Friday, December 27, 2013

Knotted Pillar Stitch

Sample knit with Patons Grace Cotton Yarn on US 6 Knitter's Pride Nova Cubics

Multiple of 4 + 1

Row 1: (RS) k1 *p3tog, leaving sts on needle, k3tog, leaving sts on needle, then p3tog once more before slipping sts off needle, k1.  Repeat from * to end

Row 2: purl

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.



Friday, December 20, 2013

Twice Turned Ribbing

Sample knit with unknown yarn on US size 6 addi bamboo clicks



If you like Twice Turned Stitch, then you will like this Twice Turned Ribbing too.


Cast on an ODD number of stitches

Row 1: (WS) k1 *p1, k1
Row 2: p1 *slip next stitch purlwise tbl, p1
Row 3: k1 *slip next stitch wyif, k1
Row 4: p1 *ktbl, p1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Purl Twist Stitch

Sample knit with unknown yarn - Deborah Norville US 10 needles



Even number of stitches

Rows 1 and 3: (RS) knit
Row 2: *p2tog, leaving sts on needle, purl first stitch again, then slip both from needle
Row 4: p1 - then repeat from * as in Row 2, ending with p1

Repeat these four rows for pattern.

Happy Knitting!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Rosary Stitch

Sample knit with Caron Simply Soft on Nova Cubics, Size 6

Multiple of 8 + 1

Rows 1 and 3 (RS):  k1 *yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k1*
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8:  purl
Rows 5 and 7: k2tog *k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sk2p - repeat from *, end skpo




Friday, November 29, 2013

Razor Shell - 4 Stitch Rib

Sample knit with Sapphires-n-Purls Merino Silk Elegance Yarn on Knit Picks Caspian Needles, US Size 6


Multiple of 4 + 1

Row 1 (WS): purl
Row 2: k1 *yo, sl 1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1.  Repeat from *

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.  Looks best blocked, and a border stitch or two might be desirable as the edges are sloppy.

Happy Knitting!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Chevron Lace

Sample knit with Sapphires-n-Purls Merino Silk Elegance on US Size 6 Knitters Pride Dreamz

I love stitch patterns that are short, easy to remember and create awesomeness all at the same time.
I used this along the bottom edge of a shawl I knit.



Multiple of 13 + 1

Row 1 (RS): *k1, yo, k4, k2tog, skpo, k4, yo.  Repeat from *, end last repeat with k1
Row 2: Purl

Doesn't get much easier than that!  Here is the video, and happy knitting!



Friday, November 15, 2013

Fluted Fabric Stitch

Sample was knit with my own yarn on US Size 6 Knitters Pride Dreamz needles
Multiple of 4 + 1

Row 1: (RS) p1 *k1, sl 1 wyif, k1, p1
Row 2: k1, *sl 1 wyib, p1, sl 1 wyib, k1

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.  Even though Row 1 is the 'right' side, this stitch creates a fabric that is equally nice on both sides.  It is hard to see in the video, but there is a little bit of a wave to the fabric that is nice.

Happy Knitting!


Friday, November 8, 2013

Little Pyramid Stitch

Sample knit with bulky weight yarn on US size 8 needles

Either side of this fabric is nice.  On the one side, the little pyramids point upward; on the other they point downward.


Multiple of 6 + 5

Row 1: k5 *p1, k5
Row 2: k1 *p3, k3, end p3, k1
Row 3: p2 *k1, p5, end k1, p2
Row 4: As Row 3
Row 5: As Row 2
Row 6: As Row 1




Monday, November 4, 2013

Tranquility Stitch

Sample knit with Cascade 220 on US size 8 needles

I recommend adding at least two extra stitches to your cast on count - one on each edge to make working the beginning of the row easier and for neatness.

There was someone looking for this stitch over on Knitting Paradise; it is used in the Wine Country Cowl.  The stitch is from the Third Walker Treasury.


