Question #1 has to do with creating flat panels: The question reads:
I can't seem to get started on flat single-sided knitting on a board or round loom. *Is* there a way to make a truly flat piece (non-curling) that is single-sided? Or do I have to resign myself to a knitting board and double-sided knitting?If one *can* make a single-sided flat piece, I would like to make a simple scarf. I need to know how to cast on, how to do the stitches, and how to cast off.
You can definitely create a flat panel that does not curl on a single sided rake/round loom. To prevent the curling, I recommend knitting a garter stitch edge at each side of the item as well as at the beginning and end of the item.
We will break this section into small parts: casting on for a flat panel, knitting on the flat panel, and removal of the flat panel.
The Garter Stitch on a knititng loom consists of the following:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat Row 1 & 2
Section 1: casting on for a flat panel. We will be using 12 pegs on any size loom, for my example, I am using the small blue knifty knitter knitting loom.
Section 2: Knitting on your flat panel. When knitting on your flat panel, you have a choice of creating a chain like edge at each side by slipping the first stitch of each row. Or you can knit the stitch. The choice is up to you. I like to slip the first stitch, but it is all personal preference.
The instructions below are for a panel of 12 stitches:
Row 1, 3, 5: Knit all 12 stitches
Row 2, 4: Purl all 12 stitches
Row: 6: Knit all 12 stitches
Row 7: Purl 3 stitches, knit 6 stitches, purl 3 stitches
Repeat Row 6 & 7 for the desired length of the item
Repeat Rows 1-5.
The garter stitch edging of the first 3 stitches and last 3 stitches will prevent the item from curling at the sides. The first and last 5 rows will prevent it from curling at the ends
Section 3: Binding off the flat panel. Binding off is the procedure of taking the knitted item off the knitting loom.
View the mini-video below to see all the steps to create a flat panel.