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0-4 Size Knitting Needles
BT Knitting Needles
1 Ply Yarns
SN Yarn made up of a single strand (ply)
BT Yarns
RT 2 Ply Yarns
3 Ply Yarns
4 Ply Yarns
10 Inch Knitting Needles
BT Knitting Needles
14 Inch Knitting Needles
BT Knitting Needles
2 Ply Yarns
SN Yarn made up of 2 strands (plies) twisted together.
BT Yarns
RT 1 Ply Yarns
3 Ply Yarns
4 Ply Yarns
3 Ply Yarns
SN Yarn made up of 3 strands (plies) twisted together.
BT Yarns
RT 1 Ply Yarns
2 Ply Yarns
4 Ply Yarns
4 Ply Yarns
SN Yarn made up of 4 strands (plies) twisted together.
BT Yarns
RT 1 Ply Yarns
2 Ply Yarns
3 Ply Yarns
5-8 Size Knitting Needles
BT Knitting Needles
6 Inch Knitting Needles
BT Knitting Needles
9-14 Size Knitting Needles
BT Knitting Needles

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Accessories
BT Products
NT Collars
Hats
Mittens
Scarves
Shawls
RT Apparel
Acrylic Yarns
SN Yarns made with acrylic fiber.
BT Man-Made Fiber Yarns
RT Nylon Yarns
Polyester Yarns
Rayon Yarns
Activities
NT Casting On
Finishing
Knitting
Shaping
Stranding
Unraveling
Afghans
SN A type of blanket.
BT Home Decor
RT Throws
UF Blankets
Alpaca Yarns
SN Yarns made of alpaca wool.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Angora Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Llama Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Silk Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Wool Yarns
Aluminum Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles made of aluminum.
BT Metal Knitting Needles
RT Steel Knitting Needles
Angora Yarns
SN Yarns made of angora rabbit hair.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Llama Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Silk Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Wool Yarns
Animal Fiber Yarns
SN Yarns made of fibers from animal sources.
BT Natural Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Angora Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Llama Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Silk Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Wool Yarns
Apparel
BT Products
NT Booties
Dresses
Skirts
Slippers
Sweaters
Vests
RT Accessories
UF Clothing
Aran
SN Decorative patterned knitting style that originated in the Aran Islands. Frequently contains bobble and cable stitches.
BT Styles
RT Bobble Stitches
Cable Needles
Cable Stitches
Argyle
SN Style famed for its geometric diamond patterns of two colors, usually.
BT Styles
RT Fair Isle
Intarsia

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Baby Weight Yarns
SN Very light, thin yarn, often used to make gifts for a baby.
BT Yarns
Bamboo Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles made of bamboo.
BT Knitting Needles
Basic Stitches
BT Stitches
NT Knit Stitches
Purl Stitches
RT Pattern Stitches
Binding Off
SN Securely ending a series of stitches when finished knitting.
BT Finishing
UF Casting Off
Blankets
USE Afghans
Blocking
SN Stretching or pinning the knitted fabric into its correct shape before ironing it and thereby setting the shape.
BT Finishing
Bobbins
SN Small, generally rectangular, frames used tohold lengths of different colored yarn when knitting with multiple colors in Intarsia.
BT Equipment
UF Intarsia
Bobble Stitches
SN A round, three-dimensional clump of stitches.
BT Pattern Stitches
UF Aran
Bone Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles made of bone.
BT Knitting Needles
RT Ivory Knitting Needles
Booties
SN Foot coverings for babies.
BT Apparel
RT Slippers
Buttons
BT Supplies

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Cable Needles
SN Short, double pointed needle, usually with a bow in the middle, used to transfer one or more stitches during the process of making a cable.
BT Knitting Needles
RT Aran
Cable Stitches
Cable Stitches
SN A series of stitches that moves across the fabric, often in a crossing or braided pattern.
BT Pattern Stitches
RT Aran
Cable Needles
Cashmere Yarns
SN Yarns made of Kashmir goat wool.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Angora Yarns
Llama Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Silk Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Wool Yarns
Casting Off
USE Binding Off
Casting On
SN Creating initial stitches on the knitting needle when starting a project.
BT Activities
Charts
SN A method of displaying the stitches of a pattern as a series of symbols on graph paper.
BT Equipment
RT Pattern
UF Graphs
Chunky Weight Yarns
SN Yarn that is much thincker than usual.
BT Yarns
Circular Knitting
SN Knitting method that uses circular or double pointed knitting needles to create a tube, form, rather than a flat fabric.
BT Knitting
RT Circular Knitting Needles
Double Pointed Knitting Needles
UF Knitting in the Round
Circular Knitting Needles
SN Tapered sticks of a specific diameter with a point on one end and a length of plastic tubing connecting the two needles together into one long, flexible double pointed knitting needle.
BT Knitting Needles
RT Circular Knitting
Clothing
USE Apparel
Collars
BT Accessories
Cotton Yarns
SN Yarn made of cotton fiber.
BT Plant Fiber Yarns
RT Ramie Yarns
Crochet Hooks
SN Hooked stick used to crochet.
BT Equipment
RT Crocheting
Crocheting
SN Method of interlocking a strand of fiber using a crochet hook. Often used to finish the edge of knitting.
BT Finishing
RT Crochet Hooks

