A table runner is a long, narrow piece of fabric that is placed on top of a tablecloth or directly on the table.
It adds color, texture, and style to the table setting and protects it from spills and stains.
Table runners are usually used for special occasions, such as holidays, weddings, or parties, but they can also be used for everyday dining.
One way to make a table runner is by knitting it with yarn and needles. Knitting is a craft that involves creating fabric by looping yarn together with two or more needles.
Table Runner Knitting can be done by hand or machine, producing various patterns and designs. Knitting is a relaxing and rewarding hobby that can also be a source of income for some people.
In this article, we will explain how to knit a simple table runner with a garter stitch pattern. We will also provide some tips and suggestions for choosing the table runner’s yarn, needles, and size.
Materials And Tools
To knit a table runner, you will need the following materials and tools:
You can use any type of yarn that you like, but I recommend using a medium-weight yarn that is suitable for knitting needles of size 8 (5 mm) or 9 (5.5 mm).
You can choose any color or combination of colors that match your table setting or your personal preference. You will need about 400 to 500 yards of yarn, depending on the size of your table runner.
You will need a pair of straight knitting needles of size 8 (5 mm) or 9 (5.5 mm), or a circular knitting needle of the same size.
A circular knitting needle is a long flexible needle that has two pointed ends connected by a cable. It can be used to knit flat or in the round, and it can accommodate more stitches than a straight needle.
If you use a circular needle, you will still knit back and forth, not in the round.
You will need a tape measure to measure the length and width of your table runner, and to check your gauge. Gauge is the number of stitches and rows per inch that you get with a specific yarn and needle combination.
It is important to check your gauge before you start knitting, because it affects the size and shape of your finished project. To check your gauge, knit a small swatch of about 4 by 4 inches, and measure how many stitches and rows you have in one inch.
You need to use a larger needle if you have more stitches or rows than the pattern calls for. You need to use a smaller needle if you have fewer stitches or rows.
You will need a pair of scissors to cut the yarn when you finish knitting.
You will need a tapestry needle to weave in the ends of the yarn when you finish knitting. A tapestry needle is a large blunt needle that has a big eye for threading yarn.
To knit a table runner, follow these steps:
Step 1: Cast On
To start knitting, you need to create the first row of stitches on your needle. This is called casting on. There are many ways to cast on, but I will use the long tail cast on method, which creates a neat and stretchy edge.
To do this, make a slip knot with your yarn and place it on your needle.
Hold the needle in your right hand, and let the tail of the yarn hang down from the slip knot. Hold the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball) in your left hand, and wrap it around your thumb and index finger to form a loop.
Insert the needle under the loop on your thumb, and over the loop on your index finger. Pull the loop on your index finger through the loop on your thumb, and slide it onto the needle. Tighten the stitch by pulling both ends of the yarn.
Repeat this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle. For this table runner, I will cast on 40 stitches, which will make a width of about 10 inches. You can adjust the number of stitches according to your gauge and the size of your table.
Step 2: Knit
To knit, you need to transfer the stitches from your left needle to your right needle, while creating new loops with your yarn. There are many ways to knit, but I will use the knit stitch, which creates a smooth and flat fabric.
Hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand, and the empty needle in your right hand. Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle, from front to back.
Wrap the working yarn around the right needle, from back to front. Pull the right needle through the stitch on the left needle, and slide the stitch off the left needle.
You have now made one knit stitch on your right needle. Repeat this process until you have transferred all the stitches from the left needle to the right needle. You have now completed one row of knitting.
To start the next row, switch the needles in your hands, so that the needle with the stitches is in your left hand, and the empty needle is in your right hand. Knit all the stitches on the left needle, as before.
Continue knitting every row, until you reach the desired length of your table runner. For this table runner, we will knit for about 60 inches, which will make a length of about 5 feet. You can adjust the length according to your table size and your preference.
Step 3: Bind Off
To finish knitting, you need to secure the last row of stitches on your needle, so that they do not unravel. This is called binding off. There are many ways to bind off, but we will use the basic bind-off method, which creates a simple and firm edge.
To do this, knit the first two stitches on your left needle, as usual. Then, insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle, and lift it over the second stitch and off the needle.
You have now bound off one stitch. Knit the next stitch on the left needle, and repeat the process of lifting the first stitch over the second stitch and off the needle.
Continue binding off until you have one stitch left on your right needle. Cut the working yarn, leaving a tail of about 6 inches. Pull the tail through the last stitch, and tighten it to close the loop. You have now completed the binding off.
Step 4: Weave In The Ends
To finish your table runner, you need to hide the loose ends of the yarn that are hanging from the cast-on and bind off the edges. This is called weaving in the ends.
To do this, thread the tapestry needle with one of the yarn tails, and insert it under the stitches along the edge of the fabric, following the direction of the yarn.
Do this for a few inches, then change the needle’s direction, and insert it under the stitches in the opposite direction. Do this for a few more inches, and then cut the excess yarn. Repeat this process for the other yarn tail. You have now woven in the ends.
Table Runner Knitting is a fun and easy project that can add charm and warmth to your table. You can customize your table runner by choosing the yarn, needles, and size that suit your style and needs.
You can also experiment with different knitting patterns and techniques, such as cables, lace, or stripes, to create more interesting and unique table runners.
Knitting is a great way to express your creativity and enjoy your time.
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