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knitting basics


Knitting is a method by
which thread or yarn is
used to create a cloth.
Knitted fabric consists
of a number of
consecutive rows of
loops, called stitches.
As each row
progresses, a new loop
is pulled through an
existing loop. The active
stitches are held on a
needle until another loop
can be passed through
them. This process
eventually results in a
fabric, often used for
blankets or garments.
Knitting may be done by
hand or by machine.
There exist numerous
styles and methods of
hand knitting.
Different types of
yarns and needles may
be used to achieve a
plethora of knitted
materials; these tools
give the final piece a
different colour,
texture, weight, and/or
integrity. Other factors
that affect the end
result include the
needle's shape,
thickness and
malleability, as well as
the yarn's fibre type,
texture and twist.

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