Friday, 21 July 2017

Little Check

            Ah finially the prescheduled posts have caught up to me, damn I should've written one
Something my dentist would 100% have in his office
yesterday but I had to help my mother at work. Seriously I was so pooped I slept from 12-12 that's excessive even for me! I have been busy over the last few days, including going to the dentist. Now I only mention the dentist because my dentist, who is a very good dentist and always tells me off, is very funny. I can remember at least... 5 stories about the dentist where he was weird/funny but when I went to the dentist last wednesday I laughed so hard I cried. Me and my brother were in the dentists office, and suddenly the light short circuited blowing out the whole building. The dentist tries the circuit breaker but ultimately decides the light on the dentists chair is enough as we were the last patients that day, now the next thing I said was "dentist in the dark I guess" sparked the mad part of the dentists brain so whilst weilding a metal tool the dentist sang "Dentist in the daaaaark... Poking at your teeeeeth" To the style of dancing in the dark. Needless to say everyone in the room fell about laughing including the dental nurse. The dentist is a maniac, he's great.

            Right on with todays stitch. Little stitch is an ancient stitch, that possibly dates all the way back to the earliest arabic knitting even though it doesn't include the traditional arabic twisted stitches. (this is likely because the stitch has changed over time) The pattern is formed of small squares of stockinette knitwise against a backgound of stockinette purlwise.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles -31st x 40st - German Twist CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON: multiple of 10st +1
Row 1 - *P*
Row 2 - K4*P3,K7*K4
Row 3 - P4*K3,P7*P4
Row 4 - Row 2
Row 5 - *P*
Row 6 - *K*
Row 7 & 9 - K2*P7,K3*K2
Row 8   - P2*K7,P3*P2
Row 10 - *K*

            Personally I don't much like this pattern, its... alright? I guess? It's not particularly interesting is it's problem and it's also not particularly pretty it's mostly just meh. It's basically a slightly more interesting version of purl-side stockinette stitch, which isn't exactly a high bar given that stockinette is known as "plain" knitting. The most interesting thing about it is it's age but it's not surprising that it's old given it's simplicity. At least it's easy enough to knit. Happy Knitting!

A picture of an ancient egyptian knitter ( I couldnt find an arabic one)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Twisted Check

Accurate image of me yesterday trying to understand braided rib
(also can we take a sec to appreciate gromits cute wool basket?)
            I should really schedule posts more often it's nice to have a day off, without having a day off.
I've been having a tough time of it recently, I finally came across a pattern that I did not understand (In my defense it's pattern is written bloody stupidly) In light of that I think when this blog gets to ribbing patterns I will likely only do the basics, and then skip ahead in the book; purely because some of the patterns are very difficult/confusingly written/you have to know how to do other things first. It may make sense for me to go straight to the slip stitch patterns because again some of the colour (yes colour has a u in it I'm british) work patterns require knowledge from later in the book. I was thinking of doing colour work last because it's fun, pretty, and will be much more enjoyable once we know what we're doing.

            Right todays stitch Twisted Check, it's sort of similar to yesterdays stitch Swedish Check; I personally think it's the less attractive of the two, but it is by no means ugly. Like its pretty cousin it's got a tweedy look, again enhanced by the nice lumpy hand-dyed cashmere. It does, however, take longer to knit up on account of all the twisted stitches and constant switching between knit and purl positions, (Just like broken rib patterns) as unlike swedish check you switch positions every stitch rather than every other stitch.

The fabric tends to pull in thanks to the twisted stitches, so it's a pretty dense check.

