New Knits

November 23, 2007 at 9:35 pm (Knit)

Here are some things I’ve been working on lately for a Christmas artist sale at the LYS.

DSC01286.JPG This is a prototype of a series I’m working on. It’s supposed to be a cat skull and crossbones. The intarsia pattern didn’t come out exactly like I planned, so I’m back at the light board fixing it.

DSC01281.JPGDSC01280.JPG For the urban chic kiddo.

DSC01276.JPGHere I was experimenting with what I call a twist stitch because I don’t know if it has a real name. Basically, you knit 5 to 6 rows, then on the 6th (or 7th) you twist the left needle clockwise 360° at intervals. On this hat I twisted every 5th stitch.

DSC01273.JPG A really cut picot edge, which I LOVE, except that it takes so long to cast on.

DSC01277.JPGAnd some generic stripey hats for boys (or girls.)

I have lots of handspun yarn to show you, but they are still on the bobbins.

It’s black Friday, and that’s about all they are covering on the news. I hate shopping and would gladly pay extra, if I could do it when there are not tons of people around. If I was famous or rich, I think I’d do like Oprah and make the store stay open after hours so that I could shop alone. Anyway, for those of you who do go out and shop Black Friday, are the sales really that good? Because I’m thinking that all the hype is just a ploy, and the prices aren’t that great, they are just trying to convince us they are.

As for me, I’m sitting here with a cuppa hot chocolate, with the heat on, but not too much. Ruby, the dog, is deep asleep at me feet, dreaming, and slightly kicking my chair every so often. I’m about to get up and go unpack a couple more boxes. Some day I’ll be finished. I’m making chicken and dumplings for dinner and then I’m going to knit some more.

So, how ’bout you, have you found your car yet, in that endless sea of steel and cellphones that is the mall parking lot?

ETA: This is not how the weather is today. Today, it is cloudy, blustering, and quite chilly for central Texas.


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Free Pattern – Double Layer Short Scarf

November 6, 2007 at 2:36 am (Knit)


This scarf is not double knitted, I just designed it so that it would fold over onto itself naturally. It knits up very quickly, and has added interest from the seed stitch cuff on each end. (See seed stitch below.) I used a variegated red/pink/gray worked together with a solid pink worsted weight.

Important note: slip the 1st stitch of every row, to prevent one side looking loose.

Using 2 worsted weight yarns held and worked together for the entire project, and size 11 needles,

CO 18 stitches.
Work in Seed Stitch for 2.5 inches.
Work in Pattern (see below) for 32 inches.
Work in Seed Stitch for 2.5 inches.
Bind off.
The long edges of scarf should naturally fold back onto the wrong side. You can, if you like, baste them together with a running stitch, although it’s probably not necessary.

Make 2 pom-poms and attach 1 to each end. This would also look good with 2 smaller pom-poms on each end, but I was running low on patience.

RS row – Slip first stitch, K across.
WS row – Slip first stitch, K2, Purl until three stitches from end, K last 3 stitches.

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Knitting Tip

November 6, 2007 at 2:23 am (Knit)

for knitting 1×1 Rib and Seed Stitch


1×1 rib is knitting 1 knit stitch, then 1 purl stitch across the row, on the next row you purl the knits from previous row and you knit the purls from the previous row. This results in a very stretchy fabric with defined rows.

Seed Stitch is just like a 1×1 rib, except that you alternate from row to row. A stitch that you knit on one side, you knit again on the other, and one that you purled, you purl again on the reverse. This creates an interesting, textured fabric that is almost as stretchy as ribbing.

Technique so you don’t have to think about it:
In a 1×1 Rib, the total number of stitches, when divided by 2, should be an even number. If you do this, you can start every row with a knit stitch and don’t have to worry about where you are or reading the stitches.
80/2=40 GOOD
78/2=39 BAD

the reverse is true for Seed Stitch. The total stitches, when divided by 2, should be an odd number. Doing this will ensure that every row ends on a knit stitch, then when you turn for the new row, every row begins with a knit stitch, keeping the seeded texture.
90/2=45 GOOD
88/2=44 BAD

Do your thinking when you are planning, before you start, so you can free your mind while you knit and don’t have to count or ID stitches.

Lastly, if you can learn it, try doing 1×1 rib in Continental Knitting. One you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed at how much faster it will go.

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