Leisure Arts' "No Rules Knitting at the Teen Knit Cafe" provides a roundup of the basics for knitters of all ages in the backdrop of a group of teens knitting at a cafe.
Knitter Chelsea Povall shares basics and tips and talks with the teens about different ways to use basic stitches to make unique projects.
Learning the Basics
"No Rules Knitting at the Teen Knit Cafe" explains the basics of yarn and needle selection, making a slip knot and doing a long-tail cast on, knitting, purling, and binding off in knit and purl (English style only), how to weave in ends, join a new ball of yarn and four ways of joining basic squares together to make a bigger project, including:
- running stitch
- whip stitch
- joining pieces together with safety pins
These ideas help new knitters to see that you can do a lot of different things even without increasing and decreasing (which are not covered on the DVD).
It also describes different projects that can be used with different fabrics -- Garter, Stockinette and ribbing -- as well as binding off in pattern.
A section on fixing mistakes deals with dropped stitches, tinking (which it calls ripping back) and why and how to fix the problem of too many stitches on the needle.
Patterns are presented, on screens with the instructions written out, all of which are knit squares and rectangles, including scarves, hats, rings, legwarmers, wrist warmers, ear warmers, a lip balm cover, an iPod cover, a bracelet or cuff, a rug and a blanket.
Having to fire up the DVD to get a pattern could be annoying, but because the patterns are so simple you could easily write them down.
As mentioned earlier, there is no talk of increasing and decreasing on this DVD, so its use is rather limited to young people who want to learn how to knit but don't know of anyone who can teach them.
The music and some of the production elements of "No Rules Knitting at the Teen Knit Cafe" are rather cheesy, but the real kids (even if they're not new knitters) are nice. It's good to show teens who might not have peers who knit that this really is something young people do. Perhaps after watching the DVD and trying some of the basic patterns a teen might be inspired to start her or his own group of teen knitters.
Publication date: 2007.