Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wheat Ear Cable

Sample knit with Lighthouse Waves Yarn on US size 6 needles

Looking through the stitches I have covered so far, I realized that I haven't paid much attention to cables.  Not because I don't like them, but mostly because the cable patterns I lean towards are too long to video, and I like to have a corresponding video for the stitch patterns I post.  Then I found this one, which is only a 4 row repeat on 10+2 stitches.

Multiple of 10 stitches, plus 2

Pattern note: C4B = Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back of work, knit 2 sts from left needle then knit the 2 sts from cable needle.  C4F = Slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold at front of work, knit 2 sts from left needle then knit the 2 sts from cable needle

Row 1: P2, *K8, P2*
Rows 2 and 4: K2, *P8, K2*
Row 3: P2, *C4B,C4F, P2*

Repeat these four rows for pattern

And here is the video.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lacy Ribbing

Lacy Ribbing sample knit with Patons Silk Bamboo on US size 6 neeldes

I was a bit unsure of which stitch to sample for this week; as I was looking back through the stitches already posted, I decided it was time for another type of rib stitch.  So here is a lovely, lace ribbing.  Very easy to do and with only two rows, easy to remember also.  

Depending on what you are using this stitch for, I would recommend adding at least one more stitch on each side for a border; the 'plus 2' in the instructions is for edge stitches, but in my opinion would look better with a wider border, particularly if you plan to use this stitch alone for a scarf.  If you just want to use this in a project where it will be surrounded by another pattern, then don't worry about the edge stitches.

Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches plus 2

Row 1: K1, *P1, K2tog, YO*.  Repeat from * to last stitch, K1
Row 2: P3, *K1, P2*.  Repeat from * to last two stitches, K1, P1

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.

And here is the video.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Alencon Lace: Second in the Vintage Stitch Series

Sample knit with Butterfly Super 10 Mercerized Cotton yarn from Mouzakis on US size 8 needles

Another beautiful vintage stitch - Alencon Lace.  This makes a narrow lace edging, good to use on whatever you like.

Pattern notes: 
YO(2) - make a yarn over twice - wrap the yarn around your needle two times, instead of once as for a regular yarn over.  Both of these wraps will be worked in the next row.
In Row 2, the P1 is to be worked on the second wrap of the double yarn over from Row 1.
To make a yarn over at the beginning as in Row 2, just place your right needle under the yarn, hold it in place with your index finger, and then begin knitting as normal.

Cast on 10 stitches

Row 1: K3, YO, K2tog, YO(2), K2tog, YO(2), K2tog, K1
Row 2: YO, K3, P1, K2, P1, K2, YO, K2tog, K1
Row 3: K3, YO, K2tog, K8
Row 4: Bind off 3 stitches, K6, YO, K2tog, K1

Repeat these four rows until the piece is as long as you like.

And here is the video - don't mind the cat.  Sorry for the funky lighting on this one; it is extremely windy today, so I filmed inside in front of a window.  The sun was behind a tree outside of the window, so you can sometimes see shadows moving around - that is the branches of the tree blowing around.  

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lemon Seed Lace: First in the Vintage Stitch Series

Lemon Seed Lace sample knit in Peaches  and Creme

I am in love with this stitch!  How pretty is this?!

This was published in the NY Tribune on May 29, 1881.  The paper does not specify how one would use this - it looks to me like an edging.  In my video for this stitch, I say it is worked on a multiple of 23 stitches, however, after looking at the pattern again, I believe it is just the 23 stitches - if there is a way to widen the fabric, I cannot find instructions on how to do so.  So, yes, I would say this is to be used as an edging - maybe use a nice lace weight yarn and then sew it on to the top of a curtain is what is on my mind right now.  I have been itching to knit a curtain for my back door; but as I don't have time to knit a whole curtain, this would probably scratch my itch were I to just get a plain white piece of fabric to use as the curtain, and add this to the top.  

This is not a stitch pattern you can sit down and knit while watching TV - it requires a bit of attention.  At least for me it does.

Special Notes: 
  1. In Row 1, YO[4] means you will make a yarn over 4 times - wrap your yarn 4 times around the needle to make 4 new stitches (this part is in the video).
  2. In the second row, when you come to those extra yarn overs, you will be working each of them as a separate stitch - you will not work the first wrap and then drop the rest as you would for a drop stitch pattern.  You need the extra stitches to make the pattern work.  Row 2 begins by knitting 5 stitches - the 5th stitch will be knit into the first wrap (This is in the video too, so if you can't picture it in your head, don't worry!)  
  3. Row 5, K2TOG[2] - Knit two together twice
  4. Row 7 - K3TOG is not a typo - knit three stitches together.  This can be a little tricky - put your needle into each stitch separately and give it a little wiggle to help loosen the stitches; this should help you work all of them at the same time.
  5. In Row 11, PSSO means you will pass the slipped stitch over the K2TOG

Cast on 23 stitches

Row 1:  K3, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K1, YO, K5, YO, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, YO [4], K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 2: K5, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K13, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 3: K3, YO, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, YO, K3, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K4, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 4: K8, P1, K2, P1, K13, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 5: K3, YO, K2TOG [2], YO, K5, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 6: K7, P1, K3, P1, K13, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 7: K3, YO, K3TOG, YO, K2TOG, K3, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K3, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 8: K6, P1, K4, P1, K11, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 9: K3, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, YO, K3, YO, K2TOG, K4, YO, K2TOG, K1, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 10: K5, P1, K5, P1, K11, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 11: K3, YO, K2TOG, K2, YO, SL 1, K2TOG, PSSO, YO, K4, YO, K2TOG, K5, YO, K2TOG, YO, K2TOG, K1

Row 12: BIND OFF 3 STS, K7, P1, K11, YO, K2TOG, K1

Repeat these 12 rows for desired length.

Now, here is the video.  This is far too long a stitch pattern to do the whole thing, so I have shown only how to do the quadruple yarn over in Row 1, and then how to work those extra stitches in Row 2.  I also show how to bind off the first 3 stitches in the last row, just in case you have never done this before.  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spider Stitch

Sample knit with Caron Simply Soft,  on US size 6 needles

I hate spiders, but I love spider stitch patterns!  I think a lacy scarf or shawlette (or whatever you like) would be beautiful in spider stitch on a lace weight yarn.  I used a heavier weight just for the sake of everyone being able to see it in the above sample.  I did a video way back of a spider stitch pattern, and being close to Halloween now, thought it was time to do another.  This is a very easy stitch to master, don't let the 'K3tog' scare you away.  If you are a tight knitter, you may want to try and knit a little more loosely than normal so you can work that part of the pattern.  Also, some of the rows begin with a YO, and since I don't have any border stitches in my sample, you get to see how to do an YO at the beginning of a row!  Aren't you excited?!?

Work on a multiple of 6 stitches, and I recommend adding a few more for a border so you have nice clean edges.  If you are just going to use this stitch within another pattern, then don't worry about adding extra stitches.  I'm partial to seed stitch borders, myself.  Moving on...

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: YO, K3tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K1
Row 4: Purl all stitches
Row 5: YO, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, K3tog
Row 6: Purl all stitches

Repeat Rows 3-6 for the pattern.

And as always, there is an accompanying video for this stitch.  I apologize if I go a little fast, I usually film outside so I get good light, but it is cold and rainy today, and my fingers were starting to go numb from the cold. I was trying to hurry so I could get back inside!