Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tight Lattice Stitch

I saw this sweater in the store last week, and really liked the stitch on the panel down the front.  After only a short search, I found what I believe is the stitch.

This is a fairly simple stitch, but does require some concentration (at least for me it does), because of all of the twisted/crossed stitches.

The way I found this written was very confusing to me, and I had to try several times before I got the hang of it.

For the sake of simplicity, I am just going to refer to the method as "T2F - Twist 2 front" and "T2B - Twist 2 back".  I think I say cross several times in the video, but cross and twist are done the same way.

You can use a cable needle if that is how you feel most comfortable; I do not use one in the video.  It is just too much fuss to cross only one stitch over the other.  Again, do whatever is most comfortable for you.  I know  a lot of times as knitters, if the stitch is not on the needle, there is often panic.  However, as you will see in the video, no stitch is dropped or unraveled.  If you have never crossed/twisted/cabled without a cable needle, I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and give it  a try.

On the right side rows, the front twisted stitches are P1, K1
On the right side rows, the back twist stitches are K1, P1

On wrong side rows, the twisted stitches are both purled

T2F = Twist 2 front

  • With a cable needle: Slip next stitch to cable needle and hold in front of work. Purl next stitch from left needle, knit stitch from cable needle.
  • Without a cable needle: Slip next two stitches from left needle.  With tip of left needle, reach in front of second stitch, grab first stitch and place on left needle.  Then, replace the second stitch on left needle.  The two stitches have switched position on the left needle.  Stitch 2 becomes stitch 1, and stitch 1 becomes stitch 2. Purl 1, Knit 1.


T2B = Twist 2 back

  • With a cable needle: Slip next stitch to cable needle and hold in back of work.  Knit next stitch from left needle, purl stitch from cable needle.
  • Without a cable needle: Slip next two stitches from left needle.  With tip of left needle, reach in back of second stitch, grab first stitch and place on left needle.  Then, replace the second stitch on the left needle.  Again, the two stitches have swapped positions. Knit 1, Purl 1.


For wrong side rows, twist either front or back as instructed, then PURL both of the twisted stitches.

Sample knit with Cascade 220 on US Size 6 addi needles


Cast on a multiple of 4 + 6

Row 1 (RS): P1 *T2F, T2B* P1
Row 2: K2 *T2B, K2*
Row 3: P1 *T2B, T2F* P1
Row 4: K1, P1, K2 *T2F, K2*, end last two stitches P1, K1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern

Here is the video.  Happy Knitting, and Enjoy!




12 comments:

Dustin Scott Wood said...

Does it lay flat or does it roll at all? I'm guessing it would with the Purls and knits alternating on the first and last stitches of the rows.

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

It does lay flat. I mentioned that in the video :0)

Dustin Scott Wood said...

Ooops! Sorry! Missed that somehow. :)

Mezza said...

Hi
Love this pattern!
I tried to knit it in the round (I think it´s called that...when you use doubblepointed needles like for socks and gloves)
But even though I change row 2 and 4 to opposit stitches, I cant get it completely correct.
I think I do something wrong somewhere in 3rd or 4th row.
Do you have any idea how I should do it correctly?

/Mezza

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

Hi there Mezza
Sorry I took so long to respond, I have been away. This is a snap to change over to round knitting... until I get to row 4. Let me get my yarn and needles out and play around and see what I can come up with. That is the only row giving me trouble!

Mezza said...

thanks :)

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

OK, I got it!

On the WS rows, you will knit both of the twist stitches

Cast on a multiple of 4
Row 1: *T2F, T2B*
Row 2: Purl first st of the round then *T2F, P2* to last st of the round, purl one
Row 3: *T2B, T2F*
Row 4: Slip the first st, purl two, then *T2B, P2* to last st of the round. Slip the last st to right needle, remove the stitch marker and put st back on left needle. T2B, then, slide the last st back to left needle, replace stitch marker. Begin again at Row 1.

Hope this helps.

נεииα said...

what would the stitch gauge of this particular stitch?

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

The gauge is going to differ depending on what yarn and needles you use

Richard Chase said...

Is there a way to do this stitch so that the pattern appears on both sides? I'd love to use this on a scarf, but I don't want a good side and a bad side, I want two good sides.

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

Richard, there is no way I know of to make the back side of this stitch appear on both sides. You could knit it in the round, and then sew up the cast on and bind off edges for a scarf. Or, knit two and sew them together with wrong sides facing in. In my opinion the back of this stitch isn't really too bad and I wouldn't even worry about it showing. But as I always say, "wrong" is in the eye of the knitter :0)

Kristina Kunarac said...

thank you for putting this up