Showing posts with label Stitch Library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stitch Library. Show all posts

Monday, 9 November 2015

The Weekly Swatch: The Smocking Stitch



The Smocking Stitch is a slightly more advanced stitch motif, creating a two-dimensional texture, which resembles the lattice stitch in appearance. This is achieved through a very limited amount of cabling on both the 4th and 8th rows of the stitch sequence. All other rows require simple knitting or purling. 

Smocking Stitch

Multiple of 6 stitches


Row 1 (wrong side): P2, *K2, P4; rep from * to last 4 sts., K2, P2.

Row 2 (right side)K2, *sl. 2 sts. purlwise, K4; rep. from * to last 4 sts., sl 2 sts. knitwise, K2.

Row 3: P2*sl. 2 sts. knitwise, P4; rep. from to last 4 sts., sl 2 sts. knitwise, P2.


Row 4:  *Sl 1st knitwise, place 2sts. onto CN (Cable Needle) and hold at back of work, K1, K2 sts. from CN, sl next st. onto CN and hold at front of work, K2, K1 st from CN; rep. from * to end. 


Row 5: K1, P4, *K2, P4; rep from * to last st., K1.


Row 6: Sl1 st knitwise, K4, *sl 2 sts knitwise, K4; rep from * to last st., sl 1st knitwise.


Row 7: Sl1 st knitwise, P4, *sl 2 sts knitwise, P4; rep from * to last st., sl 1st knitwise.

Row 8:  *Place 1st. onto CN and hold at front of work, K2, K1 st. from CN, sl next 2 sts. onto CN and hold at back of work, K1, K2 sts. from CN; rep. from * to end. 


Repeat Row 1 - Row 8 for pattern.


Smocking Stitch


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Weekly Swatch: The Honeycomb Stitch

Honeycomb Knit Stitch 

The Honeycomb Knit Stitch as featured above is an uncomplicated stitch motif (no purling, just knitting!), resulting in a dense, yet flexible, texture, which is ideal for a wide variety of wintery garments and accessories. These tend to be designed to retain heat, whilst remaining breathable; and the Honeycomb Stitch fulfils these design requirements perfectly. 


Honeycomb Knit Stitch Sample


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Cartridge Rib Stitch in the Round + Cat = Cat Leg Warmer



Cartridge Rib Stitch in the Round + Cat = Cat Leg Warmer

The blog seems to have received a number of search queries for instructions to the cartridge rib stitch motif knitted in the round. This is potentially the result of an earlier entry, in which I posted the stitch sequence for the basic cartridge rib stitch. This is available here.


Catridge Rib Stitch Sample in the Round

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Weekly Swatch: The Simple Cable Stitch / Rope Stitch

Simple Cable / Rope Stitch (Sample knitted with Rowan Cocoon)

It occurred to me that I have so far seriously neglected knitted cables on this blog, and as I am currently swatching for new designs (another snood / cowl due for release later this autumn), this week's swatch will feature a simple cable stitch, which is also often referred to as 'Rope Stitch'. 



Simple Cable / Rope Stitch (Sample knitted with Stylecraft Signature Chunky)

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Weekly Swatch: The Basket Weave Stitch

Basket Weave Stitch Swatch (knitted in machine knitting cobweb wool / alpaca / acrylic blend)

The Basket Weave Stitch sequence is an uncomplicated stitch motif, imitating the texture of woven baskets as the name implies. Many stitch combinations, which will produce a similar texture, exist. To achieve the below sample a multiple of 10 plus 3 stitches are required. These are either knitted or purled. The Basket Weave Stitch is extremely beginner-friendly and an organic stitch motif for knitted bags, cases or pillow and cushion covers.


Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Weekly Swatch: The Star Stitch

Star Stitch - Swatch Knitted with Sock Yarn

The Star Stitch is a simple lace stitch. All of the in- and decreases are worked on the wrong side, i.e. the purl-side. The right side rows are knitted throughout. 

This stitch motif produces a meshy texture, making it an ideal stitch for summer garments and accessories. 

Star Stitch Swatch Sample with Araucania Botany Lace Sock Yarn

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The Weekly Swatch: Fisherman's Rib Stitch




Fisherman's Rib is one my all-time favourite stitches. Primarily used for thick and stretchy garments, the motif can either be achieved by picking up yarn and wrapping it round the needle followed by decreasing; or by knitting into the stitch directly below the knit stitch and purling the following stitch. For the sample below, I used the latter method.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Weekly Swatch: Fern Stitch Variation

Many lace stitch motifs are referred to as 'Fern Stitches' and the below swatch sample showcases one  of the many variations of the Fern Stitch. 

