Mabel Caston is a knitting instructor with a love for teaching others the joy of knitting. She specializes in helping beginners learn the basics and build their skills.
Hey there! I'm Mabel Caston, and I'm here to help you unravel the mystery of the K18 turn in knitting. So, what exactly does a K18 turn mean? Let's dive in!
When you see the term "K18 turn" in a knitting pattern, it refers to a specific technique used to create a neat and tidy edge on your work. The "K" stands for knit, and the number 18 represents the number of stitches you'll be working with.
To execute a K18 turn, follow these steps:
1. Knit the first 18 stitches as you normally would. Insert your right needle into the stitch on the left needle, wrap the yarn around the right needle from back to front, and pull it through the stitch. Slip the stitch off the left needle, and you've completed one knit stitch.
2. Once you've knitted those first 18 stitches, it's time to turn your work. To do this, simply take your right needle and move it from your right hand to your left hand, and vice versa. This flips your knitting around, so the side you were just working on is now facing away from you.
3. Now, here's the trick: Instead of continuing to knit the next row, you'll be purling the next 18 stitches. Purling is the opposite of knitting. Instead of inserting your right needle from left to right, you'll insert it from right to left. Wrap the yarn around the right needle from front to back, and pull it through the stitch. Slip the stitch off the left needle, and you've completed one purl stitch.
4. After you've purled those 18 stitches, turn your work again. Move your right needle back to your right hand and your left needle back to your left hand. This will put you in position to start the next row.
The K18 turn is often used in patterns that require a neat edge, such as scarves, blankets, or garments. It creates a smooth transition between rows and prevents the edges from curling or looking messy.
Remember, the K18 turn is just one of many techniques you'll encounter in knitting. If you're new to knitting, don't worry if it feels a bit tricky at first. With practice, it will become second nature.
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