Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric for use in many types of garments.
Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. Knitting has multiple active stitches on the needle at one time. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of interlocking loops. As each row progresses, a newly created loop is pulled through one or more loops from the prior row, placed on the gaining needle, and the loops from the prior row are then pulled off the other needle.
Knitting may be done by hand or by using a machine.
Different types of yarns (fibre type, texture, and twist), needle sizes, and stitch types may be used to achieve knitted fabrics with different properties (color, texture, weight, heat retention, look, water resistance, and/or integrity).
Artist Profile: Dina Powers
I taught myself to knit when I was 12 years old. I knit the traditional way (with two needles), but I have also owned two full-sized knitting machines and an antique sock knitting machine. I prefer hand-knitting, as it is more portable and I find it more relaxing.
I find the more complicated the pattern, whether it involves a variety of lace stitches, color-work or unusual construction, the more I like it. I always have a more simple project on the needles that is easily transported and can be worked while visiting with friends. But at home, I enjoy the challenge a more complicated pattern provides.
I make all types of projects. From socks and sweaters, to tablecloths and pictures. All my free time is spent knitting. I haven't retired yet, but I have projects lined up that will keep me busy forever!