Knitted with a cotton / acrylic yarn (Stylecraft Kontiki), the texture and look of the sample reminded me somewhat of Entrelac knitting. The stitch motif requires a  multiple of 8 plus 4 stitches.



Fern Stitch Swatch, Yarn: Stylecraft Kontiki

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Weekly Swatch, Part 4 - The Drop Stitch

I'm currently swatching for new projects and seem to have developed a preference for the drop stitch motif. The drop stitch effect is achieved by working a succession of multiple yarn overs into the knitting. On the following row the yarn overs are simply pushed (or "dropped") off the needle, creating a rather loose fabric, which is ideal for scarves and other flowing garments.

For the sample below I used Stylecraft Kon - Tiki - a blend of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. Kon - Tiki has a very soft feel to it and I enjoyed knitting with the yarn. That's why I was surprised to see that it has primarily been used for knitted dishcloths on Ravelry. Let's see whether I can put the balance right and find a slightly more appealing project for my stash of  Kon - Tiki.



Drop Stitch Swatch (Yarn: Stylecraft Kon - Tiki)

Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Weekly Swatch, Part 3 - The Left Slanting Turkish Rib Stitch



Turkish Rib stitch (left - slanting) is one of those uncomplicated, easily memorisable (is that a word?) stitches that can lend great texture to a knitted piece, especially in combination with other ribbed stitch motifs, emphasising either texture, direction or both. At the same time, it is certainly more interesting than mere two - by - two ribbing, which can get a bit tedious - both to look at and to knit.

Left - slanting Turkish Rib Stitch in Patons UK Vintage (4mm needles)

Monday, 7 May 2012

The Weekly Swatch, Part 2 - Butterfly Wing Stitch

I am swatching rather a lot at the moment, as I am in search of new stitch combinations and swatching tends to get the imagination going.

This week, once again in Knitglobal 4 ply sock yarn, I have prepared a little sample of the Butterfly Wing Stitch. 


Butterfly Wing Stitch Sample in Knitglobal 4 ply Sock Yarn (Plum)



Butterfly Wing Stitch

One pattern repeat consists of 12 rows and is worked in multiples of 26 stitches. On uneven rows, i.e. rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 within the sequence, all stitches are purled.

R1: Purl all stitches

R2: K1, *M1, sl1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog, k3, M1, k2, M1, k3, sl1 , k1, psso, k4, k2tog, M1, k2, rep from *, on last repeat stitch sequence ends on k1 instead of k2.

R4: K1, *M1, k1, sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, k4, M1, k2, M1, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, k1, M1, k2, rep from *,  on last repeat stitch sequence ends on k1 instead of k2.

R6: K1, *M1, k2, sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, k5, M1, k2, M1, k5, sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, k2, M1, k2, rep from *,  on last repeat stitch sequence ends on k1 instead of k2.

R8, K1, *M1, k3, sl 1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog, M1, k2, M1, sl 1, k1, psso, k4, k2tog, k3, M1, k2, rep from *,  on last repeat stitch sequence ends on k1 instead of k2.

R10: K1, *M1, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, k1, M1, k2, M1, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, k4, M1, k2, rep from *,  on last repeat stitch sequence ends on k1 instead of k2.

R12: K1, *M1, k5, sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, [k2, M1] twice, k2, sl 1, k1, psso, k2tog, k5, M1, k2, rep from *,  on last repeat stitch sequence ends on k1 instead of k2.


Butterfly Wing Stitch Sample in Knitglobal 4 ply Sock Yarn (Plum)

Butterfly Wing Stitch Sample in Knitglobal 4 ply Sock Yarn (Plum)

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Weekly Swatch, Part 1 - Cartridge Rib Stitch


I have been toying with the idea of creating a swatch / stitch library on the blog for quite some time, but never gotten round to actually doing something about it. As I have more time on my hands at the moment, it appears a good time to get started and commit. I can't guarantee that this will become a weekly thing, but the good intentions are there. (She says.......)

For various reasons, I am currently into simple stich motifs. When designing my own knitted objects, I found that simplicity is a good starting point. From a practical viewpoint, simple motifs make it easy to knit whilst doing something else.


Cartridge Rib Stitch


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