May be a good read if you already understand basic construction and knitting terms but want to improve. Skip the third row, and knit up a stitch in each of the fourth and fifth rows. Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2018. Your sweater should be like your own favorite original recipes — like nobody else's on earth.And a good thing too.Copyright © 1971 Elizabeth Zimmermann. It is not an essential part of knitting.Ribbing may be as elaborately ornamented with various cables and fancy stitches as you please, and is the foundation of the lovely Aran fisherman patterns from Ireland. When finishing a pointed garter stitch hood, knit to the middle of the row and fold the sides together.Now keep working the first two steps of stocking stitch weaving: *Pull wool through first st on Front Needle as if to knit. Then one stitch, then two together again, then one stitch, then two, and so on, up to the top of the piece.You will have 2/3 as many rows in the "seam" as in the garment itself. There is a similar pocket for which you plan ahead by knitting in a thread of contrasting wool, but this one cannot be caused to disappear without a trace. It may seem tight at first, but a good pull will stretch it into shape. I use it a great deal for its severe simplicity. Chapter 1 The Opinionated Knitter Anyway, hems are much better off without a tight, neat or, alternatively, a loose, untidy casting-off. Knitting Without Tears $ 18.00. But you may be forgiven for disbelieving the result. Most knitters who work this way need three movements for each stitch: needle in, wrap wool around it, pull stitch through.Left-handed knitters are usually those with a Continental European background (although I have noticed some Europeans knitting right-handed). Don't. Softcover 128 pages Unravel the cut ends carefully for ten stitches to right and to left, and you will have made a neat 20-stitch opening. Leave stitch on. This is one way of achieving a "famous masterpiece of taste and imagination." If you remember to purl the bottom 20 stitches on the first round, your front pocket-edge will have a good sharp fold-line. However, the former perhaps best expresses Zimmermann's knitting philosophy. Or you may knit into the back of the K stitches only. A fallacious argument if ever I heard one, but let us refute it by putting in imitation seams, which are rather good things anyway, and a neat and mysterious feat of skill to boot. I will, on occasion, use an 11" needle for making Norwegian mittens in color patterns. When I tell you that once in the latter stages of an ambitious project I had well over a thousand stitches on a 24" needle, would you believe me? For a 200-stitch sweater, cast on 180 stitches, work an inch or so for the hem, then K9, Make 1, around. Slip all first stitches unless you belong to the school which frowns — or even scowls — on this practice. Pick up the first stitch you cast off in the previous row (it should have the same running-thread as the stitch next to it; the first one on the left needle). I enjoy the writing very much - motherly, kind, funny. ... Notes. That is to say, you can weave the top of one piece to the bottom of another piece, but you cannot weave the tops of two pieces together; the pattern will be half a stitch off. This casting-on consists of loops formed around a needle and a contrasting auxiliary wool. Have you ever started a sweater without enough yarn from the same dye lot to finish it? Neaten the two corners with the unravelled wool. Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes (9780684135052) by Zimmermann, Elizabeth and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices. Watch caps, socks, slippers, mittens, and more! A #6 aluminum needle has been known to furnish an excellent emergency shearpin for an outboard motor. I think you will notice quite a difference.Sewing-upThis is second only to purling as a knitters' nemesis, which is why I avoid it where possible in designing. Something went wrong. Knitting Without Tears. Hold it up against you and space the buttons as you want them. You will think you now have the genesis of two appalling holes, but you are deceived. This is because of the marked tendency of neck-backs to become loose in their ways. Take out the knitting needle; without screaming, please; the stitches can't go anywhere; and — for the first few times, anyway — baste the hem flat with thread. Take stitch off. One could. Shall it contain a modest pattern? I've started writing my own patterns, and they do work! But one thing is certain — never knit a knot. Keep AW parallel to, and under, needle. Years ago you had your choice of wood, bone, steel, or luxurious tortoiseshell and ivory. Then come the true seamless ones, yoke sweater, raglan, saddle-shoulder, and the new "Hybrid." The second helps when that tricky hole appears at the ankles of socks (knit into the back of the loose stitch). In the course of time, as was then the custom, our family fell under the sway of governesses; a teaching-in-the-schoolroom governess for the older children, and a Swiss nursery-governess for the baby. I'm sure you know one way of decreasing-just work two stitches together (K2 tog.) A bright one or a subtle? Quite simple. Can anything be done about those steps that appear when you are casting off the shoulder-back at the rate of, for instance, five stitches at the beginning of each row? This is how to do it: Knot wool (W) with a piece of Auxiliary Wool (AW). I quote her: "SSK: slip the first and second stitches knitwise, one at a time, then insert the tip of left-hand needle into the fronts of these two stitches from the left, and