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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Brioche Honeycomb

Brioche Honeycomb

Non - Reversible

Multiples of 2 with increase to 3, and 4 row repeat
photo shows DK weight, size 6 needles
4x4 inch swatch = 16 with increase to 24 stitches, 22 rows

Super stretch and texture, with a pattern that may seem intimidating at first (but becomes easier as you go along), makes this stitch very interesting. The texture makes it thick, but the yo's keep it lightweight. The reverse side looks like purling.

The one drawback to this stitch is "snagability". The thickness makes it undesirable for socks, and the ability to snag easily might make it a poor choice for mitts, or sleeves and lower torso of a sweater.

When reading the chart, remember that the grey areas represent the absense of a stitch. They are there to compensate for one stitch that will be used as two stitches in the next row.

In most brioche knitting, you knit/purl together a stitch and the yo that was done with it, in the previous row. However, in this pattern, the yo is slipped up to the NEXT row (2 rows up from the sl1yo) to be brioched in THAT row. 



Brioche Honeycomb Chart Instructions (START ON LEFT ws SIDE)

Cast on a multiple of 2 stitches (which will be increased to 3 in row 2 by the yo's, then decreased back to 2 in the following row by the brioche stitch, and continue on in this manner throughout the pattern).

*Note - when handling the "k1, slip wyib the yo stitch", you will knit the stitch that the yo "sits on" first. Then slip the yo stitch wyib. And the same goes when you have k2, before the slipped yo.

Row 1 (ws): k1 (sl1yo, k1) _x, sl1yo
Row 2 (rs):  (k1, slip wyib the yo stitch, k1) _x, to end
Row 3 (ws): (sl1yo, brk) _x, to end
Row 4 (rs):  (k2, slip wyib the yo stitch) _x, to end
Row 5 (ws): (brk, sl1yo) _x, to end
Row 6 (rs):  (k1, slip wyib the yo stitch) _x, to last stitch, k1

Repeat Rows 3 thru 6 to desired length



Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lace Wings Stitch


Lace Wings Stitch


Non - Reversible

Multiples of 7 stitches and 4 rows

photo shows DK weight, size 6 (4mm) needles
swatch is 18 sts, 28 rows in 4 inch square

This pattern looks a lot more complicated than it is. It's actually easy and fast. The stitch creates vertical lines in the middle of the pattern, however it gives the appearance of the pattern being between the vertical lines.
The back is boring, so a reversible design should not be considered.
This stitch would make a great body for a light - medium weight sweater.


Instructions

Cast on multiples of 7 stitches

Row 1 (ws): purl
Row 2 (rs): (k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1) to end
Row 3 (ws): purl
Row 4 (rs): (k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk) to end
Repeat  Rows 1 thru 4, to desired length




3 Color Brioche (stockinette) Stitch

3 Color Brioche Stitch


Non - Reversible
(although reverse looks good)

Multiples of 2 + 1, with a 9 row repeat
Gauge is 4 stitches and 8 rows per inch




Chart Instructions

Color A (CA)- Grape AIM-16 Color B (CB) - Bud AIM-05 Color C (CC) - Sandal Wood AIM-09

Cast on 39 stitches ( using Italian cast on - using only one color - Grape is used here )
*NOTE - Side (first and last) stitches to be knit on the (rs) and slipped on the (ws), to keep a more even edge.

Row 1 (ws): (set up row created by cast on - in CA)
Row 2 (rs): With CB ( k1, sl1yo) to last stitch, k1
Row 3 (ws): With CC s1 (brp, sl1yo) to last 2 stitches, brp, s1
Row 4 (rs): With CA k1 ( sl1yo, brk ) to last 2 stitches, sl1yo, k1
Row 5 (ws): With CB s1 ( brp, sl1yo) to last 2 stitches, brp, s1
Row 6 (rs): With CC k1 ( sl1yo, brk ) to last 2 stitches, sl1yo, k1
Row 7 (ws): With CA s1 ( brp, sl1yo) to last 2 stitches, brp, s1
Row 8 (rs): With CB k1 ( sl1yo, brk ) to last 2 stitches, sl1yo, k1
Repeat Rows 3 thru 8 until desired length (make sure you have enough yarn left of your CA to knit 2 more rows)

Recommended Finish -

Repeat Row 3
Last Row - Knit across using only CA
Bind Off - Using Kitchener stitch Bind off in CA 



Monday, July 15, 2013

Why You Should ALWAYS Swatch a New Pattern

The Importance of a Swatch


In my knitting stitch travels, I've come to realize one great truth. We need to ALWAYS knit a SWATCH.

Yes, we may think it's not ALWAYS necessary, especially on a scarf, and it can seem like a real drudge, BUT...

