Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Escalator Pattern

            More purl welts today, I don't know what it is about this pattern everyone I've shown it to says it's great, personally I think it's a bit silly it's just sequential purl welts! Barbra says its "fun", well I'm not sure about that but it certainly is quick to work despite the length of the pattern. I'm a bit behind on the knitting at the moment, I've been too busy trying not to be a fat bastard and have started running away from zombies. So if the uploads are less regular that's why.

 Simple purl welts on a knit background, not much to say about the pattern this week.

Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 32st x 48st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple of 32st
Rows 1 & 3 - *K5, P11*
Row 2 - *K11,P5*
Rows 4 & 6 - *P*
Row 5 - *K*
Row 7 & 9 - P4*K5,P11*K5,P7
Row 8 - K7*P5,K11*P5,K4
Rows 10 & 12 - *P*
Row 11 - *K*
Rows 13 & 15 - P5*K5,P11*K5,P3
Rows 16 & 18 - *P*
Row 17 - *K*
Row 19 & 21 - K1,P11*K5,P11*
Row 20 - P4*K11,P5*
Rows 22 & 24 - *P*
Row 23 *K*

            Phew that's a long pattern! It's not hard once you get into the swing of it if you can "read" your knitting. It also knits up surprisingly quickly. Now I have to go run away from some zombies so, happy knitting!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ripple Rib Stitch

            And we're back sorry for the break in your regularly scheduled programming, but I just got my laptop back from the chopshop, the steam sale is on and I had some quizzes to attend. So the updates got away from me; we're back now and we've got some nice swatches to do. Oh and remember when I said we were out of broken rib territory? Well that may have been a small accidental lie (Look I forgot about this stitch okay?!). On with the knitting!
            So ripple rib stitch is basically a 2x2 rib that's broken every row, one stitch at a time moving the pattern either left or right.;(depending on the row) this forms alternating diagonal going left and right. It looks a lot like last weeks pattern if you rotated it 90 degrees, but other than appearance the actual patterns have very little in common. It's a pretty good example of how in knitting there can be many ways to do one thing. The stitch is also fully reversible, although the ribs are staggered compared to the front.

The stitch has quite a lot of lateral stretch, so if you aren't a fan of how tight ribbing can be this can be a viable alternative at the bottom of a jumper.

The stitches tend to warp just after or just before they're broken, this gives the ribs an appealing rounded shape.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply -2.5mm needles - 30st x 48st - Long tail CON - Chain COFF

Pattern for working flat:
*because this pattern only uses 4 different rows I've written it slightly differently so i don't have to keep re-writing stuff*
CON - multiple of 4 st

A - *P2, K2*
B - P1* K2,P2*K2,P1
C - K1*P2,K2*P2,K1
D - *K2,P2*

Row 1 - A                                 Row 9 - A
Row 2 - A                                 Row 10 - A
Row 3 - B                                 Row 11 - C
Row 4 - C                                 Row 12 - B
Row 5 - D                                 Row 13 - D
Row 6 - D                                 Row 14 - D     
Row 7 - C                                 Row 15 - B
Row 8 - B                                 Row 16 - C                          

            In the round work as normal 2x2 ribbing for two rows, then stagger stitches left 3, then do an extra row of normal ribbing, then stagger right 3. This is likely the last stitch I'll do a version in the round for. (unless it's obvious) The problem is Barbra doesn't provide patterns in the round so I have to work them out myself and unless I'm going to make a sock out of it, it's probably not worth my time, if someone specifically requests it I will endeavor to figure it out but some of these patterns end up being 20 rows + so it's easy to make an error whilst changing it into in the round. In general in the round just change the even rows knits to purls and purls to knits.
Post complete! Now I can go play some more crusader kings, seriously the steam summer sale is pretty much me throwing money at my laptop. Next time is a pattern lots of people seem to like,
but I think is kinda silly it's an easy one, and I promise that's the last of the broken ribs, (I literally just checked through my physical book there aren't any for the foreseeable future) At least until the ribbing section of the book. Happy Knitting!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Ripple Stitch

            First stitch in the book where Barbra doesn't say anything about it so I guess this o e is going to be short and sweet. Technically a series of purl welts changing positions subtlely every row. (The guy who put the b in subtle was a clever bastard) It's a pretty long pattern this time around so let's get into it.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 50st - Long Tail CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

            As you can see it's a pretty short pattern it takes nearly as long to work as garter stitch so a slow one this week, combined with the fact that the pattern is a pretty long one I wouldn't personally use it as an overall pattern but it is very nice so it would make nice squares in a blanket.

