Sunday, August 26, 2012

Knotted Cable Panel

Sample knit with Patons Classic Wool Roving Yarn, US Size 8 addi Turbo Needles

This beautiful cable is quick and simple to knit.  In my sample, I did a 10 stitch cable, and added 8 extra stitches - two garter stitches for a border on each side, and two more along each side of the cable for a reverse stocking stitch background.  While you certainly are not required to use reverse stockinette as a background for your cable, it really does help the cable pop out.  You can do seed stitch as a background, for instance.  And, depending on how you use the panel, may or may not need to add a border.

In the video, I live dangerously and cable without a cable needle.  If you are new to cables, you may not want to do it this way - it is perfectly fine to use a cable needle.   If you have knit cables before, and feel comfortable without the cable needle, try it.  I think this is a perfect cable to do without the extra fuss of a cable needle.

Abbreviations in this pattern:
C4F = Slip next two stitches to cable needle, hold in front.  Knit two stitches from left needle, then knit the two stitches from the cable needle (cable 4 front)

C4B = Slip the next two stitches to cable needle, hold in back.  Knit two stitches from the left needle, then knit the two stitches from the cable needle  (cable 4 back)

Cable is worked on a multiple of 4 + 6

Row 1 (RS): K2 *C4F*
Row 2 and 4: Purl
Row 3: *C4B*, end K2

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

Here is the video.  Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Starlight Lace

Sample knit with Claudia Hand Painted Yarns on Knitter's Price Cubics, Size 6 

In celebration of my going on vacation, I am posting the new stitch early, because I won't be able to post over the weekend as normal.

This is a beautiful stitch that looks more complicated than it really is.  It seems long with 16 rows, but every other row is just a plain purl row, so it probably won't take you as long to get through as you may think.  

There is some curl to the sides of this stitch, so you may want to consider a border.  Also, blocking is recommended, as it will open up the stitches (so a blockable fiber is recommended).  Below is a picture of the stitch unblocked (on top) and the part on the bottom, I didn't properly block it, just wet the sample and laid it on the counter to dry over night.  You get the idea though!

Here is the video, and below that printable instructions, both written and charted.  On the chart, wrong side rows are not shown, only right side rows.  Read the chart from right to left.  Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Twice-Turned Stitch

Sample knit with Lighthouse Waves on US Size 9 needles

(Click HERE for the ribbing version of this stitch)

I can just imagine cuddling up on a cold winter evening with a blanket made using this stich, or even just having a cozy cowl or shawl in this stitch.  It creates a thick, fluffy fabric that says "cuddle", at least to me!  This stitch would also make a great coat or jacket, if you are so inclined to knit such a large item.  And it is super easy to do too, and only a four row repeat.

The edges do curl, so adding a few more stitches to the sides for a border, and maybe a few rows in garter stitch at the beginning and end will help it lay flat.

The one slightly tricky part is probably the slip as if to purl through the back loop.  If you haven't done it before, don't worry.  It is not hard to do, and with a little practice, you should have no problem.

wyib = with yarn held in back of the work
wyif = with yarn held in front of the work
sl = slip
ktbl = knit through the back loop

Cast on any odd number

Row 1: (WS)  Purl
Row 2: K1 *wyib, insert right needle from left into back loop of next stitch (as if to purl through back loop) and slip, K1*
Row 3: P1 *sl1 wyif, P1*
Row 4: K1 *ktbl, K1*

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.

Here is the video.  Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Handsome Lace Border- Vintage Stitch Series

Sample knit with Patons Lace on US Size 4 needles
I thought it was time for another vintage stitch!  This one comes from the NY Daily Tribune, Sunday July 4, 1880.

As with a lot of the vintage patterns, we will be working with multiple yarn overs - meaning, in almost every row, you will be wrapping the yarn over twice.  Each of the wraps will be treated as separate stitches on the following rows.

Here is the video, and below are both written and charted instructions for those who prefer either or.  Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!

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