Take a look at these stitch swatches

Rib Diagonal Stitch

Diagonal Stitch

Even a scarf can be tricky, if you're using a stitch pattern that sends your stitches in weird directions.

Now, personally, I love the "Rib Diagonal Stitch" Pattern. It's a beautiful pattern, and it makes great diamonds GOING DIAGONALLY! Still you could make a bunch of diamonds and sew them together, I guess.

However, the point is, it doesn't work for most knit patterns. You would have to compensate by adding and deleting side stitches, to keep it straight. Something I'll have to look into, at a future date.

The "Diagonal Stitch" pattern is another matter, all together. It seems to travel everywhere, and not equally. I don't know how you could compensate for that.

It's always bothered me, that you have to stretch and pin knitted pieces, to get them to conform with pattern schematics. It's a pain, when they're in pieces, but after being sewn together, worn and washed, it's an even greater pain. 

Some stitch patterns are just difficult to work with (as seen above). They are legitimate stitch patterns, but should not be used in very many applications. They should be labeled "knitter beware".

So I have become a firm believer now. I hope I've convinced any non-believers out there.

You really need to swatch if:

* You're using a new pattern

* You're using a new yarn on an old pattern 

* You're using a new stitch pattern. Don't assume the photographs are a true representation of the pattern outcome.  They may have been drastically stretched. 

* You're using an old pattern with the same yarn you've used before, but it's in a different color. Dyes effect the yarn, and can make it react differently than the same yarn in another color.

* You're using an old pattern with the same old yarn, and the same needle size, BUT a different set of needles. Again, different needles, different reactions to yarn, and possibly a different gauge.

So, in other words, you can only get by without a swatch, if you're knitting the same pattern, in the same yarn and color, with the same needles. But swatch, anyway!

Happy Knitting!

Bow Knot Stitch


Bow Knot Stitch

(but it looks like a dragonfly, to me)
Non - Reversible

Multiples of 18 + 9
(but for working in the round, multiples of 18 work)

photo shows Worsted weight, size 8 needle
swatch is 6 x 6 inches, 27 stitches, 20 rows

This is a relatively easy stitch, and reminds me of dragonflies. The pattern can easily be changed by shortening the purl rows, to give a butterfly effect.

This pattern can be stopped, only after Row 10 or Row 20. Anything else would disrupt the stitch pattern and overall appearance.


Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast on multiples of 18 + 9 stitches, or multiples of 18 (if sides don't have to look the same)

Row 1 (rs): (k9, p9) _x, k9
Row 2 (ws): p9 (k9, p9) _x, to end
Row 3 (rs): knit
Row 4 (ws): purl
Row 5 (rs): knit
Row 6 (ws): purl
Row 7 (rs): (k9, p9) _x, k9
Row 8 (ws): p9 (k9, p9) _x, to end
Row 9 (rs): k9 (k4, Dus9r, k4) _x, k9
Row 10 (ws): purl
Row 11 (rs): (p9, k9) _x, p9
Row 12 (ws): k9 (p9, k9) _x, to end
Row 13 (rs): knit
Row 14 (ws): purl
Row 15 (rs): knit
Row 16 (ws): purl
Row 17 (rs): (p9, k9) _x, p9
Row 18 (ws): k9 (p9, k9) _x, to end
Row 19 (rs): (k4, Dus9r, k13) _x, k4, Dus9r, k4
Row 20 (ws): purl
Repeat rows1 thru 20


Further explanation of  
Insert right needle tip in the purl loop, nine rows below the next stitch, and place it on the left needle. Knit the next stitch and the loop together, making one stitch and creating a bow like effect.

This bow concept can be altered by changing stitches and rows used, and done in a lace weight yarn, this stitch will appear quite different.

If knitting in the round, omit the extra 9 stitches and follow the boardered chart pattern only.

Baby Fern Stitch


Baby Fern Stitch

Non - Reversible

Multiples of 9 +4 stitches
photo shows Lace weight, size 2 needles
swatch is 5 1/2  x  5 1/2 inches
31 stitches, 43 rows

The photo doesn't show, but this pattern gives a nice scalloped edge. But it curls up and scrunches together.  It would probably be better to Cast on in a larger needle, to avoid this problem. The bind off is straight, however. 
If knitting a scarf, it would be ideal to knit two identical lengths and then join them together on the straight, bound off, edges. That way each end would have the nice scalloped edge.

The scalloped edge would also look great on mitts or beanies. There's a fair amount of elasticity to this pattern, so a ribbing may not be necessary. A couple of pattern lengths could also be used as trim.

