Conception Activities: Knitting

Knitting is an excellent way to focus your energy on the goal of your getting pregnant journey: pregnancy. Knitting is also a great way in which to combat stress and other negative feelings that often accompany this journey, and can help improve your overall health, as well as your reproductive health, thereby improving fertility and your odds of getting pregnant. Plus, knitting clothes for your future baby is an excellent way in which to create his first outfit!

Here are some simple knitting steps to help you get started.

Slip Knot

The slip knot will be your first stitch. Holding the tail end of the yarn in your palm with your thumb, wind the yarn from the ball twice around your index and middle fingers.

In order to form a new loop, pull the strand attached to the ball through the loop between your two fingers.

Place the new loop on the needle. In order to tighten the new loop, pull on both ends of the yarn so as to form the slip knot. Make sure to leave a long tail when making the slip knot so as to prepare for casting on.

Casting On

Now that you have formed a slip knot on the needle (held in your right hand), wind the tail end around your left thumb. Over your left index finger wrap the yarn from the ball. Make sure to hold both ends in your palm.

Place the needle upwards in the loop on your thumb, then insert the needle behind the loop wound around your index finger. In order to form a stitch, use the needle to pull the yarn up from the ball.

Next, remove your thumb out of the loop and pull the tail end in order to tighten the stitch on the needle. Repeat the above steps until you reach the desired number of stitches.

Knit Stitch

In order to make a knit stitch, hold the needle with the stitch in your left hand, the first stitch being near the tip. Wrap the yarn around your fingers, holding the empty needle in your right hand.

Place the right needle from front to back into the first stitch on the left needle. Make sure to hold the right needle under the left needle. Keep the ball of yarn at the back.

Pull the yarn carefully between the two needles in order to bring the yarn under and over the right needle. If needed, use your right index finger in order to maneuver the yarn.

Using the right needle, catch the yarn in order to tug it through the stitch on the left needle. Slide the stitch off the left needle so as to leave the new stitch on the right. Repeat steps 2 to 4 so that all the new stitches are on the right needle.

Purl Stitch

Hold the empty needle in your right hand and the needle with the stitches in your left hand. For this stitch, unlike the one above, the yarn is held to the front.

Insert the right needle from back to front into the first stitch. The right needle should be placed in front of the left needle, and the yarn should be placed at the front of your work.

With your right index finger, wrap the yarn counter-clockwise around the right needle in a downward direction using your right index finger.

Draw the right needle and yarn backwards through the stitch on the left needle, forming a loop on the right needle. Slip the stitch off the left needle. Repeat steps 2 to 4 until all the new stitches are on the right needle.

Binding Off

Make two stitches. Insert the left-hand needle into the first stitch on the right needle.

Draw this stitch over the second stitch and off the right-hand needle.

Knit the next stitch. Insert the left-hand needle into the first stitch on the right needle until you have bound off a suitable number of stitches.

When there is one stitch remaining on the right hand needle, pull the yarn through the loop so as to fasten off the stitch.

Source: Vogue Knitting

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