- Knit is stretchy and flexible
Since knit fabric forms from a series of loops, it’s incredibly stretchy and flexible, so it can adapt to your shape as you wear it. This makes it perfect for zipperless, form-fitting garments, like the pictured bella double weave jacket above. It’s also a very wrinkle-resistant fabric, so it’ll bounce back into shape when you crumple it up in your hand or toss it in the dryer.
- Cable knitting
Cable knitting is a style of knitting where you cross stitches over each other to create a fancy weaved texture. This can look intimidating, but it’s surprisingly simple once you know the technique! You can start by casting on 18 stitches onto your needles, using a size that’s right for your yarn (check out this blog post for tips on how to find the correct needle size for your project). Then, work three rows of straight knitting. When you get to the fourth row, begin working your cables. When working a cable pattern, it’s important to keep in mind that the abbreviations for the instructions often give one symbol for the entire cable section, so if you see “C4F” on your chart, this means to knit the first three stitches of the cable with a left twist, then to purl the last three stitches of the cable with a right twist.
When you work a cable, it’s common for small holes or gaps to appear in your fabric. This is because you’re twisting the stitch and rearranging its order, which creates a different effect than just regular knitting. This is completely normal and doesn’t mean you’re making a mistake! knit