I knit to make a square?
Keep on going, knitting every row until you have a square – this will be about 120-130 rows. It should be approximately 12 inches by 12 inches but don’t worry if it’s a bit bigger or smaller – we will still be able to use it. Once you have finished knitting all your rows, cast off all the stitches.
Can you knit a granny square?
It takes much longer to knit a Granny Square than it would to crochet one so I wouldn’t recommend making a blanket out of these but they make lovely coasters. Or you can just enjoy seeing peoples’ faces when you tell them that they’re knitting, not crochet.
Should you slip the first stitch when knitting?
When slipping the first stitch of a row, always slip it purlwise, as this preserves the stitch orientation, keeping the right leg to the front, so that it’s properly positioned for next time you need to work it. … That is, slip the stitch with yarn in back if it’s a knit row; in front if it’s a purl row.