Even number of stitches

Row 1: (RS) *yo, sl 1, k1, then pass both the yarn over and slipped stitch over the knit stitch*  (this will reduce your stitch count by half)

Row 2: *Insert right needle from right to left behind the diagonal strand at the base of the first stitch on left needle, and place strand onto left needle.  Purl strand, then purl the first stitch on left needle*

Repeat these two rows for pattern


Friday, November 1, 2013

Shadow Rib

Sample was knit on bulky yarn, US Size 8 Knitters Pride Dreamz

Yes, yes, I know.  I've done so many rib stitches, why am I doing another one?  I love ribs :-)  And this one is super easy.  Nice texture, and the back side is not bad, either.

Multiple of 3 + 2

Row 1:  (WS)  knit
Row 2: p2 *kbl, p2

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, October 25, 2013

Swedish Weave

Sample knit with US Siz 6 needles, fingering weight yarn (I dyed myself)


You will be working with two yarns here - the second yarn will never be on the needles.  You will only be passing it back and forth between the needles, weaving it over and under the stitches that are being knit with the first yarn.

I think this would look fantastic with a self striping yarn as the main color, and a solid for the second color.  Or the other way around.   Try using more than one color for the weaving yarn.  So many possibilities with this one!

This is just stocking stitch, so you only need to know how to knit and purl.

Some tips (shown in the video):

  • To join the second color, purl the last stitch of the set up row with both yarns.
  • When binding off, knit the first bind off stitch with both yarns to lock the second yarn in place.
  • Make sure the second yarn crosses over the top of the working yarn when turning the work to knit the next row, so that it is locked in place at the edge.
  • Keep the second yarn loose so that it has room to stretch with the rest of the fabric.



Worked on an odd number of stitches

With A, cast on and purl one row - joining color B as noted above

Row 1 (RS): k1 with A, passing B strand across front of work *pass B strand to back between needles and knit next st with A; pass B strand to front between needles and knit next st with A.  Rep from *

Row 2: p1 with A and bring B strand around edge to pass in front of work *pass B strand to back between needles and purl next st with A; pass B strand to front between needles and purl next st with A.  Rep from *

The cowl pattern I mention in the video is free on Ravelry, it is called Peppermint Candy Cowl by Hilary Smith Callis.  

Repeat these two rows for pattern.  Here is the video.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Rank and File Stitch

Sample knit with my Alpaca Cloud Yarn on Knitters Pride Dreamz


Even number of stitches

Row 1: (RS) k
Row 2: k1 *sl 2 wyif, move yarn to the back, sl same sts back to left needle and k* end k1
Row 3: k1 *p1, sl 1 wyib* end k1
Row 4: k1 *sl 1 wyif, k1* end k1

Repeat these four rows for pattern.

If you like the yarn used in this video, you can purchase it HERE.  It is a 4 Ply, 100% Alpaca DK weight yarn available in two colors, Bluebell and Berries and Cream.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Belt Welt

Sample knit with Malabrigo Worsted on Nova Cubics Size 6

Multiple of 6 + 2

Rows 1 and 3: Knit
Rows 2 and 4: Purl
Rows 5 and 7: K2 *P4, K2*
Rows 6 and 8: P2 *K4, P2*

Repeat these 8 rows for the pattern



Friday, October 4, 2013

Fancy Moss Stitch Rib

Sample knit with Plymouth Mushishi on US Size 8 Knitter's Pride Karbonz needles

Another simple rib stitch that looks great on both sides.

Multiple of 6 + 4

Row 1: (WS) *P5, K1*  to last four stitches, P4
Row 2: K4 *K1, P1, K4*

Repeat these two rows for the pattern


Friday, September 27, 2013

2x2 Garter Stitch Rib

Sample knit with Plymouth Mushishi on US Size 8 Knitter's Pride Karbonz
I just love a stitch that gives you bang for your buck - this is one of those stitches.  Using only knits and purls, you get a fabric that looks great on both sides.  And only a two row repeat, so it is easy to memorize.  (Yes, it is hard to tell from the picture.  You can see better in the video!)