Pattern working flat:
CON 8st + 6
Row 1 - K6*P2,K6*
Row 2 - K1*P4,K4*P4,K1
Row 3 - P2*K2,P2*
Row 4 - P1*K4,P4*
Row 5 - K2*P2,K6*P2,K2
Row 6 - P6*K2,P6*
Row 7 - P1*K4,P4*K4,P1
Row 8 - K2*P2,K2*
Row 9 - K1*P4,K4*P4,K1
Row 10 - P2*K2,P6*K2,P2

The pattern is the same in the round but on even rows the knits are purls and purls are knits. IE:
Row 2 - P1*K4,P4*K4,P1

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Roman Rib Stitch

            No mysteries around the name this week, this stitch is named as it's a variation on Roman stitch. In this variation the knits and purls are alternated as in Roman Stitch but the rows are in a different order.

Weirdly it has the appearance of a broken rib stitch and technically could be named as one but it's similarity to Roman stitch means they are more often than not found together.

 The overall texture has a corrugated effect
The individual stitches tend to twist here particularly the bottom stitch in a ridge.

The Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 42st - long tail CON - chain COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON Even st
Row 1 - *K*
Row 2 - *P*
Rows 3 & 4 - *K1,P1*
Row 5 - *K*
Row 6 - *P*
Rows 7 & 8 - *P1,K1*

Pattern for working in the round:
CON Even at
Rows 1 & 2 - *K*
Rows 3 & 4 - *K1,P1*
Rows 5 & 6 - *K*
Rows 7 & 8 - *P1,K1*

            Well I think that is probably the last of the broken ribs for now but this one is at least interesting given its relation to Roman stitch. Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Roman Stitch

            The name of this stitch fascinates me, on the one hand there is very little evidence of Romans knitting, or at least in the sense of what we today would call knitting. On the other hand there doesn't seem to be an origin for this stitch as it is very old. Barbra fails to mention anything about the name in the book so I decided to look it up.

            I couldn't​ find why the stitch was named thus; I did however, discover in Rome occupied Egypt there was a practise called nalebinding. It's again hard to say where this craft originates, however it appears to be a form of single needle knitting. Now I suspect that Roman Stitch owes its name to the fact that it has an astonishing similarity to nalebound objects. So even though its roots may not technically be ancient knitting in the traditional sense, it is likely a copy of one of the oldest forms of knitting in the world.

            Now on with the pattern, it's fairly simple, consisting of seed stitch stripes against a stockinette background. The reverse is an interesting recessed purl pattern.

The Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - long tail CON - Chain COFF - worked flat

Stitch pattern working flat:
CON Even at
Rows 1 & 3 - *K*
Rows 3 & 4 - *P*
Row 5 - *K1,P1*
Row 6 - *P1,K1*

Pattern worked in the round:
CON Odd at
Rows 1-4 - *K*
Row 5 - *K1,P1*
Row 6 - *P1,K1*

            This stitch is a nice easy one that knits up nice and quickly especially compared to the broken rib patterns we just slogged though so a nice change just as I was getting sick of the broken ribs. Happy Knitting! 😀😀😀

Monday, 19 June 2017

Double Broken Rib

            We've reached the end of our broken rib patterns! Sorry for the break in posts, but my laptop is down the chopshop to have the lid repaired, (the top is coming away from the left hinge D:) so I'm posting from my phone for now (which is a bloody nightmare as blogger doesn't properly from at on androids). 
            Alright back to the stitch it's basically the same as broken rib but works for a 2x2 rib, and is worked over 4 rows rather than 2. It has a more blocky look than collumny look and the reverse just like in regular broken rib is bobbly on the reverse.
Double Broken Rib overview

Double Broken Rib Closeup

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 44st - German loop CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Only two patterns one for flat one for round.

Working flat: 
CON multiple of 4st +2
Row 1 - Purl all st 
Row 2 - Knit all st 
Row 3 - K2*P2,K2*
Row 4 - P2*K2,P2*

Working round
CON multiple of 4 at
Rows 1 & 2 - Knit all st
Rows 3 & 4 - *K2,P2*

Last broken rib coming up next are some ancient stitches. Happy Knitting!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Broken Rib Stitch

            We found the source! The original broken rib pattern (I mean obviously hence the name) Not long now soon we will be out of broken rib mania. 
            A very old stitch but still pretty popular works well on jumpers with ribbing at the hems as it continues the ribbing pattern but doesn't have as much stretch. If you're going to use it as a continuation of ribbing for this version of broken rib you have to use it on 1x1 ribbing and make sure the knit stitches align. Double broken rib can be used for 2x2 ribbing but more on that later.