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Decreasing
SN Redusing the number of stitches on the needle. Used to make the fabric narrower.
BT Shaping
RT Increasing
Designers
SN People who creat patterns or pattern stitches.
BT People
RT Knitters
Doilies
SN Small, often intricate, pieces of knitting used to decorate furniture.
BT Home Decor
Double Pointed Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles with a tapered point on each end. Often used in circular knitting.
BT Knitting Needles
RT Circular Knitting
Dresses
BT Apparel
Equipment
NT Bobbins
Charts
Crochet Hooks
Knitting Needles
Patterns
Row Counters
Stitch Holders
Stitch Markers
Fabric Strips
SN Fabric cut or torn into narrow strips for use in knitting.
BT Fiberss
Fair Isle
SN Multicolored knitting style that originated in the Shetland Islands and usually consists of two colors in stockinette stitch. The unused color is carried across the back of the work (called stranding), creating a thicker fabric.
BT Styles
RT Argyle
Intarsia
Stockinette Stitch
Stranding
Fibers
SN Any string-like material used in knitting.
BT Supplies
NT Fabric Strips
Ribbons
Yarns
Finishing
SN Completing a knitted project by sewing it together, weaving in fiber ends, or adding buttons.
BT Activities
NT Binding Off
Blocking
Crocheting

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Garter Stitch
SN Formed by knitting or purling every row.
BT Pattern Stitches
RT Knit Stitches
Purl Stitches
Gauge
SN The number of stitches per inch and/or the number of rows per inch.
BT Properties
RT Swatches
Tension
Graphs
USE Charts
Hats
BT Accessories
Home Decor
BT Products
NT Afghans
Doilies
Pillows
Throws
Increasing
SN Adding another stitch to those already on the needle. Used to make the fabric wider.
BT shaping
RT Decreasing
Intarsia
SN Multicolored knitting style that uses bobbins to hold the various colors, which are not carried across the back of the work.
BT Styles
RT Argyle
Bobbins
Fair Isle
Ivory Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles made of ivory.
BT Knitting Needles
RT Bone Knitting Needles

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Knit
USE Knitting
Knit Stitches
SN Basic knitting stitch in which the loop of the stitch is behind the fabric.
BT Basic Stitches
RT Garter Stitch
Purl Stitches
Knitters
SN Person who knits.
BT People
RT Designers
Knitting
SN Creating a gabric from a single continuous strand of fiber using knitting needles to interlock successive rows of the fiber.
BT Activities
NT Circular Knitting
UF Knit
Knitting in the Round
USE Circular Knitting
Knitting Needles
SN Sticks of a specific diameter with a point on one end and a dam on the other end to kepp the stitches from slipping off.
BT Equipment
NT 0-4 Size Knitting Needles
10 Inch Knitting Needles
14 Inch Knitting Needles
5-8 Size Knitting Needles
6 Inch Knitting Needles
9-14 Size Knitting Needles
Bamboo Knitting Needles
Bone Knitting Needles
Cable Needles
Circular Knitting Needles
10 Inch Knitting Needles
Double Pointed Knitting Needles
Ivory Knitting Needles
Metal Knitting Needles
Plastic Knitting Needles
Straight Knitting Needles
Lace
SN Style of knitting in which increasing and decreasing stitches are alternated to create holes that imitate lace.
BT Styles
RT Decreasing
Increasing
Llama Yarns
SN Yarns made of llama wool.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Angora Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Silk Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Wool Yarns

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Man-Made Fiber Yarns
SN Yarns made of man-made fibers.
BT Yarns
NT Acrylic Yarns
Nylon Yarns
Polyester Yarns
Rayon Yarns
RT Natural Fiber Yarns
Metal Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles made of metal, such as aluminum or steel.
BT Knitting Needles
NT Aluminum Knitting Needles
Steel Knitting Needles
Mittens
BT Accessories
Mohair Yarns
SN Yarns made of Angora goat hair.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Angora Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Llama Yarns
Silk Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Wool Yarns
Moss Stitch
SN Formed by alternating a knit stitch and a purl stitch across each row, producing an uneven surface that may remind one of moss or seeds.
BT Pattern Stitches
UF Seed Stitch
Natural Fiber Yarns
SN Yarns made of fibers from natural sources.
BT Yarns
NT Animal Fiber Yarns
Plant Fiber Yarns
RT Man-Made Fiber Yarns
Nylon Yarns
SN Yarns made with nylon.
BT Man-Made Fiber Yarns
RT Acrylic Yarns
Polyester Yarns
Rayon Yarns