Multiple of 4 + 2

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: P2 *K2, P2

Repeat these two rows for pattern


Friday, September 20, 2013

Rick Rib

Sample knit with Caron Simply Soft on US Size 6 needles


Even number of stitches


Row 1 (RS): K1 *YO, Sl 1 wyib, K1, PSSO*, end K1
Row 2: P1 *YO, Sl 1 wyif, P1, PSSO*, end P1


Repeat these two rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Mock Turkish Stitch

Sample knit with Patons Grace Cotton Yarn, US Size 6, Susan Bates Tipping Points Needles - Sharp Tip


Another super easy stitch that creates a beautiful, lacy fabric.  


Multiple of 2 (plus 2 for edge)

Row 1 (RS):  K1 *Sl 1-K1-PSSO, YO*, end K1
Row 2: K1 *P2tog, YO*, end K1

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.




Friday, September 6, 2013

Single Lace Rib

Sample knit with Caron Simply Soft, US 8, Susan Bates Tipping Point Needles

Multiple of 4 + 1

Row 1: k1 *yo, k2tog, p1, k1
Row 2: p1 *yo, p2tog, k1, p1

Repeat these two rows for pattern.  Happy Knitting!



Friday, August 30, 2013

Swag Stitch

Sample with knit with Patons Classic Wool that I dyed myself, on US 6 Nova Cubics needles from Knitter's Pride

Multiple of 5 + 2

Row 1 (WS) and all WS rows:  Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 4 and 6: P2 *Sl 3 wyif, P2*

Repeat these six rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!



Friday, August 23, 2013

Wavy Rib

Sample knit with Butterfly Cotton, US Size 6 (Susan Bates Tipping Points)

Even though this stitch creates a wavy look, you don't have to do anything special - just alternate knits and purls!  And, this stitch also have a great back side!  It looks like basket weave - you can see in the picture above.  

The yarn I use in this video is Butterfly Cotton Yarn.  I purchased this several years ago at Paradise Fibers - since then the only place I have seen it is at Romni Wools in Canada.  Cascade Pima Cotton yarn is a nice substitute if you can't locate the Butterfly brand. Butterfly/Cascade Pima Cotton is a smoother, shinier cotton than Lily Sugar n Cream or the cotton yarn you usually find in craft stores, much better suited to wearable items in my opinion.

Multiple of 6 + 2

Rows 1 and 3: (RS) P2 *K4, P2*
Rows 2 and 4: K2 *P4, K2*
Rows 5 and 7: K3, P2 *K4, P2* , end K3
Rows 6 and 8: P3, K2 *P4, K2* , end P3

Repeat these 8 rows for an awesome fabric that has two nice sides!

Happy Knitting!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Vikkel Braid, Estonian Braid, or Lateral Braid






This is something I had never heard of until recently, when somebody asked me about it.  I really like this stitch, or technique.  It's a great way to add a little something impressive to your knitting.  I tested it out on a crescent shawl and it looked great.  Give it a try the next time you need a little something extra on a project.

I am showing this technique in the same color, but you can make the braid in a contrasting color.  I recommend watching the DROPS video.  If you have never seen one of their videos, there is no sound.  You just watch and learn.


The first thing you'll need to do is cast on a new stitch at the beginning of the row where you want your braid.  For my sample, I used the cable cast on.  You can also use the knitted cast on.  (The new stitch should be placed on the left needle.)

Next, *knit into the back of the loop of the second stitch on the left needle.  Do not drop the stitch yet.  Now, knit into the front of the first stitch as normal.  Drop both stitches from the left needle.

Then, slip the first stitch from the right needle back to the left needle.  Repeat from *

When you get to the last stitch, knit it, then pass the second stitch on the right needle over.

You now have a lateral braid running across your knitting.  How cool is that?


Friday, August 9, 2013

Feather and Fan Stitch

Sample knit with Malabrigo Worsted, US Size 5 needles
As I mentioned last time, the stitch this week is Feather and Fan, which is different from Old Shale.  They both create a wavy edge, and do look similar, but the two are different stitches.


Multiple of 14

Row 1: *Sl 2-K2tog-P2SSO, (yo, k1) x5, yo, Sl 2-K2tog-P2SSO, K1*
Row 2: Knit

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.

Happy Knitting!


Friday, August 2, 2013

Old Shale Stitch

This is a picture of a shawl I knit, using a pattern and yarn I got years ago at a little shop in Canada.  

