Sunday, 23 November 2014

Quilt stitch

When working a quilt stitch you will have long strands running across the RS of your work (your pattern will explain how these are formed).

To workt the quilt stitch:

Start by inserting the RH needle under the long strand:

Then insert the RH needle into the first stitch on the LH needle:

Now knit as if this were just a regular knit stitch, but pulling the yarn loop up through both stitches:

Slip both loops off the LH needle so that you have a new knit stitch on the RH needle and the strand is now behind your work and forming a V-shape.

No-sew picot edge

Can be worked flat or in the round.

Start with a provisional cast-on (black stitches at the base) and an even number of stitches.

Work some rows of stockinette (usually 3-4, but check your pattern).

For the picot break-line work [k2tog, yo] to the end of the row.

Then work the same number of stockinette rows as you did before the break-line.

To join the edges, start by removing the provisional cast-on and placing the cast-on edge stitches on a 2nd needle (same size or one size smaller).

Fold up the bottom edge so that the cast-on stitches are behind the active stitches.

Work the "joining row" by working k2tog - each k2tog is formed of one stitch from the front needle and one from the back needle:

Work to the end of the row - you should have the same number of stitches as the original cast-on.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Check it ! or fix it ..... ☺

Here's a little reminder of why we need to stop to admire our knitting from time to time.

And what to do when we forget !

Generally I try to stop and check the fabric of my knits about every 10-12 rows (unless it's the type of stitch where you will notice right away if you've made a mistake).

but I was enjoying knitting this so much I forgot ....

so just when I was about ready to bind-off I stopped to take a look and spotted this !!! (just above the crochet hook) ....

I've never fixed a mistake so far back before, but thought it was worth a try before frogging back and reknitting.

And also a good opportunity to post about fixing mistakes !

So I dropped all the stitches back down to the mistake (gently - taking care not to stretch the threads while dropping the stitches)

Then I used the crochet hook to work back up

Here's a close-up of fixing a knit stitch - check that the yarn is coming from the stitch next to the one you are fixing, see left side:

hHre's a close-up of fixing a purl stitch - you have to reposition the hook so that you are coming up from behind :

And I'm happy to report that about 15 minutes later all was fixed,

Link to project page on ravelry (click on link if you want to see more)