Friday, July 29, 2011

Crossed Stitch

Crossed Stitch Cloth - Pattern below

For Crossed Stitch, work with an even number of stitches, plus 1 more on each side for the selvage.   This is a two row repeat that is easy to remember.  Depending on what you are making, the number of edge stitches can be adjusted to fit your project.

Row 1: Knit 1 (selvage) *Slip 1 with yarn in back, Knit 1, Yarn Over, Pass the Slipped Stitch over both the Knit Stitch and the Yarn Over*  Repeat to last stich, Knit 1 (selvage)

Row 2: Purl all stitches
Repeat these two rows for pattern

Yes, there is a video also.  Very brief, just showing how to do Row 1 of the pattern since I assume you don't want to watch me purl the second row :0)

Crossed Stitch Cloth Pattern

US Size 7 Needles
1 Ball Sugar'n Cream Cotton Yarn

Cast on 46 stitches
Row 1: *K1, P1*
Row 2: *P1, K1*
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, P1 *Slip 1 purlwise with yarn at back of work, Knit 1, Yarn Over, Pass the Slipped Stitch over both the Knit stitch and the Yarn Over*   Repeat from * to last 4 stitches - K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 4: P1, K1, P1, K1 - Purl to last 4 stitches - P1, K1, P1, K1

Repeat Rows 3-4 twenty-two more times
Repeat Row 1
Repeat Row 2
Bind off, weave in ends 
Finished piece measures appx. 8x8

You can make the cloth wider by adding more stitches, just be sure you have an even number.  The cloth can be made longer by repeating Rows 3 and 4 as many times as you like before finishing.  I strive to be error free before posting something to the public, but sometimes that doesn't happen.  If you find a mistake, feel free to leave me a comment so I can check it out.

This cloth is my own design.  You are free to use the pattern to knit cloths for yourself and friends/family; if you would like to share the pattern with others via your own blog, please link back to me.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lacy Thorn Stitch

This is a pretty lace stitch, which is only a two row repeat so also very easy to remember.

Work on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2:

Row 1: Knit 3 *YO, Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass the slipped stitch over the stitch just knit, Knit 2*, ending last repeat with Knit 1

Row 2: Knit 1 *Purl 2, YO, Purl 2 together*, ending last repeat with Knit 1

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Embossed Rib

Ribbing is back!  For this particular rib pattern, you will be doing things a little differently than k2, p2 or what have you.

Work this rib on an uneven number of stitches

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl 1, Knit the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle, dropping both it and the unworked stitch off the left needle at the same time.  Repeat to end of row, ending with P1.

Repeat these two rows for pattern.

Confused?  As always, here is a video to help you out.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Star Stitch

Want a free pattern for a hat knit with this stitch?  Click HERE to go to the Star Struck Hat pattern!

For Star Stitch, work with a multiple of 4 stitches, plus 1

To make the Stars, Purl 3 stitches together, leaving stitches on left needle; make a Yarn Over, and Purl the same 3 stitches together again, and then drop off left needle

Row 1: Knit all stitches (Right side of fabric)
Row 2: P1, *Make Star, P1*  Repeat from * to end
Row3: Knit all stitches
Row 4: P3, Make Star, *P1, Make Star*  Repeat from * to last 3 stitches, P3

Repeat these 4 rows for pattern.

Star Stitch in the Round:

To make the stars in the round - Knit 3 stitches together, leaving stitches on the left needle, Yarn Over, and Knit the same 3 stitches together again and drop from the left needle

Cast on a multiple of 4, place the stitch marker on your right needle and join to knit in the round, being careful that the stitches are not twisted

Round 1: Knit all stitches
Round 2: *Make Star, K1* - continue to end of round
Round 3: Knit all stitches
Round 4: Knit 2 *Make star, Knit 1* - continue to end of round.  (You will only be knitting two at the beginning of this round.  In all other instances, you will only knit 1)  You will end the round by making a star; you will see that you have two stitches before your stitch marker, and one after the stitch marker.  Slip two stitches to the right needle (slip purlwise so the stitches are not twisted), remove your stitch marker, and slip the two stitches back to the left needle.  Now, make your star, and then slip one stitch back to the left needle, place the marker on the right needle.  The marker will be back in the same position it was before you removed it to make the star and will correctly mark the end/beginning of the round.

Repeat Round 1-4 for pattern

As always, if you are a visual learner, here is a video demonstration of the stitch.  Rows 1 and 3 are not shown in the video as they are just plain knit rows.  Rows 2 and 4 are demonstrated to show you how to make the Stars.  (This video demonstrates the flat stitch pattern)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Knit Dimple Stitch

This is a nifty stitch!  While knitting my swatch, the edges were curling so depending on what you are knitting, you may want to consider a border.

Work this stitch over a multiple of 6 stitches, plus 5
Pattern Note:  To gather stitches:   Slip the right needle under the 3 strands, from bottom to top so that you are in position to knit the next on the left needle.  Knit the next stitch, pulling it under the slipped stitches.

Row 1: Knit all stitches (This is the right side of the fabric)
Row 2: P1 *With yarn held in front, slip 3 stitches purlwise, P3* Repeat from *, end row with P1
Row 3: K1 *With yarn held in back, slip 3 stitches purlwise, K3* Repeat from *, end row with K1
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: P2 *Gather stitches, P5* Repeat from *, end row with P2
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: P1 *P3, Slip 3 with yarn in front* Repeat from *, end row with P4
Row 11: K4 *Slip 3 with yarn in back, K3* Repeat from *, end row with K1
Row 12: Repeat Row 10
Row 13: Knit
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: Knit
Row 16: P5 *Gather stitches, P5* Repeat from *

Want to knit this stitch in the round?  Here's how:

When you gather the stitches, you will be purling the stitch instead of knitting it. I found a crochet hook helpful with this step, otherwise it is next to impossible! 

Cast on a multiple of 6 
Round 1: K
Rounds 2, 3 and 4: *Slip 3 wyib, K3* 
Rounds 5, 6, and 7: K 
Round 8: *Gather sts, K5* 
Round 9: K
Rounds 10, 11 and 12: *K3, Sl 3 wyib* 
Rounds 13, 14, and 15: K
Round 16: *K5, Gather sts* 

Repeat these 16 Rows for pattern.  As always, if you learn by seeing, below is a video.  The video demonstrates the slip stitch rows, and the gather rows.  The knit/purl rows are not included for the sake of brevity.  Also is a brief video for this done in the round, to show the slipping and gathering of stitches.  Enjoy!