This stitch is often used interchangeably with Feather and Fan; however, Old Shale and Feather and Fan are two separate stitches.  They are worked differently, and have a different look.  Next week, we will do Feather and Fan.

When I was knitting my shawl in this stitch, I was a new knitter; I had no idea that there was any difference, and I even made a video for Feather and Fan or Old Shale Stitch.  I then discovered there was a difference - who knew?!

This is a super easy stitch.  You probably won't even need to look at the pattern!  But do pay attention, because it is very easy to make a mistake along the way.  I find that I neglect to make one of the k2tog, and so must work back and fix things.

Multiple of 18

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: *K2tog three times, (yo, k1) six times, K2tog three times*
Row 4: Purl

Repeat these four rows for the pattern

Here is the video.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Anemone Stitch

Sample knit with Malabrigo Worsted on US Size 8 needles

This stitch may present a bit of a challenge to a new knitter, and may even take a bit of practice if you aren't new to knitting.


Multiple of 4

Row 1: (WS) *Purl all stitches, wrapping yarn twice for each stitch*
Row 2: *Slip 4 sts to right needle, dropping extra wraps.  Slip the same 4 sts back to left needle, then (k4tog, p4tog) twice in same 4 sts*
Row 3: P2 *Purl, wrapping yarn twice for each stitch*  Repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2
Row 4: K2 *As Row 2* Repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2

Repeat these four rows for the pattern

Happy Knitting!



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Newsletter

**THIS NEWSLETTER HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED**

Hi, Knitters!  I have decided to send out a monthly newsletter!  Nothing fancy, it will be sent at the end of each month, and show all stitches I have posted for that month.  If I have also released free or paid patterns, I will link those as well.  Perhaps a knitting tidbit or two on occasion.  If you would like to sign up, you may do so using the sign up in the right column of the blog.  The first one will be sent at the end of August 2013.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Garter Stitch Lace Ladder

Sample knit with Malabrigo Worsted on US Size 8

This is a super simple lacy stitch.  The only thing you may find a little tricky is the double yarn over, but even that isn't really hard to get the hang of.

Multiple of 4

Row 1: (RS) *k2tog, yo twice, ssk*
Row 2: *k1, (k1, p1) into double yo, k1*

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.


Here is the video.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Two Color Tweed Stitch

Sample knit with Debbie Bliss Amalfi on US Size 8 needles


You will need two different colored yarns for this stitch

Multiple of 3

Row 1: (RS) Using Color A - *Sl 1, K2*
Row 2: Using Color A - Knit
Row 3: Using Color B - *K2, Sl 1*
Row 4: Using Color B - Knit

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Harris Tweed Stitch

Cast on a multiple of 6

Rows 1-3: *k3, p3*
Row 4: knit
Row 5: purl
Row 6: knit
Rows 7-9: *k3, p3*
Row 10: purl
Row 11: knit
Row 12: purl

Repeat these 12 rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, June 28, 2013

Three Color Linen Stitch

Sample knit with worsted weight yarn, US size 6 needles

Multiple of 2

Cast on using Color A

Row 1 (RS): Color A - *Sl 1 wyif, K1*
Row 2: Color B - *Sl 1 wyib, P1*
Row 3: Color C - Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Color A - Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Color B - Repeat Row 1
Row 6: Color C - Repeat Row 2

Plain Linen Stitch is here

Repeat these six rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Brioche Stitch

Sample knit with Mulberry and Merino on US #6 needles

Some notes on Brioche Knitting:

  • 100% wool or wool blend yarn (not superwash) is the best choice, or mohair, or any yarn that has a 'sticky' quality.
  • This stitch creates a very stretchy, airy fabric so you can use a smaller needle than called for on the ball band.
  • Be sure the cast on and bind off are loose so the edges will stretch with the fabric.  Try casting on and binding off with a larger needle than the one used for the main part of the fabric. 
  • The yo-sl 1 are worked in one movement; you carry the yarn over the needle as you are slipping the stitch.  The yo/slipped stitch are counted as one stitch, not a separate yarn over and a slipped stitch.  
  • When working the slipped stitch and yo together, you are making the brioche knit stitch.


