Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cluster Stitch

Sample knit with worsted weight wool on US 8 needles
You can vary the look of the clusters by wrapping more times for larger clusters, and fewer times for smaller clusters.  You can also wrap the yarn tightly or loose to change the look of the clusters.

To make clusters: k3, slip those 3 sts from right needle onto a cable or DPN (should be same size as needle used in project or smaller - a larger DPN can stretch your stitches); wrap working yarn counterclockwise around stitches six times, then slip those three stitches back to right needle.

Row 1 and all WS rows: purl
Row 2: knit
Row 4: k4 *cluster, k3; rep from *, end k1
Row 6: knit
Row 8: k1 *cluster, k3; rep from *, end cluster, k1

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern.

Happy Knitting!



Monday, September 5, 2016

Spring Stitch

Sample knit with my Cushy Worsted on US 8 needles
Multiple of 4

To make springs:  wyib, insert right needle into next stitch as if to knit, wrap yarn around both needles ten times, then pull working yarn through all wraps and the stitch you are working into.  Slip from left needle; take working yarn to the right and pull out wraps. Then, gently pull on working yarn to coil the wraps up next to the needle.  Don't wrap too tightly - and remember, practice makes 'springs'!

Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit
Row 4: p1 *spring, k1, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, make spring, k1, p1
Row 5: knit
Row 6: p3 *spring, k1, p2; rep from * to last 5 sts, make spring, k1, p3

Repeat from Row 3

Happy Knitting!