Swatch is as Follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 31st x 36st - Longtail CON - Chain COFF

Pattern for working Flat:
CON - Odd number of st
Row 1 - *K1-b*
Rows 2 & 4 - *K1,P1-b*K1
Row 3 - *P1,K1-b*P1
Row 5 - *K1-b*
Row 6 - *P1-b,K1*P1-b
Row 7 - *K1-b,P1*K1-b
Row 8 - *P1-b,K1*P1-b

We're pretty far into the check patterns now, they're all very nice though so I'm not complaining. At least they don't take half as long as some of the broken rib patterns. Next post is another check pattern although I'm not sure how I feel about it, it's easy but it looks pretty... Meh compared to Swedish and Twisted Check. Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Swedish Check

            So it's now... 6am and I desperately want to sleep and I just finished watching the new episode of GOT. (Season 7 for those of you far in the future) Warning Spoilers ahead!!!


Some cursory thoughts being, Ed Sheeran singing randomly in the middle of Westeros destroyed my immersion somewhat and I hated it last time they used popular music in the show, (They put it over the credits after lopping off Jamie's hand, it was dumb everyone was mad) I wish they would stop doing that. The hound was perfection top notch. Cersei apparently doesn't give a crap if her map gets smudged because she's walking all over it as the painter paints >:( The pooper scooper scene with Sam literally made me gag, that is the grossest thing the show has done and they crushed a dudes head like a melon, it was brilliant. Apparently Euron shops at hot topic now, but at least he's funny. Does Danny just get a free castle? Seriously no one was in Dragonstone?! Not even squatters?! Stannis should've at least locked the door. By the looks of it Sansa and Jon are actually talking to each other about ruling, (Shock horror!) I get the feeling Little Finger is going to try and drive a wedge between them, but if they keep talking he's probably going to get out played. Best quote of the episode? ‪
"no need to seize the last word, Lord Baelish. I'll assume it was something clever" ‬
‪shut. down.‬


            Alright and now for the swatch, this one is my personal favourite of all the check type patterns, it's both a beautiful tweedy texture, and is nice in detail. It knits up particularly well with imperfectly dyed/spun yarn (like the mustard cashmere yarn I have here) The density of it means it's most appropriate for coats, windproof jumpers or sportswear. (Although whenever old B suggests sportswear I get weirded out, I'm a child of the modern era I suppose I can't imagine exercise without lycra) Its faster to work than next weeks similar but more dense pattern Twisted Check.

Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 42st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working Flat:
CON Multiple of 4st +2
Row 1 - *Ktbl*
Row 2 - *P*
Row 3 - K2-b*P2, K2-b*
Row 4 - P2*K2,P2*
Row 5 & 6 - Rows 1 & 2
Row 7 - P2*K2-b,P2*
Row 8 - K2*,P2,K2*

Well I'm off, it's half 6 and I need to get some sleep, or I'll get a headache. Was totally worth it though, and to those who didn't want to be spoiled go watch the episode and come back silly! Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Block Stitch/ Dice stitch

            With half an hour until GOT is released in the US we're diving straight into Block stitch, I will be refreshing TPB constantly about an hour after the show airs despite the fact I know it won't be up at least for an hour after it shows. But that's the desperation talking, hmm I should also probably re-adjust I've been sat curled awkwardly for a while and my spine isn't having it.

            Ah that's better, right Block stitch. Or should I say Dice stitch? Not to be confused with Sliding Block Stitch, it is the simplest form of a check pattern in it's most basic form however the raised "blocks" that are usually formed by the purl stitches are the most often edited part in this pattern. Barbra introduces a garter stitch block and a seed stitch block in place of the regular purl block. The plain version of this pattern is reversible the others appear to not be much different from garter stitch on the wrong side (technically all stitches are reversible but sometimes there is clearly a RIGHT side) Lots of pictures today! There are 3 versions of this stitch in the book so there are extra closeups on each.

