Written by Sylvia Duke
This badge is for those who already know how to knit and would like to learn some new techniques and to improve their skills. Please choose optional requirements that are complementary to your skill level.
Dolphin Level: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred *
Butterfly Level: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred *
Eagle Level: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred *
Owl Level: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred *
____ 1.* Earn the Knitting Badge at your level. Learn to read a knitting pattern. You should be familiar with the following common abbreviations:
beg; cm; cont; dec; garter st; inc; k; k2tog; kwise; m1; p; psso; pwise; rem; rep; sl st; st st; tbl; tog; repeat from *; ( ).
____ 2.* Before knitting a garment, it is important to understand what tension is and how to check the tension of your knitting with that for the pattern. Learn what tension is and how it can affect your knitting. Learn how to knit a tension square before starting your item. Learn why it is important to use the correct weight yarn for your item.
____ 3. Learn two new ways of casting on stitches (Examples: long tail cast-on, two-needle cast on; stranded cast-on; provisional cast-on). What are the different kinds of casting on most suited for?
____ 4. Learn how to read a knitting chart. Knit an item using a knitting chart pattern.
____ 5. Learn how to do picture knitting. It requires special techniques to knit a picture in different colored yarns. Knit something which has a picture in it. This does not have to be a complicated pattern: there are simple geometric designs that you can try!
____ 6. Learn how to knit using the ridged technique. Knit an item, such as a tea-cosy or toilet-roll cover, using this technique.
____ 7. Learn how to knit “short rows” of knitting. Knit an item that uses “short rows." A ruffled scarf would be a simple article.
____ 8. There are many, many different knitting techniques, such as modular knitting, knitting from the top down, circular knitting, seamless knitting, patchwork knitting, heirloom knitting, etc. Visit a hobby/craft shop and look at books on the various techniques available. With parental permission you may go online and look at knitting books and visit knitting sites and look at patterns. Some sites offer free patterns. Choose a technique you have never done before and knit an article using that technique. You may repeat this requirement for each new technique you learn.
____ 9. Knitting items in different historical fashion styles is also popular. Jane Austen Knits is a magazine devoted to knitting in the Regency style of fashion. There are books with knitting inspired by Medieval patterns, Tudor patterns, Anne of Green Gables novels, Victorian themes. Choose a time period that you are interested in and find a knitting pattern for a piece of clothing or accessory item that would be appropriate for that time and knit the item.
____ 10. Knitting for pets is becoming more popular and there are many patterns available. Knit an item of clothing for a pet.
____ 11. Make or add to your book of sample squares of different knitting stitch patterns. Learn five new knitting stitch patterns and make a sample square of each pattern. Examples of stitch patterns would be Wickerwork pattern; Grain of Wheat pattern; Rick-rack Rib; Tulip pattern; Basket stitch, and many more! Attach each square to a piece of card and label each pattern.
____ 12. Learn how to knit cable patterns. Knit a tension-square with a cable pattern in it. Attach your square to a piece of card and label the pattern. Research the history of Aran/Fishermen’s Sweaters. Find the meanings of three of the stitch patterns used in them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aran_sweater is a good place to start.
____ 13. Learn about the development of Knitters Gilds. Why were these necessary and how did they help to preserve the art of knitting? Are Gilds/Guilds still in existence today?
____ 14. Knit an item of clothing for yourself eg; a cardigan, shrug, vest, sweater, shawl, cowl, capelet. If you did this for the Knitting Badge, you must make a different item for this badge.
____ 15. Knit a layette for a baby. This should include a hat, booties, and/or cardigan/matinee jacket.
____ 16. Research the history of knitted lace. Learn how to knit one lace pattern. You may either knit a length of lace and stitch it to a garment or pillow OR knit a lace pattern scarf. For more information see http://www.knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/profile/020704_a.asp (there is a Feather and Fan scarf pattern at the bottom of the page).
____ 17. Learn how to knit socks. Learn which types of yarn are most suitable. Find a simple pattern and knit a pair of socks.
____ 18. Learn what Entrelac knitting is and knit an item using this method.
____ 19. Learn to knit “in the round”. Round knitting is popular for hats. Knit an item made in the round.
____ 20. Learn about knitting from another culture. Fair Isle, Norwegian, Faroe, Flemish, Tyrolean, Eriskay, Bolivian, Icelandic, Yugoslavian knitting are different examples. Learn the special techniques particular to the culture you are studying and knit a piece in that style. You may repeat this requirement for each different style of knitting studied.
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