Saturday, August 20, 2011

Loop or Fur Stitch

This is a fun, funky stitch that, while it takes a bit of practice, is not as hard as it may look.  I would recommend using this only as an accent on the ends of a scarf, or other small project for the simple reason that it uses up a good deal of extra yarn to make the loops.  However, you can do a whole project using this stitch if you wish.

I have seen this in several stitch books and around the net, and honestly the instructions are a bit confusing. I am going to write it up as it makes sense to me, and along with the video I hope makes sense to you as well.

This stitch has a lot of flexibility; I think it looks best in a medium weight yarn, but feel free to use any yarn you like.  In the above sample, I made double loops in each stitch.  If you decide to use a chunky, thick yarn, you may want to do every other stitch, or just single loops.  Also, you can play around with which rows have the loops - maybe every few rows for example.  Again... up to you!

Use any number of stitches, plus 2 extra - one on each end just to keep the edges tidy.   Begin with a plain knit row, then make a row of loops.  Knit every other row.  (This will place loops on the front of your work.  If you want loops on both sides, then just replace the plain knit row with a loop row. )

For Double Loops:
Knit 1
Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle, and make a knit stitch as normal, but don't drop it from the left needle.
Bring the yarn between the needles to the front of the work, then under and over the right thumb, and back between the needles.
Bring the yarn over the top of the left needle, over the top of the right thumb, and then between the needles so that the yarn is in the back, in position to knit.
Knit the two stitches together and drop them from the left needle ** The first stitch is the original stitch you started with and the second stitch is the one made when you bring the yarn over the top of the needle to make the second loop**
Now, slip the second stitch on the right needle over the stitch just knit.  Gently pull on the loops to snug up the stitch.
Repeat to end of row, knit 1.

For Single Loops:
Knit 1
Insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle, and make a knit stitch as normal, but don't drop it rom the needle.
Bring the yarn between the needles to the front of the work, then under and over the right thumb, and then back between the needles, so that you are ready to knit.
Knit the stitch and drop from left needle.
Now, slip the second stitch on the right needle over the stitch you just knit.  Gently pull on the loop to snug up the stitch.
Repeat to end of row, knit 1.

Now, I am sure this is very confusing in writing.  So, here is the video of how the loops are made.  Enjoy!



4 comments:

craftyteacher (Vikki) said...

Thanks for this, took a few watches but got there in the end! Video definitely helped.

Pamela Craig said...

extremely helpful and clear. Thank you very much

Alison. Barry said...

Can I use this method to do a treble loop

Alison. Barry said...

Cam I use this method to do a treble loop