3 Versions of Block Stitch side by side

   Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles -        30st x 74st - German Loop CON - Chain COFF
Plain Block Stitch

Pattern for plain Block Stitch working flat:
CON - Multiple of 10st + 5
Rows 1,3,5,6,8 - K5*P5,K5*
Rows 2,4,7,9    - P5*K5,P5*
Row 10             - K5*P5,K5*
Garter Block Stitch

    Garter Block Stitch
    CON multiple of 10st + 5
    All odd Rows - Knit all St
    Rows 2,4,6     - K5*P5,K5*
    Rows 8,10,12 - P5*K5,P5*

Seed Block Stitch

Seed Block Stitch
CON multiple of 10st + 5
Rows 1,3,5   - P5*(K1,P1)x2,K1,P5*
Rows 2& 4   - K5*(K1,P1)x2,K6*
Rows 6,8,10-(P1,K1)x2,P1*K5,(P1,K1)x2,P1*
Rows 7,9     -(P1,K1)x2,P1*P5,(P1,K1)x2,P1*

Well that's a whole bunch of patterns for you all, now it's 2:10 so I have 50 minutes to agonizingly wait until I sail the high internet seas. Although now I've seen an advert for the crown, so I now kinda want to watch that too. Argh! Netflix introduces both solutions and more complication to the "what should I watch" issue. Happy Knitting!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Squared Check Pattern

            Night gathers and now my watch begins, it shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come. Or until the premier of season seven gets on TPB. (Don't judge me, if I could watch it legit I would! It's not my fault HBO hates the UK) It's about 2 hours until it airs in the US so ~ 3-4 hours until I get to see it so I'm pulling an all nighter!
            Yes I am a GOT maniac. I literally own every world of ice and fire book written by GRRM including: 

  • the Dunk and Egg stories (I own the combined novellas, a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms)
  • The Ice dragon
  • Dangerous Women
  • Rogues
  • The World of Ice and Fire
  • The official GOT cookbook
  • The Unofficial GOT cookbook
  • GOT the Graphic Novel
  • The GOT Board Game

In fact the only Game of thrones things I don't own are the illustrated version of the first book and the map book Lands of Ice and Fire. (Both of which I really want but I'm thinking birthday maybe I can ask for one)

            I read the first book in 2010/2011, back then there were only 3 books out and no TV show! When I read the first book I was 16/17 (I think?!) and it's been my obsession ever since, (remember the blanket?) basically if something's going down in Westeros I know about it. I was lucky enough that I finished reading the first 3 books just around the time the show was first aired, and the 4th book published. I was super excited during season one (I am also a bean stalker so Sean Bean as Ned made me both very happy and very sad) and think in general the show has done a great job of bringing the books to the screen (mostly... *COUGH*dorneplot*COUGH*) So you can imagine my distress at the realization this year that I would have to wait more than a year for any new content, this was compounded by GRRM pushing back the Winds of Winter until late this year/early next year, so I've been DYING for this episode. Hence the late night.

            But you aren't here to hear me rave about possibly the best fantasy franchise of the 21st century, no you wanna know about the knitting game so here we go. It's a blocky pattern that reminds me of windows. The reverse is embossed squares. Jeeze that was underwhelming maybe I should do something else. Oh! I have finally written up the entire first chapter worth of swatches, so you lucky cluckies will be glad to know that because I'm going to be up so late I'm going to schedule a bunch of stitches in advance. So there will be daily updates, so long as I can be bothered to write/take swatch pictures tonight.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 32st x 32st - German Loop CON - Suriprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for Working flat:
Multiple of 10st +2
Row 1 - *K*
Row 2 -*P*
Row 3 - K2*,P8,K2*
Row 4 - P2*K8,P2*
Rows 5,7,9 - K2*P2,K4,P2,K2*
Rows 6,8,10 -P2*K2,P4,K2,P2*
Row 11 - K2*P8,K2*
Row 12 - P2*K8,P2*

I think this pattern would benefit from blocking perhaps more than others. I don't tend to block the swatches as the extra work involved often isn't worth it for such small objects that don't need to be a perfect shape and often stitch patterns look best unblocked but the welts in this one tend to curl a lot compared to the purl ribbing gaps. Idk Barbras looks much better and perhaps it's because it's blocked. Well That's the first post written up on with the next. Happy Knitting!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Swedish Block