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Pattern Stitches
SN A series of stitches that form a pattern.
BT Stitches
NT Bobble Stitches
Cable Stitches
Garter Stitch
Moss Stitch
Ribbing Stitch
Stockinette Stitch
RT Swatches
Patterns
SN Instructions for knitting a project.
BT Equipments
RT Charts
People
NT Designers
Knitters
Pillows
BT Home Decor
Plant Fiber Yarns
SN Yarns made of fibers from plant sources.
BT Natural Fiber Yarns
NT Cotton Yarns
Ramie Yarns
Plastic Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles made of plastic.
BT Knitting Needles
Polyester Yarns
SN Yarns made with polyester fiber.
BT Man-Made Fiber Yarns
RT Acrylic Yarns
Nylon Yarns
Rayon Yarns
Products
SN Item created by knitting.
NT Accessories
Apparel
Home Decor
Swatches
Properties
NT Gauge
Tension
Purl Stitches
SN Basic knitting stitch in which the loop of the stitch is on the front of the fabric.
BT Basic Stitches
RT Knit Stitch
Ramie Yarns
SN Yarns made with rayon fiber.
BT Man-Made Fiber Yarns
RT Cotton Yarns
Rayon Yarns
SN Yarns made with rayon fiber.
BT Man-Made Fiber Yarns
RT Acrylic Yarns
Nylon Yarns
Polyester Yarns
Ribbing Stitch
SN Stretchable fabric created by alternating knit and purl stitches on one row and then purl and knit stitches on the next row, resulting in a ribbed pattern.
BT Pattern Stitches
Ribbons
SN Narrow strip of flat or tubular fabric.
BT Fibers
Row Counters
SN Objects used to keep track of how many rows have been knitted.
BT Equipment

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Scarves
BT Accessories
Seed Stitch
USE Moss Stitch
Shaping
SN Increasing and decreasing stitches in the rows to adjust the width of the fabric to create the desired shape.
BT Activities
NT Decreasing
Increasing
Shawls
BT Accessories
Silk Yarns
SN Yarns made of silk.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Angora Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Llama Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Wool Yarns
Skirts
BT Apparel
Slippers
SN Foot coverings, generally worn indoors.
BT Apparel
RT Booties
Sport Weight Yarns
SN Slender, medium weight yarn that is a little lighter than worsted weight yarn.
BT Yarns
RT Worsted Weight Yarns
Steel Knitting Needles
SN Knitting needles made of steel.
BT Metal Knitting Needles
RT Aluminum Knitting Needles
Stitch Holders
SN Often shaped like giant safety pins, these are used to hold stitches when an area is not being knitted.
BT Equipment
RT Stitch Markers
Stitch Markers
SN Usually shaped like small rings, these are slipped onto the knitting needle between stitches to mark the beginning or end of a stitch pattern as an aid to the knitter.
BT Equipment
RT Pattern Stitches
Stitch Holders
Stitches
NT Basic Stitches
Pattern Stitches
Stockinette Stitch
SN Formed by alternating rows of knits stitches with rows of purl stitches. One side is quite smooth and the other somewhat rough.
BT Pattern Stitches
RT Knit Stitches
Purl Stitches
Straight Knitting Needles
SN Tapered stitcks of a specific diameter with a point on one end and a dam on the other end to keep the stitches from slipping off.
BT Knitting Needles
Stranding
SN Carrying an unused color of yarn across the back of the fabric until it is needed again.
BT Activities
RT Fair Isle
Styles
SN Knitting styles may differ in color patterns or by structure.
NT Aran
Argyle
Fair Isle
NT Intarsia
Lace
Supplies
NT Buttons
Fibers
Swatches
SN Sample of knitted fabric using the fiber and size needles in order to check for gauge and tension, or as a sample of a pattern stitch or pattern of stitches.
BT Products
RT Gauge
Pattern Stitches
NT Tension
Sweaters
BT Apparel

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Tension
SN How tightly the fiber is knit.
BT Properties
RT Gauge
Swatches
Throws
BT Home Decor
RT Afghans
Unraveling
SN Pulling out stitches or rows of stitches.
BT Activities
Vests
BT Apparel
Vicuna Yarns
SN Yarns made of silk.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Angora Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Llama Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Silk Yarns
Wool Yarns
Wool Yarns
SN Yarns made of silk.
BT Animal Fiber Yarns
NT Alpaca Yarns
Angora Yarns
Cashmere Yarns
Llama Yarns
Mohair Yarns
Silk Yarns
Vicuna Yarns
Worsted Weight Yarns
SN A medium weigh yarn that is quite common, and a little heavier than sport weight yarn.
BT Yarnss
RT Sport Weight Yarns
Yarns
SN String-like material composed of one or more plies of twisted fiber. Most common choice of knitting fiber. It is readily available in many colors, plies, weights, and materials.
BT Fibers
NT 1 Ply Yarns
2 Ply Yarns
3 Ply Yarns
4 Ply Yarns
Baby Weight Yarns
Chunky Weight Yarns
Man-Made Fiber Yarns
Natural Fiber Yarns
Sport Weight Yarns
Worsted Weight Yarns

Last update: 31 August 2003