LESSON #8 SLIDE KNITTING and LOOPS and PUDDLES and PICTURE
COLLECTIONS of your PREFERENCE !!
OBJECTIVE: to expand our use of fiber and to develop our preferences.
Reminder: When you are making sweater with sleeves then do them both at
the same time. It is a lot easier. Just start two ribs with two balls
and small needles then as you increase or change color you will not have
to count over and over. Just do everything on each sleeve at the same
time. Be sure you don't twist the separate yarns accidently attaching
WE ARE ADVENTURERS NOT WARRIORS - the difference is an adventurer sets
out to see something new and the warrior sets out to win a war--so don't
worry, be happy
REMINDER: there is no right or wrong way to create - just different ways.
We want to always ask ourselves, "Are we doing it this way because
we are comfortable doing it this way or because it's the exciting way
to do it?"
THE alternating use of one beautiful yarn or one ugly yarn that you have
a lot of and want to perk up. The term "slide" knitting came
about because we use circular needles or double pointed needles and when
we change yarns at the beginning of the row we DON'T cut the other yarn
off. Instead of knitting two rows of the new color we just knit one row
(unless we want to for another reason) and either cut off the new yarn
and SLIDE to the other end of the needle and start using the old color.
If we are knitting in the round then it is very simple to just keep the
MAIN yarn hanging and pick it up as we reach where it is. THIS METHOD
ENABLES US TO BLEND A LOT OF COLORS TOGETHER making a beautiful new fabric.
Lets look at your collections of pictures and discuss what will be perfect
Using a lot of different yarns without any design . Just keeping the colors
in puddle like shapes. You can really make an unusual fabric with this
technique. Cut several different yarns into about 9 foot lengths (or just
on the balls if you can stand the mess) If you know just exactly the size
puddle you will want then you will know how long to make the yarn strands.
You can do this with different size puddles or all the same size or all
different shapes. This is an endless idea and you could spend the rest
of your life puddling. (If a puddle had straight edges we would call it
argyle.) Puddles can be big or little and you can mix other yarns in with
the puddle, changing the color or value some.
WRAPPING YARN AROUND NEEDLE AND FINGER AT THE SAME TIME CREATES A PROBLEM.
KEEP TRYING because this is a fun stitch to make fur.
Beginning Row:, cast on multiple of 2 sts plus 1
First Row - Knit
Row 2- K1, *insert needle in next stitch. Bring yarn around a finger of
left hand before and knit the now double yarn thru the stitch on the LH
needle but do not slip this stitch from the LH needle, instead twist this
pull the double loop thru, twist and place back on the LH needle as if
you were casting on with knit method.
( I keep the loop on my finger until I have finished knitting these steps)
Then knit both loops together thru the backs of the stitches.
Row 3 - Knit
Row 4 - K2, * Insert needle in next st and make loop, * (this makes you
alternate stitches for loops)
Repeat these 4 rows
You can pull the loops as long or short as you want.
You can cut them if you have a lot of nerve.!!
LOOP STITCH FROM Barbara Walker:
Row 1,2,3, and 4 - Knit
Row 5 (wrong side) -* Holding 3rd finger of left hand over yarn behind
work, k1 (so that yarn forms a loop around finger) but do not sl this
st from needle; then transfer the st just worked back onto left-hand needle
and k2 tog-b (the st just knitted, and the original st); then remove finger
from loop to make another loop in the next st as before; rep from * in
Row 6 - K-b every st across row
Repeat Rows 1 - 6CHEVRON STITCH
14 plus 2 colors A
Row 1 - (wrong side) A purl
Row 2 - with A Knit 1, increase in next stitch then Knit 4, S1, K1, Psso,
K 2 tog, K4 * (13 stitches total at this point) increase in next 2 sts,
K4, S1, K1, PSSO, K2 tog, K4 * increase in next stitch, K 1.
Row 3 - with A purl
Row 4 - Repeat row 2 with A
Row 5 thru 8 Repeat 1 thru 4 with BCABLE MOVING TO THE LEFT
Depending on how much slant you want-(for 20sts x 45 rows=4x4" in
every 4th row) inc 1 st in front of Cable and after the Cable, K2tog.
To slant to the right K2tog before Cable and inc 1 st after the Cable.
BI COLOR CABLE
OVER 6 STITCHES
1ST ROW-K3A, K3B
2ND ROW-(AND ALT ROWS) PURL IN COLORS FACING
3RD ROW-K2A, K3B, K1A
5TH ROW- K1A, K3B, K2A
7TH ROW- K3B, K3A
9TH ROW - SL 3 STS ON CABLE NEEDLE AND LEAVE AT BACK OF WORK, K NEXT 3
STS IN A, K3 STS FROM CABLE NEEDLE IN B =C6B
REPEAT FROM 3RD TO 10TH ROW FOR PATTERN
IF YOU WANT TO CABLE MORE THAN TWO COLORS THEN-JUST DO IT!!
THE MAIN OBJECT OF THIS PATTERN IS TO KEEP THE COLORS TWISTING IF YOU
JUST KNIT 3A AND 3B AND THEN CABLED IT, IT WOULD NOT SHOW UP LIKE THIS
NEXT WEEK BRING NEEDLES AND at least two colors of YARN AND SHOW US WHAT
YOU ARE WORKING ON TOO !!