Working with textiles

Braids and knitting

There are many types of knitting suitable for senior pupils all of which can be created using a wide variety of textures and width of yarns.

In Finger Knitting a slip knot is created and this is the first ‘stitch’ which should be placed on the forefinger. Wrap the yarn around the same finger pulling it tight and pull the first stitch over the second tightening the yarn when the stitch has been made. Continue until there is a long strand made.

In Four Finger Knitting you create a slip knot and place it over the forefinger wrapping the yarn around the next three fingers in an under and over way creating the first row of ‘stitches’. On the next row, wrap the yarn around the fingers in the same way and then pull the first row of stitches over the second. Continue until a strip of knitted fabric has been created.

For Bobbin Knitting you will need to make a bobbin. A bobbin is a piece of wood which has a wide circular hole through the centre and to create the stitches, panel pins should be hammered into the top rim. The yarn is wrapped around the top pins once to create the first row of ‘stitches’, a second row of stitches is placed around the panel pins and the first row of stitches is then pulled off the pins over the second row. A narrow tube of stitches will move down the central hole of the bobbin and the rows should be continued until a long strand has been created. This can then be coiled to create a mat or applied onto fabric creating a raised effect.