In colour broken rib appears a lot more column-y than in Barbara's Black and white picture. Some of the images in the book look very different from the final colour result, this may be a quirk of the lighting that they were originally taken in.
The columns themselves are also a lot more spread than in regular ribbing as the purl stitches are pulling the knit stitches apart more as they are more frequent than in regular ribbing. More on how purl and knit stitches pull on each other later.

The Swatch is as follows: 4 Ply - 2.5mm needles - 31st x 44st - Double Loop CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF - Worked Flat
            Pattern tends to work up quickly, faster than regular ribbing thanks to the plain purl rows for working flat:
CON - Odd st
Row 1 - K1 *P1,K1*
Row 2 - Purl all st

for 2x2 ribbing with a break every other row:
CON - multiple of 4st +2
Row 1 -  K2 *P2,K2*
Row 2 - Purl all st

In the round the patterns are as follows, 1x1 rib:
CON - Even st
Row 1: *P1,K1* OR *K1, P1* (Makes no difference just be consistent)
Row 2: Purl

in the round 2x2 rib:
CON - Multiple of 4st
Row 1: *P2,K2* OR *K2,P2* (Makes no difference just be consistent)
Row 2: Purl

            Wow 4 whole patterns this week, they're all pretty similar just slight adjustments are needed depending on whether you're working flat or round and how wide your ribbing is. You should be able to extrapolate this for even wider sets of ribbing but I doubt you'll use wider than 4x4 ;) Well you lot better get knitting if you want this to get done so off you pop and happy knitting! :)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sand and Dot Stitch

            Two stitches at once?! A Christmas in June miracle! Well kinda not really, it's just a stitch with a reverse that happens to be another stitch. It is an unusual elongated broken rib pattern, it can be viewed either way, it is more often viewed on the sand side which is the purl side. A hard wearing stitch it's well suited to frequently used sportswear or items for pets. The reverse side is called dot stitch or spot stitch because of the isolated purl bumps. It's a relatively quick knit compared to other broken ribs thanks to the knit row breaks.

Dot/Spot Stitch Overview
Dot stitch bears a strong similarity to stockinette, but doesn't have as much stretch and is also tougher so it's useful for pieces where you want the look of stockinette but need a more hard wearing stitch.
Dot/Spot Stitch Closeup
You can easily see the majority of the pattern in dot stitch is in the knit stitches.
Sand Stitch Overview
This is an overall look at sand stitch it's easy to see it tends to curl horizontally, so it's not one of the broken rib patterns that are suitable for borders.
Sand Stitch Closeup
The appearance of sand stitch is interesting it looks like lots of interconnected hills; it's hard wearing and doesn't take long to knit so is a good overall pattern choice.

The swatch is as follows - 4 Ply - 2.5mm needles -30st x 44st - German Loop CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF - Worked flat 

            A two for one, everyone enjoys a freebie, it is worked the same worked flat and in the round so it's likely the easiest and quickest of all the broken rib patterns:
CON - Even st
Rows 1 & 3: Knit all st
Row 2: *K1,P1* 
Row 4: *P1,K1*
                  A nice easy one today, and two for the price of one! Happy Knitting :)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Double Moss Stitch

            Another broken rib today! We're in the broken rib zone of the Treasuries book right now, I am doing them in order so we may end up in some repetitive areas in the book (obviously you don't have to do them in order) in reality I tend to do 2-3 swatches a day and I'm much further ahead than it seems on the blog (for reference I'm currently on page 25 and this blog is on page 11). Confusingly Barbara calls this one Double Seed stitch, given that it's much closer to moss stitch and she herself says it "should probably be called Double Moss Stitch" so that's what we're going with because it makes sense Dagnamit!

            Right, so double moss stitch despite it's simplicity is a very attractive pattern, it's also slightly less work intensive than other broken rib patterns as it's based off a 2x2 rib, so you're only changing yarn positions every other stitch as opposed to every stitch.

Moss Stitch Overview
 From a distance, double moss appears as a series of lumpy squares.
Moss stitch Closeup
Up close you can easily see the purl nubs and  the knit dips.