Cast on an even number of stitches

Set up row: *yo-sl 1, k1*

Pattern Row: *yo-sl 1, K2tog*

Repeat from Pattern Row

Below is the video.  I of course show Continental, and also stumble through English style.   If you like Brioche, you may want to check out Nancy Marchant's book, Knitting Brioche.  She also has a class over on Craftsy, Explorations in Brioche Knitting.





Friday, June 21, 2013

Blackberry Stitch

Sample knit with worsted weight yarn on US size 6 needles

Multiple of 4

Row 1 (RS) : *[k1, yo, k1] into next st, p3*
Row 2: *p3tog, k3*
Row 3: *p3, [k1, yo, k1] into next st*
Row 4: *k3, p3tog*

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Linen Stitch (aka Fabric Stitch or Sugarplum Stitch)

Sample knit with worsted weight yarn on US Size 6 needles

This stitch makes a tight, dense fabric - on one side.  The other side is like seed stitch.  What a great scarf this stitch would make!  You can use larger needles than called for on your ball band and still get a nice solid fabric.  

This stitch is one of the first stitch patterns I made a video for, and I thought it was time to do a new, clear HD video.  

I have  also seen this stitch called Fabric Stitch or Sugarplum Stitch.  However, this shouldn't be confused with another "Fabric Stitch" you may see, that is worked differently.  Same name, different stitches - it happens often.  Whatever you call it, have fun knitting something with it!

Even number of stitches (Multiple of 2)

Stitches should be slipped purlwise

Row 1: *K1, Sl 1 wyif*
Row 2: *P1, Sl 1 wyib*

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.

Happy Knitting!


Friday, June 7, 2013

Herringbone Stitch in the Round



There isn't much difference between the circular and the flat version of this stitch - all you need to remember is to put the stitch marker back in the correct place, and twist the first stitch of each new round.

When you come to the end of each round, you will need to slip the last stitch before the marker off the left needle so you can temporarily remove the stitch marker (or, use one of the stitch markers that opens and closes like a safety pin).  Once the stitch marker has been removed, slip the stitch back to the left needle, and either k2tog or k2tog tbl, depending on which round you are working on.   If you do not do this with the stitch marker, you will be moving the beginning/end of your round each time you complete a round - I show this in the video.

Once the stitches have been worked, you need to put the marker back on.  Slip the first stitch on the right needle off, place the marker, then slip the stitch back onto the right needle.

Now, you will need to twist the first stitch on the left needle before proceeding with the next round.  This is shown in the video, and is really simple.

As with the flat version, this is worked on any number of stitches, and you will be repeating two rounds.

Round 1: *k2tog, slipping only the first stitch from the left needle
Round 2: *k2tog tbl, slipping on the first stitch from the left needle

That's it.  Here is the video.  Happy Knitting!


Feather Rib

Sample knit with Lily Sugar'n Cream on US Size 6 needles

Multiple of 5 + 2

Row 1 (RS) : P2 *YO, K2tog tbl, K1, P2*
Row 2: K2 *YO, K2tog tbl, P1 tbl, K2*

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.

Happy Knitting!



Friday, May 31, 2013

Raisin Stitch



This stitch may be a little tricky at first, but with practice it is really easy.


Worked on any odd number of stitches

Rows 1 and 3 (WS): Purl
Row 2: *K2, (YO, pull last stitch over the YO) four times.  Repeat from *, end K1
Row 4: K1, then repeat from * as in Row 2 to last 2 stitches, K2

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!



Friday, May 24, 2013

Cell Stitch



This has a bit of curl to it, so you may want to consider adding a border

Multiple of 3

Rows 1 and 3 (WS): Purl
Row 2: K2 *K2tog, YO, K1*, end K1
Row 4: K2 *YO, K1, K2tog*, end K1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern

Happy Knitting!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Two Color Star Stitch

Sample knit with Caron Simply Soft on US Size 6 needles


Multiple of 3

Cast on using whichever color you prefer

Row 1 (WS): With Color A - Purl
Row 2: With Color A - K2 *YO, K3, Pass the first of the 3 knits over the second and third* Repeat from *, end K1
Row 3: With Color B - Purl
Row 4: With Color B - K1 *K3, Pass the first of the 3 knits over the second and third, YO* Repeat from *, end K2


Repeat these four rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!


