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.