Episode 70: Knitting Japanese
This week we talk about our love of Japanese pattern books, offer some insight on how to read Japanese patterns, and point you to some online resources. We gear up for Stitches
Japanese pattern reading
Schematic with numbers: stitches to cast on, intended width, length, even the increases and decreases can be found on the schematic.
- How to read a schematic
- In the written instructions you can find gauge, needle size, some information about the yarn although the weights and amounts do not necessarily translate to yarns you know.
- The Basics
sizes are different (see the Basics article)
- Patterns are written in one size, you will need to rechart to fit you if you do not fit the specific pattern. You can find lessons on recharting here.
- Japanese Knitting & Crochet Group on Ravelry
- Finding patterns: On Ravelry I went to project search and searched the tag “Japanese” from there I could find the original pattern and the book it came from.
to find books Kinokuniya, Yes! Asia, Amazon.jp.
- You can also find photos on the Japanese Knitting Patterns blog and Crafting Japanese.
We will be there on Friday! Please say hi if you see us!
How you can help
- Oz Bushfire Appeal on Etsy
- Packages Down Under on Ravelry
at Serendipity blog
- Re-stash a Crafter
- Handmade Help
- U-Dot, Continental
- The Monster Song, Psapp