Dr Doggo
            Apparently I made a mistake when I said yesterday that my brothers favourite character in casualty was super nurse he is apparently only second best. The best character is Dr Keogh because, "He has a dog" and he likes that it goes to doggy daycare when he is at work. (That's not the real reason but being forced to write a correction on a blog is ridiculous, so I'm going to let you all believe that my brother loves dogs as much as a 7 year old with dog wallpaper) Also he's demanded to have more posts about him so if he manages to do anything else stupid I'll be sure to mention it. I've gotten a lot of knitting game related stuff done today, I've fully lined the next book (Graciously bought for me by my lovely mother) and written up 7 more stitches. So we're full steam ahead.

            Today's stitch is a Scandinavian stitch, it's an alteration on block stitch with some squares enlarged and others squashed, it makes a sort of block-y cross rib nice for sports wear and it's very easy to knit.

Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 32st x 42st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON - multiple of 6st + 2
Row 1 - K2*P4,K2*
Row 2 - P2*K4,P2*
Rows 3, 5 & 7 - P2*K4,P2*
Rows 4,6 & 8 - K2*P4,K2*

Dr Blondie

Fun fact my favourite casualty character (although I must admit I dont watch it religiously) is Dr blonde although he's gotten a bit emo since his brother got stabbed by a rascist. A quickie today so if you don't mind I'm off because I want my idiot brother to read this post. Happy Knitting!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Elongated Rib Check

Super Nurse
            Pretty dramatic day today, had to take my brother to the hospital. (He's okay no one is dead, we have to keep and eye on him though) I did get to enjoy humming the casualty tune with him when he was hopped up on morphine. He really likes casualty, his favorite character is "super nurse". (He ended up back at the hospital for observation but he went with mum) It's just lucky we weren't de-wallpapering at the time I suppose. I am annoyed I didn't bring "the knitting game" as he calls it, because it was very dull at the hospital and I could've gotten a lot done.

            Drama dealt with on with the stitch for today, we're on the check patterns portion of the book and there are quite a few of these patterns, this one is a pretty plain Jane compared to some of the other check patterns but simple patterns tend to make good over-all patterns. The pattern is a variant of double seed stitch, it is also fully reversible so it makes for good winter hats and scarves. The knit stitch squares are on a purl stitch back ground in this stitch, there is also likely an inverse of this stitch. (although I may not have done it yet)

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles- 30st x 38st - German loop CON - surprisingly stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON 4st + 2
Rows 1, 3 &  5 - K2*P2,K2*
Rows 2, 4 &  6 - P2*K2,P2*
Rows 7, 9 & 11- P2*K2,P2*
Rows 8,10 &12- K2*P2,K2*

Barbra also has a variation where there is a wrong side the difference in the pattern is you knit across on rows 5,6,11 & 12. Well that's the first check pattern done we've only got about 9 to go. Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Double Basket

This very accurate picture is from
            After a day of de-wallpapering, boiling my head, running, and getting scratched to hell picking gooseberries for my mother (who knew gooseberry bushes had demon thorns?!) I am finally able to sit down and get the needles out, or I will be once I stop the bleeding. Whew! I am pooped and this pattern although utterly lovely is a pretty long pattern. Do you like the appearance of cables but the idea of knitting them gives you the willies? Do you need a pattern that's nearly as stretchy as ribbing but looks so much better? Do you want to impress people with your mad skillz while actually doing nothing other than knit and purl stitches? Well I've got you covered fam.

 This natty pattern looks a great deal like cables! Those waving ribs? They're actually knitted straight and the wave is introduced by the purl welts inbetween the ribs pushing and pulling them in and out.
This effect is further exaggerated by the third smaller rib interrupted by the welts pulling the other ribs towards it. The pattern naturally shrinks inward and thus has a LOT of lateral stretch, when pulled the pattern can stretch up to 30% larger horizontally (if left unblocked), It has some vertical stretch too but only around 5-10%.

Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 46st x 63st - Longtail CON -Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

So as you can tell this pattern is very broad (hence the swatch is over ~50st rather than ~30st there are other stitches that require more stitches for the whole pattern, however once you learn to "read your knitting it is easy enough to edit the pattern to chop of the end rib for example.

CON multiple of 18st + 10 (see it's a lot!)
Row 1 -   *K11,P2,K2,P2,K1*K10
Row 2 -     P1,K8,P1*P1(K2,P2)x2,K8,P1*
Row 3 -   *K1,P8,(K2,P2)x2, K1*K1,P8,K1
Row 4 -     P10*P1,K2,P2,K2,P11*
Row 5 - 8: repeat rows 1-4
Row 9 -   *K*
Row 10 -   (P2,K2)x2,P2*P10,(K2,P2)x2*
Row 11 - *(K2,P2)x2,K2,P8*(K2,P2)x2,K2
Row 12 -   (P2,K2)x2,P2*K8,(P2,K2)x2,P2*
Row 13 - *(K2,P2)x2,K10*(K2,P2)x2,K2
Row 14 - 17 - repeat rows 10-13
Row 18 - *P*

Whew! That was hard work writing out, and now all I've got to do today is wait for my pudding to set, (gooseberry fools yum :D) that is the last of the basket stitches for now, and it is a lovely one to end on. Happy Knitting!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Basket Welt

          Just got back from a run I finished the last stitch in the chapter earlier, and I have a total head rush lets do this! Although I am desperate for something to eat. I will post and then get lunch.

We're in opposite land compared to yesterday's stitch, although we are still in basket city. This pattern Barbra lists together with basket rib and it makes sense why they look different but show the same interaction, although in opposite ways. This time around we've got more knit stitches or "vertical" stitches but the overall look of the pattern is distinctly horizontal, unlike basket rib the reverse of this pattern isn't really used (it doesn't look like much). We've also got welts appearing in this pattern, and they show off beautifully how they can be used effectively when they are small.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 42st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON - Multiple of 10
Rows 1 & 2 *K5,P5*
Row 3 - *K*
Rows 4 & 5 - *P5,K5*
Row 6 - *P*

            This stitch has a much closer resemblance to basket stitch than it's cousin basket rib, it is also a less dense stitch and so knits up considerably faster. It also knits up faster than basket stitch itself so it makes a nice substitute given their similarity. Anyway that's all for today. Happy Knitting!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Basket rib and Real life

            Well it's been a while but I promise I've been busy knitting, getting my hair dyed like a unicorn, and sorting out the physical version of this blog; I've finally filled a whole book (and have nearly finished the first chapter of swatches although they don't all fit in the first book) my mum helped me jazz up the front of the book and if you're into paper craft in general you should have a look at her blog. And here is the final version of said real book:

 As you can see the pages get pretty thick with all the swatches in.

            Right on with the swatch, basket rib, it's a variation on basket weave and is a good example of the interaction between knit and purl stitches. Although it consists of mainly purl stitches which are horizontal the overall effect is a vertical rib like texture. The reverse is a denser version of the waving rib pattern.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 39st x 26st - Double loop CON - Chain COFF
Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple 4+1
Row 1 - K1*P1,K1*
Row 2 - K2*P1,K3*P1,K2
Row 3 - P2 *K1,P3*K1,P2
Row 4 - P1*K1,P1*
Row 5 - K1*P3,K1*
Row 6 - P1*K3,P1*

A pretty slow knit given its density but it is very warm and on small enough needles it would likely be windproof so it would make a good winter jumper if you have the patience for it. Happy Knitting!