Friday, May 10, 2013

Yarn Over Cable

Sample knit with Lily Sugar'n Cream Cotton on US Size 8 needles

Like cables, but don't want to actually knit cables?  You might like this stitch then!

*Stitches are slipped purlwise with yarn held in the back
*Stitch count varies and does not remain constant with each row

Multiple of 5 + 2

Row 1 (RS): P2 *Sl 1, K2, PSSO the 2 knit sts, P2*
Row 2: K2 *P1, YO, P1, K2*
Row 3: P2 *K3, P2*
Row 4: K2 *P3, K2*

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.  Happy Knitting!



Friday, May 3, 2013

Woven Stitch

Sample knit with Rowan Kid Classic on US Size 8


Any even number of stitches

Rows 1 and 3: (WS)  Purl
Row 2: K1 *Sl 1 wyif, K1* Repeat from * to end, K1
Row 4: K1 *K1, Sl 1 wyif* Repeat from * to end, K1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern


Friday, April 26, 2013

Roman Rib

Sample knit with Rowan Kid Classic on US Size 8 needles 
Any even number of stitches

Row 1 (WS): Knit
Row 2: Purl
Rows 3 and 4: *K1, P1*
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Rows 7 and 8: *P1, K1*

Repeat these 8 Rows for the pattern.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Spiral Rib

Sample knit with Malabrigo worsted on US Size 10 Needles

Multiple of 6 + 2

Rows 1 and 3: (WS) K2 *P4, K2*
Row 2: P2 *(K2tog, leave sts on needle, K first st again and drop both from left needle) twice, P2*
Row 4: P2 *K1, K2tog - K first st again as above, K1, P2*

Repeat these four rows for the pattern.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Zigzag Knotted Rib

Sample knit with Caron Simply Soft on US Size 8 Needles

Multiple of 5 + 2

Row 1 (RS): P2 *insert needle from back to front between first and second stitches on left needle, knit second stitch, then knit first stitch and slip both from the left needle at the same time, P3*

Row 2: K2 *skip first stitch, purl second stitch, then purl first stitch and slip both from the left needle at the same time, K3*

Repeat these two rows for the pattern


Friday, April 5, 2013

Threaded Ribbon Stitch

Sample knit with Caron Simply Soft, US Size 9 Needles

This is a great "mindless knitting" stitch, good for TV watching.  Not much to think about, and if you make a mistake, it is easy to spot and fix.

One thing I noticed about this stitch is that it has a bit of a wave to it.  Blocking should help flatten it out some, or you could let the fabric go as is if it doesn't bother you.

Multiple of 6 + 1

Row 1: K1 *P5, K1*
Row 2: P1 *K5, P1*

Repeat Rows 1-2 twice more

Row 7: P1 *K5, P1*
Row 8: K1 *P5, K1*

Repeat Rows 7-8 twice more

Repeat these 12 rows for the pattern



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Little Ladder Stitch

Multiple of 6+4
Rows 1 and 3: Knit
Row 2: P4 *K2, P4*
Row 4: P1, K2 *P4, K2*, end P1

Repeat these four rows for the pattern

Friday, March 15, 2013

Open Twist Lace Edging

Sample knit with #10 Crochet Cotton on US Size 0 Needles

K = Knit
YO = Yarn Over
P = Purl
K2tog = Knit 2 together

The double yarn over in Row 1 will be worked as separate loops on Row 2.  The third stitch of the K3 is the first loop of the yarn over, and the purl stitch is the second loop of the yarn over. 

Cast on 7 stitches

Row 1: K3, YO, K2tog, YO twice, K2
Row 2: K3, P1, K2, YO, K2tog, K1
Row 3: K3, YO, K2tog, K4
Row 4: BO 2, K3, YO, K2tog, K1

Repeat these 4 rows for the pattern

In the video, the sample is knit with worsted weight yarn on US Size 10 needles.  I also show you the sample above to compare the two.  Fine yarn and small needles can create very elegant lace.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Pearl Stitch

Sample knit with Patons Classic Wool (hand dyed) on US Size 10 needles


Super simple stitch, and great for those who don't mind purling.

