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Knitting increases serve a very practical function: to shape the fabric by adding new stitches. But beyond this practical function there is also a decorative element. An increase can either be so subtle as to be almost invisible, or it can be very obvious. Increases also have direction in that they lean either to the right or to the left. Here are a few of the most common types of knitting increases and how to use them!

Knitting Increases, Up Close

Knitting increases serve a very practical function: to shape the fabric by adding new stitches. But beyond this practical function there is also a decorative element. An increase can either be so subtle as to be almost invisible, or it can be very obvious. Increases also have direction in that they lean either to the right or to the left. Here are a few of the most common types of knitting increases and how to use them!

Cable Heart Stitch Pattern is an interlocking design in vertical panels that can be knitted to make up so many fun projects. I think these pretty hearts would look great as a knitted scarf. Additionally, multiple panels can create a blanket of any size. It’s always fun to see the cable heart design emerge as you knit. #StudioKnit #knittingvideo #knitcable #cableknit #knitheart
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How to Knit a Cable Heart | Free Knitting Pattern + Video

Cable Heart Stitch Pattern is an interlocking design in vertical panels that can be knitted to make up so many fun projects. I think these pretty hearts would look great as a knitted scarf. Additionally, multiple panels can create a blanket of any size. It’s always fun to see the cable heart design emerge as you knit. #StudioKnit #knittingvideo #knitcable #cableknit #knitheart

How to use short rows to shape a shoulder.

A Trick to Make Seaming Shoulders Easier

One of the disadvantages of knitting a pieced sweater is all the finishing that’s involved, and one of the most unpleasant duties when it comes to finishing a sweater is sewing in the sleeves…

Isis Tailcoat

Isis Tailcoat Knitting pattern by Purl Alpaca Designs | Knitting Patterns | LoveKnitting

This tailcoat will be a statement piece in any wardrobe. It’s got a touch of old fashioned glamour with the curved edge, yet is still completely on trend with the chunky collar and central large button. The shape is very flattering, accentuating the hour glass figure. Fabulous as outerwear for the autumn or spring, lovely and warm as a cardigan for winter. Techniques used in this pattern include blackberry stitch, short row shaping and picking up stitches. Knitted on 5 and 6 mm straight…

Free Vintage Knitting Pattern: 30s Short Sleeved Sailor Collar

This post was from a request. A couple of months ago I asked if any readers had a specific pattern they’d like hunted down and this was one of them, and one which I’d really like to kni…

1930s Knits

Most of the huge number of pattern leaflets in the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection have been sorted by now, and I have been working on a scheme to catalogue them. I'm focussing on the oldest leaflets for now, and mainly those from the 1930s in the Patons archive. There are about 1400 (more than 10,000 Patons leaflets altogether, I reckon) - we are so lucky to have them. Here are a few from a batch I have been looking recently, from 1939 or 39. Some of the 1930s patterns are for garments…

Cloche Hat Knitting Patterns.  The cloche style brings to mind the Roaring Twenties, flappers, Art Deco. Created by milliner Caroline Reboux, the fitted hat with a brim low on the forehead formed a bell, the meaning of cloche in French. Most patterns are free.

Cloche Hat Knitting Patterns

Cloche Hat Knitting Patterns. The cloche style brings to mind the Roaring Twenties, flappers, Art Deco. Created by milliner Caroline Reboux, the fitted hat with a brim low on the forehead formed a bell, the meaning of cloche in French. Most patterns are free.

Free knitting pattern for Brillante Pullover lace tee

Tee Top Knitting Patterns

Free knitting pattern for Brillante Pullover lace tee

“This trim charmer has quiet elegance and is high-score fashion.” This sweet little blouse would be perfect with those pencil skirts or capris – not to mention it looks like a quick and easy knit. I personally would knit it in a cotton or cotton-blend, for a nice summer top. Available to fit a 34″, 37″ and 40″ bust. Requires fingering weight yarn, on 3.75mm and 2.75mm needles.

Curvy Month Pattern: Spring Song blouse, circa 1950s (Copley's 2001A) - Subversive Femme

“This trim charmer has quiet elegance and is high-score fashion.” This sweet little blouse would be perfect with those pencil skirts or capris – not to mention it looks like a quick and easy knit. I personally would knit it in a cotton or cotton-blend, for a nice summer top. Available to fit a 34″, 37″ and 40″ bust. Requires fingering weight yarn, on 3.75mm and 2.75mm needles.

Welcome to the final pattern of Curvy Month – I hope you enjoyed the larger size patterns. I’m back to knitting, sewing and vintage from next week! I’m sure we all love an easy knit, and this jumper pattern from Paton and Baldwin’s Style No. 7 is rib-tastic. Rib is the all round, easy to knit and flattering stitch – perfect for those larger figures.   This design has such a jaunty air, I’m seeing it in a very patriotic white, blue and red – but any three complimentary colours would work…

Curvy Month Pattern: White Wings Jumper, c. 1930s - Subversive Femme

Welcome to the final pattern of Curvy Month – I hope you enjoyed the larger size patterns. I’m back to knitting, sewing and vintage from next week! I’m sure we all love an easy knit, and this jumper pattern from Paton and Baldwin’s Style No. 7 is rib-tastic. Rib is the all round, easy to knit and flattering stitch – perfect for those larger figures. This design has such a jaunty air, I’m seeing it in a very patriotic white, blue and red – but any three complimentary colours would work well…

Is it a jumper? Is it a cardigan? No, it’s Sandra the jumper-cardigan from Patons and Baldwins Speciality Knitting 68.   Sandra would look lovely in a yarn that’s slightly fuzzy or fluffy – she’d be very easy to turn into a cardigan as well. To fit: 34″ and 38″ busts Yarn: Sportsweight (5-ply) Needles: 5mm and 3.75mm

Curvy Month Pattern 2: Sandra, circa late 1930s - Subversive Femme

Is it a jumper? Is it a cardigan? No, it’s Sandra the jumper-cardigan from Patons and Baldwins Speciality Knitting 68. Sandra would look lovely in a yarn that’s slightly fuzzy or fluffy – she’d be very easy to turn into a cardigan as well. To fit: 34″ and 38″ busts Yarn: Sportsweight (5-ply) Needles: 5mm and 3.75mm