Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Teaching myself one new knit stitch a week, from the Complete Guide to Needlework book, c. 1979, and other sources.
I like this stitch - it's relatively uncomplicated and pretty. First, I knit up the swatch on the right - Knit Picks in Brown Sugar. I cast on 24 stitches on size 8 needles. I realized that the P1, K1, P1 at the end of the repeat forms the rib in between the fern pattern. So, on the teal yarn, I cast on 22 stitches and dropped the last 2 stitches of every row - it looks a bit more balanced to me that way...
Multiple of 12 stitches.
Row 1 and alt rows (wrong side) purl
Row 2: *K2 tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, sl1, k1, psso, P1, K1, P1*
Row 4: *K2 tog, K1, yo, K3, yo, K1, sl1, K1, psso, P1, K1, P1*
Row 6: *K2 tog, yo, K5, yo, sl1, K1, psso, P1, K1, P1*
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I found this fascinating stitch in a book called Knit Local. I really love the nubby texture it creates, and it's so easy to stitch.
I knit mine up using size 8 needles, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, and Yarn Bee Andes Alpaca.
(multiple of 2 stitches, plus 1)
Row 1: P1, *k1 tbl, p1
Row 2: Knit
The wrong side is really nice, too, and reminds me of the Stocking Heel Stitch:
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I did it - just wrapped up my final 3 birds today - it's been a lot of gorgeous fun making these from the Snowbird pattern from Larissa Holland. You know, I wouldn't say that any of these stitch up very fast - I spent at least 4-6 hours hand sewing each one - but it's such a fun process that the hours really fly by.
Anyhow, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by family and by everyone you love.