Stitch pattern Chart

Chart 1 and Pattern Instructions

Cast on multiples of 9 + 4 stitches (two pattern sequences in chart - 22 stitches)

Row 1 (ws): purl
Row 2 (rs): k2, (ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog) _x, k2
Row 3 (ws): k1, purl to last stitch, k1
Row 4 (rs): k2, (ssk, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, k2tog) _x, k2
Row 5 (ws): Repeat Row 3
Row 6 (rs): k2, (ssk, yo, k5, yo, k2tog) _x, k2
Row 7 (ws): Repeat Row 3
Repeat Rows 2 thru 7 for desired number of times

Chart to show how pattern looks




Saturday, July 13, 2013

Basket Double


Basket Double


Reversible
Multiples of 18 + 10 stitches
photo shows Worsted weight, size 8 needle
swatch is 6 x 6 inches
28 stitches, 18 rows

This is a nice reversible pattern that has plenty of stretch. The pattern becomes self-explanatory after a working the first pattern set.



Swatch Chart
Cast on multiples of 18 + 10 stitches

Row 1 (rs):    (k11, p2, k2, p2, k1) _x, k10
Row 2 (ws):   p1, k8, p1 (p1,k2, p2, k2, p2, k8, p1) _x, to end
Row 3 (rs):    (k1, p8, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1) _x, k1, p8, k1
Row 4 (ws):   p10 (p1, k2, p2, k2, p11) _x, to end
Row 5 (rs):    (k11, p2, k2, p2, k1) _x, k10
Row 6 (ws):   p1, k8, p1 (p1,k2, p2, k2, p2, k8, p1) _x, to end
Row 7 (rs):   (k1, p8, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1) _x, k1, p8, k1
Row 8 (ws):  p10 (p1, k2, p2, k2, p11) _x, to end
Row 9 (rs):   knit to end
Row 10 (ws):  (p2, k2) 2x, p2 (p10, k2, p2, k2, p2) _x, to end
Row 11 (rs):   (k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p8) _x, (k2, p2) 2x, k2
Row 12 (ws):  (p2, k2) 2x, p2, (k8, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2) _x, to end
Row 13 (rs):   (k2, p2, k2, p2, k10) _x, (k2, p2) 2x, k2
Row 14 (ws):  (p2, k2, p2, k2, p2 (p10, k2, p2, k2, p2) _x, to end
Row 15 (rs):   (k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p8) _x, (k2, p2) 2x, k2
Row 16 (ws):  (p2, k2) 2x, p2, (k8, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2) _x, to end
Row 17 (rs):   (k2, p2, k2, p2, k10) _x, (k2, p2) 2x, k2
Row 18 (ws):  purl to end
Repeat Rows 1 thru 18 for desired number of times

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Eyelet Lace Stitch


Eyelet Lace Stitch



Reversible

Multiples of 4 (with extra side stitches)
photo shows Worsted weight, size 8 needles
swatch is 6 x 6 inches
28 stitches, 18 rows

A few things about this stitch. In worsted weight, it gives the appearance of crochet, no real drape and medium density. However, in a lighter weight with a much larger needle, this could have a lace effect with drape.

This is a very easy pattern, and knits up quickly.




Eyelet Lace Stitch Chart


Cast on multiples of 4 stitches, and additional edge stitches (the chart uses 2 additional on each edge)

Row 1 (rs): p2 ( yo, p4tog ) _x, p2
Row 2 (ws): k2 ( k1, inc3 ) _x, k2
Row 3 (rs): knit



Star Stitch


Star Stitch



Non -Reversible
Multiples of 4 + 1 (staggered)

photo shows DK weight, size 6 needles
swatch is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 33 stitches, 40 rows


Because this stitch pattern is staggered, you will start the pattern on the second stitch of the second row, and the fourth stitch of the fourth row. You will also have two extra stitches at the end of each fourth row. All the stitches, not in pattern, are just knit.

I didn't realize how striped this pattern would look, in the two colors. I don't particularly like it. However, done in a multi and a solid (that is a color in the multi), I think it would look fantastic.

There isn't much, if any, drape. The stars create tiny holes, so it's not as dense as you might expect.


Star Stitch Chart Instructions

LC - Light Color DC - Dark Color

Cast on multiples of 4 + 1 (but at least 9) stitches

Row 1 (ws): With DC purl
Row 2 (rs): With LC k1 ( sl 1, m1, sl 1, k1, psso, k1 ) _x, to end of row
Row 3 (ws): purl
Row 4 (rs): With DC k3 ( sl 1, m1, sl 1, k1, psso, k1 ) _x, k2
Row 5 (ws): purl
Repeat Rows 2 - 5 until desired length

* Note - Depending on the amount of stitches used, you will either add additional knit stitches to the end of the second or fourth rows (see chart).