I found this in an old book.  Old books sometimes referred to purl as pearl, and this was called "Pearl Stitch"; the instructions also stated to 'pearl' the stitches.  But, I thought it confusing to  label this Purl Stitch, so I just left it spelled as I found it.  

These edges are awfully sloppy, even with the extra stitch on each side; I'd add a few more to neaten things up.

Multiple of 2 + 2

Row 1: K1 *P1, Sl 1 wyif* K last stitch
Rows 2 and 4: Purl
Row 3: K1 *Sl 1 wyif, P1* K last stitch

Repeat these four rows for the pattern


Friday, March 1, 2013

Spine Stitch

Sample knit with Malabrigo worsted on US Size 10 needles

I promise, you can do this one!  You may just need a little practice first.  Please do not skip over this stitch if it seems confusing or hard.  It really isn't!  And it make such a pretty fabric!

  
Work on a multiple of 4

C2B = Cross two back: Knit second stitch on left needle through the back loop, then knit first stitch through the back loop, drop both from left needle 

C2F = Cross two front: Knit second stitch on left needle through the front loop, then knit first stitch through the front loop, drop both from left needle

Row 1: (RS) *C2B, C2F*
Row 2: Purl

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.



Friday, February 22, 2013

Blanket Rib Stitch

Sample knit with Malabrigo Worsted on US Size 10 needles

I love how this stitch looks in the Malabrigo worsted!  This little sample was so soft and squishy in my hands; what a wonderfully snuggly throw this stitch would create in Malabrigo worsted.  

Work on a multiple of 2 + 1

Row 1: (RS) Kfb in each stitch    (knit into front and back of same stitch)
Row 2: K2tog *P2tog, K2tog*

Repeat these two rows for the pattern.  Super easy, super fast.  



Friday, February 15, 2013

Crow's Foot Stitch

Sample knit with Caron Spa on US Size 6 needles


This is very similar to Bamboo or Wrapped Stitch; the only difference is that you are passing a slipped stitch over the knit stitches instead of a yarn over.

*If you are unfamiliar with any of the abbreviations below, you can find them in the tab at the top of the blog*

Work on a multiple of 3 + 1

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Row 2: K1 *YO, Sl 1, K2, PSSO*
Row 3: Purl all stitches

Repeat from Row 2 for pattern


Friday, February 8, 2013

Bias Eyelet Point Edging - Tenth in the Vintage Stitch Series

Sample knit with Patons Lace on US Size 6 needles

This edging comes from a "Housekeeper", submitted to the knit and crochet column of the NY Daily Tribune on Sunday, February 22, 1880.

Cast on 4
Row 1: K1, YO, K2tog, YO, K1
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K2, YO, K2tog, YO, K1
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K3, YO, K2tog, YO, K1
Row 6: Bind off 3, K3

Repeat from Row 1 until edging is as long as needed



Friday, February 1, 2013

Embossed Bell Motif

Sample knit on US Size 6 needles - Patons Classic Wool that I dyed myself


You can space the bells any way you like; in my sample I worked with 18 stitches, and knit the first 6, made a bell, knit 6, made another bell, then knit the last 6.

SKP = Slip next st purlwise, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over
K = Knit
P = Purl
K2tog = Knit 2 together
P2tog = Purl 2 together

Motif is worked on six stitches, on  a reverse stocking stitch background

Row 1: (RS) P to bell position, cast on 6 for the bell, P to end
Row 2 and all WS Rows: K background sts, P bell sts
Row 3: P background sts, K bell sts, P to end
Row 5: P background sts, when  you reach the bell sts: SKP, K2, K2tog, P to end
Row 7: P background sts, when you reach the bell sts: SKP, K2tog, P to end
Row 9: P background sts, when you reach the bell sts: K2tog, P to end
Row 11: P background sts, when you reach the last bell st, purl it together with next st on left needle, P to end
Row 12: K

Repeat these 12 rows for the pattern


Here is the video.  Happy Knitting!