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Knitting, Animated (3KCBWDAY5)

This post is part of Knitting & Crochet Blog Week. You can read all of last year’s posts here.

Last year for the experimental 5th day of Blog Week, I created ‘The Lonely Knitter’s Companion‘, an MP3 you can loop forever to keep you company as you knit. Since animated gifs seem to be making a comeback, I thought they would be a good medium to watch me knit… forever. :)

The purl gif in particular should come in handy when I want to quickly show people my easy purling technique on forums, etc. Please feel free to make use of them anywhere you like.

How I Cast On (longtail)

How I Knit

How I Purl

How I Cast Off

Smaller Versions

27th April, 2012  // Technique // tags: , , .


  1. Maya says:

    It’s always so interesting to see how other people knit – thank you!

  2. Sue says:

    have to agree with above, you knit differently to me

  3. Tecrin says:

    This is so cool to see, especially because thanks to your purling-clip, purling now suddenly makes sense to me!

  4. That so clever. I like the way you purl, but I can’t see myself changing the way I knit, though it does look interesting. Maybe I’ll give it a go one day.

  5. Tracy says:

    Really interesting to see thank you x

  6. Beth says:

    That looks rather bizarre to an English knitter, but very fascinating. Looks like lots of work went into today’s post.

    I’ll have to have a go, with you by my side for instruction

  7. Liz says:

    These are fantastic! Also you purl the same way I do, so now I don’t feel so odd, lol. I’ve never seen anyone else purl the same way in videos :)

  8. Alexandra says:

    I love this! :D Very interesting to see how you knit. I do everything the same way, but I only use my index finger on my left hand – I wrap the yarn around it twice.

  9. britt says:

    how fun! and fascinating.

  10. Annie Bee says:

    Hilarious! Your gifs are fantastic. What has me chuckling is that I also decided to do an animated gif for Day 5 of 3kcbw!

    Also — I’ve never seen anyone purl like that, but holy heck is it brilliant. Duly noted.

  11. kathy b says:

    WOnderful and now Im going listen to last years post of yours to!

  12. Ellen says:

    So hypnotic! Can I ask what software you used to make these?

  13. Mary Jo says:

    I love this although I confers I get a little seasick watching all your fingers in motion at once.
    You must be the Hindu goddess of knits with 8 arms or something ; )

  14. Rachel says:

    Thank you! I love these. I have never seen anyone else purl the way I do, and your way looks very similar. Now I don’t feel so odd! :D

  15. Sara says:

    I love this! What a cool idea!

  16. Cool! It is great to watch someone else’s techniques.

  17. […] Laylock‘s animated gifs of her knitting techniques (cast on, knitting, purling and cast off) are really interesting – my version of those techniques look different. Plus they should be really helpful to new knitters […]

  18. I’ve been trying to do this, and I’m finding it hard to get tension on the yarn. How do you wrap the yarn around your hand before you start work?

  19. Liz H says:

    These are very cool. I love seeing how other people knit.

  20. You cast on, knit, purl and cast off the way I do for 79 years and it’s great, to watch an expert do it!

  21. Nathaly says:

    Great Idea. haha I love this post i don’t need to read detail by detail all I need to do is to follow the right way.

  22. […] let’s take it slow, shall we? And maybe I should start with learning how to purl properly, since I never was able to do it as effortlessly as […]

  23. Ashlynn Valentik says:

    I am a Hudson High School student who needs to make a website for multi-media class. My topic is our schools knitting club. One of the requirements is to include an animated graphic. I would love to include your cast on graphic on our “how to knit” page. If I good that would be great. Thanks.

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