|Hipster pic of the needle case I made and some yarns I'm using right now. |
... I'm better at knitting than I am at sewing.
Well, of PART of my desk. Or really, what's right in front of me, staged to look less like a mess and more intentionally cool and then Instagramed because I need to use that app more. But next time I should use less edge blur. It looks pretentious.
Ok, moving on.
I suppose a lot of the terms are a result of coloquial adjectives that kinda described what the knitter was doing with their yarn and needles. For me, frogging evokes leap frog, where you are pulling apart stitches and there's a satisfying "pop" when each stitch is released from it's loop. Whenever I frog, I always hear a slight chorus of "ribbit, ribbit, ribbit" in my head. Makes the process a little easier, considering you're essentially undoing minutes or even hours of work in one quick motion. Or take the terms "Cast On" and "Bind Off". When I come across these I think of nautical times, like sailing, masts and scurvy. I suppose "casting on" can be thought of as the shove off into a new adventure. Or, you know, it's just an archaic term for "start putting loops on your needle."
So, in the spirit of why-the-hell-not, these are some common terms and my interpretation:
List of Knitting Terms. Natch.
- "Cast on" - complicated ways to start your knitting that are usually harder to master than the actual knit stitch.
- "Longtail Cast on" - a way to cast on that wastes a ton of yarn and time because it's almost impossible to estimate how much of a "tail" you need to leave and how much yarn your stupid cast on is going to take. This is also the fastest way and makes you feel like a boss when your twisting your fingers all fancy and in 10 seconds you can start making actual knit stitches.
- "Bind off" - finally, I'm DONE, because screw you, weaving in ends and blocking.
- "Purl" - the kind of stitch that slows me down and forces me to hold yarn and needles all awkward. AKA, the ass side of Knit.
- "Increase" - what happens when you intentionally (unintentionally?) slip your right hand needle into a loop that isn't actually a working stitch loop and add to the amount of stitches left till you can bind off.
- "Decrease" - my favorite because I'm reducing how many damn stitches are left on my needle so the row takes less time to finish. ^.^
- "Magic Loop" - the BEST modern knitting technique since ever. Seriously, go learn how to do it.
- "Double Knit" - where you only knit half the needles on a row, so it takes twice as long to complete, BUT it makes your scarf double thick (and you can hide all your ends instead of actually weaving them in. SCORE.)
- "Kitchener" - also known as Grafting, this stitch sucks because you have to use an actual sewing needle (but the big, fatty kind called "tapestry" so at least it's hard to lose and you won't accidentally draw blood
whenif you poke yourself.) Disclaimer - I actually really love this stitch and use it all the friggin time.
- "Yarn Over" - yarn over what? Oh, you mean "wrap the yarn over the needle to make a hole." Why not call it a yarn wrap? Because that's already used for another technique DUH.
- "Wrap" - fancy way to make cool diagonal lines on sock heels and avoid ugly holes when making Short Rows...whatever the hell those are.
- "Sort Rows" - a row that ends up shorter than the one before it, and you repeat until you make a cool cup for a heel on a sock or your ta-tas on a sweater. Japanese Short Rows are my favorite, even if it's a little cumbersome using all those safety pins while knitting.
- "Ladder" - when you were paying more attention to that Mythbuster's marathon than your knitting.
- "Circular Needles" - the only kind of needles you ever really need. Srsly.
- "Blocking" - waiting for DAYS to wear your new sweater because you intentionally soaked the crap out of it and pinned it down like a dissected specimen.
- "Steeking" - using scissors to make a sweater into a cardigan in 10 seconds. Preferably done whilst breaking out your maniacal cackle.
There are tons more, but I'm lazy and don't want to actually look these things up just to save face or whatevs. Also, I have to get breakfast out of the oven.
|...and lunch. And possibly dinner too.|