Lithuanian Knitting Techniques

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Knitted Fringe

  Many times mittens are edged with a round of fringe around the cuff. In most cases, the fringe is knit in just after the cast on.   To work a looped fringe, cast on the desired number of stitches. Join to knit in the round. Purl 1 round or work 2 or more rounds […]

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