knit them together from this position. Someone else may have thought of it, and forgotten it again. Instead of casting off, for instance. They come in sets of two, with knobs, for working back and forth, or in sets of four, without knobs, for circular knitting. Think of the frustrating periods of time we spend just waiting; waiting for the coffee to boil; waiting in the car; waiting until the fish bite; waiting until somebody else's favorite program is over and we can switch channels; we all have our own particular waits. Always finish garments made in this stitch extra-neatly on the inside — one never knows.Garter stitch has a very pronounced grain, caused by the ridges of its construction, and it is fascinating to employ it running both horizontally and vertically, so that it catches light and shadow differently. Row 2. However, my designs may be executed in any stitch pattern that takes your fancy, as long as you reproduce the shaping correctly.Stocking stitch likes to curl; towards you from the top and the bottom; away from you at the sides. It once saved us seven miles of paddling. Two movements — needle in: wool through and off. Knit a fifth stitch. Keep repeating this process, which is faster and more effective than you would think. To me it looks like the original book was just photocopied onto poor Quality A4 paper and bound with a cardstock weight cover! The book’s appendix is filled with valuable tips, charts, and worksheets. This gives an unusually neat turn, and a purl round is unnecessary. Knitting Without Tears (KWT) was published in 1971, has 128 pages, and was written by Elizabeth Zimmerman (EZ). You can put your hair up? Give it a breathy patting on the wrong side with the steam iron, and you will find that you have a fine, flat, unflaring hem. As far as I can see, that just about wraps up the possibilities, but I have been fooled before in like circumstances, and who can tell?Thus you will see that out of my innocent aversion to purling and sewing-up have come comfortable and functional sweaters, which hundreds — perhaps thousands — of knitters enjoy so much that they make them again and again.All designs given are for 40" sweaters on 200 stitches at a gauge of 5 stitches to 1". Tapestry needles are all right for fine wool, but they cause knitting worsted and the heavier wools to bulk up behind the eye, and to have to be dragged through the fabric. The identical GAUGE may be easily and calmly achieved by a loose knitter on, say, #5 needles.If you are a beginning knitter, don't try to knit tightly in order to make your work look neat.If you are a habitually tight knitter, try to kick the habit.Loose knitting tends to make your stitches look somewhat uneven, but what of it? Yes, indeed. It is very decorative, extremely tight and firm, and goes as follows:Knit 3 stitches. If you can find some of those markers like small safety pins with no eyes, take several cards. When you get it to where the trouble is, fix the error, and crochet-hook the stitch up again. It is also quicker to write and easier on the tongue and teeth; try it. One row of purl on a stocking stitch fabric stands out sharply, and makes an excellent turn line for a hem. Try various kinds of needles to see which kind you prefer, and build up a collection of the sizes and lengths most often used. Garter stitch garments are sewn up this way, and have almost invisible seams. Sew the hem down, stitch for stitch, taking just a skimming of the sweater fabric, and keeping the stitches good and loose, so that the hem will stretch as much as the sweater if necessary.And there you are. This is the method. I rarely cast off if I can avoid it, and beginning and intermediate knitters may also welcome a way of avoiding it. (In stocking stitch the Vs are all on one side; the knobs all on the other.) For the first row, knit into the loops on the needle as you would into cast-on stitches. There is no sense in weaving unless the result is absolutely undetectable; if this is impossible I think it is better to have a good honest organic seam.BordersMy current favorite is the garter stitch border, which is easy, firm, flat, and the same on both sides. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for KNITTING BOOKS ,KNITTING WITHOUT TEARS,KNITTERS BOOK OF FINISHING TECHNIQUES at the best … (Not advisable for ribbing.) Since the strands or plies can be of any thickness, it is clear that the thickness of wool does not depend on the number of plies but on the thickness of the individual ply. Mark the exact point, and horrors! It not only looks well, but it also helps greatly when the time comes for blocking or for folding the sweater.You can even make a phoney seam on a old, already-completed sweater. "When decreases come in pairs, as they frequently do, you should always employ both of these methods, or your shaping will not appear symmetrical. Several of these start at the bottom on sleeves and body; the three pieces are united at the underarm, and the shoulders or yoke are worked last. by Elizabeth Zimmermann. (Prices may vary for AK and HI.). Put this stitch on the left needle and knit two together. Then it gets dirty and you wash it. When you cast on, do you end up with a tail of yarn that's maddeningly too long or too short? This is quite simply achieved by putting a firm backward loop over the right needle (A). It may be executed in two ways; either by working back and forth on two needles in alternate rows of knit and purl, or by knitting around continuously on a circular needle, or on four needles, to form a circular seamless fabric. If the outer coating has worn off, watch out when using them with natural oily wool (sometimes called "boot wool"). Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman, 9780684135052, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. A well-made sweater, knitted with good will and good wool, is beyond price; why try to save a dollar on the material?Consult the nice expert in the wool shop, and if she doesn't suggest taking an extra skein as insurance against running short, take one anyway. Slip the first stitch off the needle. Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2018. If you don't get it right the first time, let it down again, and give it another try. Consequently the borders of anything made in this stitch should be made in a stitch that will not curl, such as garter stitch, seed stitch, or ribbing. Repeat from *; two steps forward, one step back, two steps forward, one step back. Most of you know enough to compensate for this, and work out of the stitch logically, whichever way it presents itself to you, but it poses a problem to some knitters. Stitches are then raveled going left and right from this snipped stitch (Figure 4). This phenomenon occurs because each stitch is infinitesimally shorter on the front than on the back, and infinitesimally wider horizontally. But the game wasn't worth the candle, except as a feat of skill. This makes the stitch particularly suitable for blankets, afghans, and, above all, baby clothes. ... socks, slippers, mittens, and more! A perfectionist may take out one of the ends from this double stitch, make half a square knot with both ends, and darn in lightly as above, after checking the tension carefully on the right side.When joining in a different colored wool, the above method is of course impractical, as a double stitch with two colors would be unsightly. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. In Europe they come in fives, as there the sock itself is on four needles, with the fifth one used for knitting. When you cast on, do you end up with a tail of yarn that's maddeningly too long or too short? It is excellent as a background for patterns such as cables, or the intricate convolutions of Aran (fisherman) sweater-patterns. Seamless patterned-yoke sweaters. If you wish to decrease two stitches in one fell swoop, then slip one, knit two together, and pass the slipped stitch over. Have you ever started a sweater without enough yarn from the same dye lot to finish it? Maybe more experienced knitters would have known that--I just did not. Skip the sixth row; work into the seventh and eighth rows, and so on up the front. Cherish them.CelluloidThe famous old fire hazard, but why sit so close to the candle? Tied in with the principle of curl and counter-curl is the fact that the edges will never curl. ]; KW ([Please read my review Take stitch off. This has been limited to only one method. Is it because as children we are taught to knit first, and are then presented with purling as the second and more difficult step? Why don't you try just one garter stitch border and see how it suits your taste and temperament?Suppose you have a nice cardigan on hand, finished except for the front and neck borders. The lanolin in the wool causes the metal to blacken, and this will come off on your knitting. 1 customer review $18.00 $14.40 20% off Do you love to knit but hate to purl? five stitches at the beginning of the rows, get rid of one of the stitches at the end of the previous row, by working the last two stitches together; then you only have to cast off four stitches. I must somehow combine it with Shetland and come up with an acceptable result.Whichever way you slice it, the sweater will have a heavy border, as the new wool is so much thicker. The obvious upshot was that I used to practice secretly, soon became addicted, and, after merciful release from this particular governess, came out into the open with my foreign habit, and have never looked back.One advantage of this episode is that my method of holding the wool is a little unusual, as I was self-taught. When making a cardigan I always put buttonholes on both sides, so that it can change its gender easily. The year was 1920, and the English governess, noticing my unorthodox way of knitting, uncompromisingly forbade the practice of anything as despicable as the German way of knitting. I found myself "you-tubing" to help me understand what I needed to do such as "pick-up and knit". Save a few yards of the original color for one of the last patterns, and the whole thing will look as if it had been planned.NEEDLESNeedles are made of so many materials that you can go dizzy taking your pick. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques... book by Elizabeth Zimmermann. All I assert is that I have never seen it or heard of it before.This casting-off is a facsimile of casting-on.Cast-off in Outline Stitch3. With all the advantages of this method, why do I stubbornly continue to use the long-tail method? Just a minute while I do it.It worked. First I will blend the two colors and textures by the use of a small-repeat one-to-one pattern. Place the needle in the right hand between W and AW and hold wools taut in left hand with AW above. And so on; like regular casting-off, except with three stitches instead of two. No matter how careful you are to keep it on the wrong side, it usually pops through to the right side to haunt you. If the skein has an unusual number of knots — say more than three — drop a card to the manufacturer, telling him the dye lot. These are later darned in lightly for about an inch, with a large sharp needle, and snipped off. This gap I am valiantly trying to fill.Circular needles are now beyond reproach, as far as durability goes. I feel strongly about knitting.What follows is an attempt to explain some of the ideas that come while designing knitted garments, and during the pleasant hours spent working on the plain straight pieces.I am taking it for granted that you are already familiar with the rudiments of the craft.Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.When I say properly practiced, I mean executed in a relaxed manner, without anxiety, strain, or tension, but with confidence, inventiveness, pleasure, and ultimate pride.If you hate to knit, why, bless you, don't; follow your secret heart and take up something else. — including Fair Isle, helix, and tubular — in detailed step-by-step photographic sequences. The afterthought heel, a term coined by Elizabeth Zimmermann in her book Knitting Without Tears(Fireside Books, 1971), isn’t placed until after the leg and foot of the sock are complete. I am not a sweater knitter. It looks best on women's and children's clothes.Phoney SeamsOpponents of circular sweaters — and there are unfortunately some — take as one argument the theory that being without seams, circular sweaters don't hang together properly. Bends when sat upon, but is easily bent back.Plastic or NylonSplendid for those who like flexible needles.Walrus TuskIt is pure boasting to mention these. Garter stitch has no right or wrong side — both sides are the same. Fine knitting gives you many more hours of your favorite hobby before you have to sally forth and make another capital investment.Discrepancies will occur between dye lots; even with white, even with black. Sandpaper helps them too.SteelThe original clicking needles, which come in small sizes, for socks and lace. The wool runs over it and under the other three fingers, which manage quite happily to regulate the tension. Pulling out AW when knitting is completed will release the loops to be picked up and knitted down, or woven. How often one wishes that one could, in an emergency, turn a baby's sweater inside out. Knitting Without Tears - Elizabeth Zimmermann. Well this Sewn Casting-off really looks more like casting-on. Two tops can only be woven together in stocking stitch or in garter stitch. Weaving took place at home, but knitting could accompany the shepherd, the sailor, the woman walking to the fields, anybody who at any time had idle hands.Today knitting can still fill odd moments. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Please try your request again later. If you have ever taken out the absolute lowest row of casting-on — the part that looks like embroidered outline stitch — you may have noticed that it is in reality very much like outline stitch, being a species of overcasting which links the stitches by pairs. Twenty-five pairs of socks a year. Slip first stitch off needle. Let us see if ruse and subterfuge will solve my problems.I am greatly helped in my undertaking by having run out of wool. Knitting Without Tears quantity. You will notice that I say "knit up" and not "pick up." It has a disadvantage, as it cannot be ripped, but must be taken out, stitch by stitch, if necessary. The ends are darned in later, and will never show. Let me put an end to this catechism and tell you that I join in a new ball of wool, always, by working just one stitch with both wools together, the old and the new, leaving 3" tails hanging down on the wrong side. Which one you use first and which second is up to you, depending on the final results wanted, but be consistent. Heavens, a KNOT? Search results for: knitting-without-tears. Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. On the row on which they are made you may wish to decrease away about one quarter of the back-of-neck stitches (K2, K2 tog across). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2019. It is really worthwhile to train yourself, when purling, to come at the thread from below, and then up in front of it, and down. It is then only a matter of uniting the various tubes by knitting them together, or sometimes weaving them together, and we could, if he desired them, make long-johns for an octopus.Later chapters in this book contain examples of my seamless sweaters more or less in the order in which they were designed. An edge of this kind is good-looking, and doesn't curl much, and it may be most successfully joined by taking a knot from each side alternately. If you are determined to have a one-color garment, intersperse a few purl rounds where the dye lot change occurs. I have been using the classic unsurpassable pale gray Shetland — six stitches to one inch. After you have made one of these sweaters, you may wish to change the percentages a bit to suit your taste, or the shape of the wearer. Break wool, leaving a good working length, which is threaded through a blunt wool needle. Those who ride daily to work could finish a sock in a week if they would spend the time knitting. Put needle back through the first stitch as if to knit, from left to right. You just don't want to knit, so why pretend that you do? If you want to make a sock and can find only three #2 needles, add unto them a #1 or a #3; it will make very little difference if you are a loose knitter. The result is the same. Sweaters made in all-rib tend to adhere inordinately, so if you want to wear a ribbed sweater and retain your dignity, be sure that it has many more stitches than you would think possible.If you twist all the stitches in ribbing — that is, knit into the back of the K stitches and purl into the back of the P stitches — you will attain a very elastic ribbing, indeed, and a very elegant one.