Cast On’s call for submissions includes a request for Bavarian Twisted Stitch patterns, so I’ve intensified my work in that arena. I’ve been going through my twisted-stitch book, counting stitches and rows needed for the various motifs, to see which might fit onto the back of a glove or the sides of a cap. But, between my teen-genius, tech-guru DS coming home from college for the summer and my 4th grade DD returning to our home-school, however, I’ve cut back on knitting and designing time. (Pleased to do it, you understand, but a cut-back nonetheless.) And at some point this week, I noticed that almost all my current work is in undyed/natural/cream-colored yarns — hence today’s post title.
First, I’ll show you the giveaway hat I finished this week. It probably will go to Julie’s church’s annual Craft Sale — she taught me how to knit back in 1999.
purl side out
Yarn is a JoAnn Sensations bulky yarn, Bellezza Collection “Bellissimo”, 90% thick-thin wool with 7% nylon and 3% “other fiber”, worked on needles size US 10 (6 mm). Probably the “other” is the sparkly binder thread. Don’t know if the photos will pick that up. . . .
I started at the top and increased until the “puffs” stopped lining up right on top of each other, then worked straight until the 50 grams of yarn ran out. Switched to a less-textured, worsted-weight wool and US 9’s (5.5 mm) to finish with garter stitch at the bottom. Ended up with an adult M/L size. This project reaffirmed my conviction of a few years back, that I don’t really like working with thick-thin yarns.
knit side out
Decided I like the purl side better than the knit side, so I plan to tuck the ends in accordingly. If I can do an especially neat job of that, the hat will actually be reversible!
As a break from the twisted stitches, I did a little bit more work today on my sampler of Gansey stitches. Yarn is Wendy’s “Guernsey 5-ply” on US 3 (3.25 mm) needles.
Along the left side are horizontal stitch patterns and fillers (bottom to top):
1- stockinette, 2- Mary Ann or double moss, 3-Betty Martin, 4- purl band separator, 5- bird’s eye. Next, I hope to do more moss stitch variations.
Along the right side are vertical patterns:
1- ladders (or steps? not sure at this point how they differ), 2- cable on seed stitch ground. Lots more vertical panels to try out!
I noticed as I looked through my gansey books for cables, that nearly all are 6 stitches wide, and (at least in Gladys Thompson) cross every 7th row/round. In back-and-forth knitting, this means every other crossing occurs on a wrong-side row! No problem in circular knitting, though. I also noted that almost all the cables cross to the right and are not mirrored on the other side of the chest. Probably just to make the knitting easier.
I like working on this sampler.
My other un-colored project on the needles just now is a pair of kilt hose in DK-weight KnitPicks “Bare” (i.e. undyed) worked 2-at-a-time on one long Magic Loop circular needle. I have made the last planned pair of increases on each sock, so now the ribbing pattern is “full” again (k3-p1, with k3 at center back) and I’ve reached the widest part of my calf. If I decide the fabric is too stretched, I may go up one needle size rather than make 4 more pairs of increases.
(pins mark increases)
After all that off-white, this yellow swatch may seem bright! (I made a similar one in undyed KnitPicks fingering, but can’t find it today.)
Here I’m experimenting with twisted stitches by eye, rather than following a chart or list of directions.
In traditional patterns, traveling happens on every row/round, so, in order to avoid twisting on the wrong side and repeatedly trying to peek over the top, I’m making a circular swatch by carrying the yarn across the back after every row. I think I need to pick up the pace a bit on this, if I want to have a design more-or-less finalized and proposal(s) ready by the deadline. I’d like to write an article, too, about different techniques to make the twists and crosses. . . .