Thursday, 6 July 2017


            A famously popular pattern today, and it's easy to see why, it is both a very pretty and interesting pattern and it is super easy to knit up. Barbra's pattern uses multiples of 5 but 7 is common and more often used, I personally like her prefer the 5 stitch purl bars, it looks more "square". Also new yarn today! I bought this to make a test swatch for a HP Quidditch jumper but never ended up making it, (Mostly because the yarn is expensive but partially because I would've had to make up the pattern as all the online copies I could find looked crap) maybe one day I'll make one.... but that would involve finishing this project.
            Basketweave is a good choice for an all-over pattern given both it's simplicity and it's texture, but don't confuse it with Basket stitch, though similarly named they are very different.

Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 40st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple of 8st +5
Row 1 - *K*
Row 2 - K5*P3,K5*
Row 3 - P5*K3,P5*
Row 4 - K5*P3,K5*
Row 5 - *K*
Row 6 - K1*P3,K5*end K1
Row 7 - P1*K3,K5*end P1
Row 8 - K1*P3,K5*end K1

            Welcome to Basket country! We've reached the basketcase section of the book, luckily they're more fun than broken ribs and are also much better looking, (In my humble opinion) so get on with it! Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Banded Insertion Pattern

            Are you ready for some Faux Lacework that doesn't really look like lacework? Yeah this pattern in my most humble opinion is a tad rubbish, the idea is for the stockinette rows you use a larger needle than the welt rows but unless you use a needle ~5x bigger than is usual for the yarn you don't end up with the "open" appearance of lace knitting. I don't own knitting needles larger than 5mm because I like working with dk and 4ply wool. Sure if you like things that knit up fast then sure big needles are great but eh it feels less... fancy? I like projects that take a lot of time. Barb's image doesn't really do the pattern justice either in my opinion she should've used larger needles/finer yarn as again it just looks like a regular set of welts on stockinette.

You can see the stockinette v's are much longer than the purl bars this is due to the differing needle sizes.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply -2.5mm needles & 4.5mm needles - 30st x 44st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly stretchy COFF

Pattern working flat
CON any st
Rows 1-4 *K* on smaller needles
Row 5 - *K* on larger needles
Row 6 - *P* on larger needles

This pattern works best when the larger needles are at least 5mm bigger than the smaller needles (again my lack of larger needles hampered me here others may have better luck) Happy Knitting!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Wagers Welt/All Fools Welt

            Sorry about another late post the BF arrived from holiday yesterday and I was at a partaaaay with some old friends. (And yes I should schedule ahead but I'm lazy damnit I like doing one at a time but I'm scheduling an extra for tomorrow to make up for it)

This is a fun one it has an interesting story behind the name, and it is worth posing the question it asks to other knitters. The "wager" in the name refers to the simple question:
out of 8 pattern rows, how many rows are purled?
From the appearance it is difficult to guess particularly at a distance, so the French called it puzzle stitch the Germans the Dispute stitch; but the English, who seemed to think only a fool could be stumped by the problem called it "all fools welt". The answer is of course "one".
It's a simple combination of garter stitch and stockinette indents. It is technically a series of purl welts but it has much more in common with garter stitch than a true purl welt.
            Given the name it's fairly obvious that this is a fairly old stitch dating back to at least medieval times and it is probably much older given it's simplicity.

Only one picture today, as it's nothing we've not seen before I thought a closeup would be unnecessary.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 42st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
Row 1 - *K*
Row 2 - *P*
Rows 3-8 - *K*

A quickie today, we've got an interesting pattern tomorrow that requires needles of different sizes. Happy Knitting!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Quaker Ridging

            Now I know very little about Quakers other than this dude  who fuels my morning porridge is one (as far as i know he's a random man dressed like a Quaker) this is likely because the number of Quakers in the UK is 17,000 or around 0.0003% of the population, my odds of meeting one are pretty low. Maybe some of you amur'cans know a little more (yes I see you! I have the power of the almighty stats page!) Whomever they are and whatever they are like the Quakers have got one thing going for them:
They named the most changeable knitting stitch in the world.

