Long-Tail Cast On

Lithuanians use a standard long-tail cast on, and the illustrations in knitting books always show the cast on worked with two needles held together. This makes the stitches on the cast on larger than normal, which makes knitting the first row much easier. You can get the same result by using a needle several sizes […]

Lithuanian Knitting Techniques

Knitting with Seed Beads

Knitting with Beads Using only garter stitch and small glass beads, Lithuanian knitters have traditionally created beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs. The beads are strung onto the yarn before stitches are cast on for knitting. Many of these wristers are decorated with crochet trim stitches—worked with or without beads. Seed beads are used for these […]

Lithuanian Knitting Techniques

Baltic Braid

  This decorative braid is popular in both Lithuania and Latvia. It is worked by making three rounds with two colors, changing colors after every stitch. The first round is knit and the second two rounds are purled. On the purl round, the floats create the braid pattern. It is very important to pick up […]

Lithuanian Knitting Techniques


Right Slanting Decrease (Knit 2 together from the “top”/front) A right-slanting decrease (k2tog in English books) is knit two together from the “top” or through the front loop. This is the most basic decrease in knitting. With “grandmother’s knitting,” this would be like knitting through the back loops, except that the stitches are turned around so […]

Lithuanian Knitting Techniques

Knitting in Lithuania’s ethnographical regions

Even though Lithuania is a relatively small country, about the same size as West Virginia, it has five ethnographic regions. Each region has a unique natural environment and historical economic base, the people speak a distinct dialect, and – most importantly to us – there were interesting differences in traditional knitting patterns and clothing styles […]

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