Swatch is as follows - 4 Ply - 2.5mm needles - 32st x 52st - Double Loop CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF - worked flat
As said earlier very similar to moss stitch but the base for the broken rib is a 2x2 ribbing instead of a 1x1
CON multiple of 4 st
Rows 1 & 2: *K2,P2*
Rows 3 & 4: *P2,K2*

As before working in the round is exactly the same (still CON multiple of 4st) but the break happens on rows 1 and 3 instead of 2 and 4.
Pretty similar to yesterday, so this swatch should be a pinch for all! Happy Knitting :)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Moss Stitch

            Seed stitches long lost twin. Or maybe seed stitch is the lost one given moss stitch is so often confused with it! This is probably down to the fact that we Brits called seed stitch moss stitch first and american moss stitch, double moss stitch. This caused further confusion when talking about american double moss stitch. So to avoid any confusion we're using the american name scheme which is far less confusing. This stitch is called moss stitch the previous stitch is seed stitch and the next one is double seed/moss stitch. If you see British moss stitch anywhere that's actually seed stitch and American moss stitch is moss stitch. Easy right?! :S
            I tell you sometimes knitting names schemes are as bad as Tolkien, between Fingol, Fingolfin and Finarfin no wonder no one reads the Simarillion.

UM element of confusion
            Right confusion name schemes aside, moss stitch is probably the most popular or commonly used broken rib pattern. But wait! I hear you cry. What is a broken rib pattern?! It is a pattern that uses a rib-type pattern as it's base (ie 1x1 ribbing is k1,p1) and then intentionally "breaks" the pattern either by offsetting a row or two or putting in rows that have nothing to do with the original ribbing pattern simple right?
            Most basic broken ribs tend to shift a row over by one or two this creates little purl bumps as you end up with purls over knits and knits over purls (as in seed stitch) Moss stitch is a more elongated version of this most basic break introducing it a row later and keeping it a row longer, meaning the knit stitches take more prominence compared to seed stitch where the purl nubs are the star of the show.
            Moss stitch like it's sister stitch is a pretty labor intensive stitch as you have to switch yarn positions every stitch meaning it can take a while to knit up although it again has a pleasing and reversible texture ideal to borders (plus there are still nubs!)

Moss stitch overall

An overview of moss stitch as you can see it's much less dense than seed stitch.

Moss stitch close up

A closeup of moss stitch, you can see the individual broken ribs in the knit stitches here (2 V's lined up close together)

Swatch is as follows: 4 Ply -2.5mm needles - 30st x 40 st - double loop CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF - Worked flat

Moss stitch is the same as seed stitch but the swap happens every other row
CON EVEN number of st
Rows 1 & 2: *K1,P1* 
Rows 3 & 4: *P1,K1*

It is worked exactly the same in the round (on even st) but the swap happens after rows 1 & 3 instead of 2 & 4. More broken rib patterns next time! If you know how to cable these are all great for pointing up cables! Or if you're mad knit something completely out of it to have a reversible object. Happy knitting! Oh and since I missed it (was too busy knitting funnily enough) Happy World Wide knit in public day!

World Wide knit in public day

Monday, 12 June 2017

Seed Stitch

           My mum likes this one (she said she likes the little nubs). Often confused with moss stitch seed stitch is the densest and simplest broken rib, It's a naturally flat fabric. It gets it's name from it's nubby texture as the purl bumps look like scattered seeds. It is more complicated than the last two stitches, garter and stockinette, and can take a long time to knit up (I made a scarf completely in seed stitch once it took for bloody ever) and errors in the pattern can take a while to show so going slow has it's advantages. It is however a great choice for borders as it is both reversible and flat.

Seed stitch overall

Overall view of seed stitch (lots of little nubs!)

Seed Stitch Closeup
Closeup on individual stitches, they kinda look like an x with a bar through them.
The swatch is as follows:
4Ply Wool - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 50st - Long tail CON - Chain COFF - Worked flat.

It is a relatively simple pattern despite it's complex appearance it only needs knit and purl stitches.
There are two rows when worked flat:

CON an Even number of st
Row 1: *K1, P1* repeat inside ** until end of row
Row 2: *P1, K1*

            In the round it is worked the same but it needs to be done on an ODD number of stitches, it can be done on an even number but you have to adjust the second row to *P1,K1* and you end up with the first and last stitches forming a 2x2 rib. An unusual stitch to be sure but a very nice texture people often use it in cable work to point- up the cables, I personally love the look of this stitch but think it's a PITA to knit in large amounts there are others that look similar but knit up quicker so I normally go for those but more on that later ;) Good luck knitting!

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