Seriously half the time the "Quaker Ridging" looks nothing like the original pattern, because it's whole row purl welts across stockinette even the most amateur knitter can change this pattern. You could change the thickness of the welts, change the frequency of the welts change the order of thick or thinner welts, the possibilities my friends are pretty much endless. Also it's a super easy pattern takes no time to knit up at all.

This time around I'm only doing one picture no close up is necessary you'll just see knit and purl stitches, if you want to see that go to my stockinette stitch it's pretty obvious, and if you want to see more of that hot purl welt action look at the escalator stitch.

(Ohh! look you can see my handwriting)
Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 37st - Long tail CON - Surprisingly stretchy COFF
            Okay some of the more observant of you may have noticed those metal thingies that are in the corners/ on the edges of all my swatches; they are brads (aka split pins) they hold the swatch in a physical book where I have written the pattern and notes about it, I personally started this because it's nice to touch a physical copy of a stitch as you can get to know it better before using it for a project, anyway back to the brads you may have noticed an extra one in top center, this is because this stitch CURLS. A LOT. Anything you make out of this will need a border and/or blocking to lie flat, this is due to stockinette natural curl being encouraged further by the welts. 
            The pattern is simply a 1 row welt followed by a 3 row welt, the pattern is easily changeable if you want thicker welts increase the number of rows if you want thin knit fewer rows, if you want thick then thin just swap them around. Experiment with it, it's a very easy pattern to change.

Pattern for the specific 1 welt then 3 welt worked flat:
Rows 1,3,5 - *K*
Rows 2 & 4 - *P*
Row 6 - *K*
Rows 7,9,11 - *K*
Rows 8 & 10 - *P*
Row 12 - *K*
Row 13 - *P*
Row 14 - *K*

            Well that was easy to write, and it's just as simple to knit or edit. Also do you see? I finally figured out the title formatting what a bloody nightmare now the archive should work properly and people can navigate the blog easier. Happy Knitting!
Now here's a picture of a Quaker with a cat.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Waving Rib Pattern

            I tell you what summer telly is garbage, I haven't noticed much as I have netflix and running is a good distraction but now I've finished orange is the new black and it's 20 days until Game of Thrones season 7 premiers I've got nothing to watch while I knit, and I don't want to get into anything big because it's only 20 days! *squealing* Seriously I am a Game of Thrones super-fan I knitted a Game of Thrones blanket last year, (That was my last big project before this madness) annoyingly it's showing in the summer this year so I won't be under it to watch the show :'( also I left it at uni by accident, maybe I'll make the BF get it for me during grad week.
The blanket

            Anyway on with the stitches today we've got a cool effect based on how knits and purls interact, the ribs in this stitch are actually knitted completely straight the wave is caused by the purl stitches drawing the ribs in (like in normal ribbing) and the knits pushing them out. The reverse is actually a rather cute looking block stitch arranged like a basket weave.

A very pretty pattern, and it doesn't take long to knit up, it resembles cables close-up

Very similar to honeycomb lattice cables closeup, but is slightly more open and easier to do!

I personally prefer the reverse to the front but I'm a sucker for basket weave, it would make some nice cushion covers.

It's also less dense than traditional basket weave so would make for more flexible items.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 32st x 40st - German Twist CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON - multiple of 6st +2
Rows 1 & 3 - P2*K4,P2*
Rows 2 & 4 - K2*P4,K2*
Rows 5 & 7 - K3,P2*K4,P2*K3
Rows 6 & 8 - P3,K2*P4,K2*P3

Pattern for working in the round:
CON - Multiple of 6st +2
Rows 1-4 - P2*K4,P2*
Rows 5-8 - K3,P2*K4,P2*K3

            A double pattern again, where both sides look great and it's super easy to knit up! Especially in the round. Now I have to get back to finding something to watch that isn't daytime tv trash, *sigh* If only it wasn't raining I would run. Well happy Knitting!

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. and it looks like an escalator, or a set of stairs. Obviously. 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!