New Tricks for Long Stitches

New Tricks for Long Stitches

3-6 class hours

Elongated stitches can be used in rows to create fabric that highlights the texture of a tweed, the iridescence of a ribbon, the variations in a variegated. But their long and flexible nature allows us to do so much more with them, from simple twisting and slipping to crossing and criss-crossing, to gathering and threading. Learn the basics of each of these long stitch manipulations in class, and see how it is used to create a motif, a pattern that can be repeated in a stitch pattern. You will explore the ways that motifs can be arranged to create knit fabric—lined up in rows or columns, stacked or offset on successive repeats, scaled up or down, worked in one color or several—as we talk about some basic design principles you can apply to create fun fabrics for your next project. .

Know Before You Show

Cast on, knit, purl, bind off; simple incs/decs; follow written instructions and simple charts.

Materials 

  • 100 #4 (worsted) weight yarn (MC); 20-50 yds in a second color (CC)
  • US 7 [4.5 mm] regular and double-pointed needles
  • Second needle 6-7 sizes larger for homework
  • basic knitting supplies (tapestry needle, markers, scissors, etc).

Homework

Class exercises depend on having the materials specified and complete homework. With smaller needle and main color, cast on 26 sts. Knit 4 rows.

Row 1 (RS) with US 13, knit.
Row 2 (WS) with US 7, knit.
Rows 3-6 knit.
Repeat Rows 1-6 once. Continue with US 7 only.

Row 13 (RS) k1, *yo, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 14 dropping yos off needle, purl.
Row 15 knit.
Row 16 p1, *yo, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 17 dropping yos, knit.
Rows 18-21 knit.

Row 22 (WS) wrapping each st twice, knit.
Row 23 (RS) dropping extra wrap, knit.
Row 24 knit.
Row 25 wrapping each st twice, purl.
Row 26 dropping extra wrap, purl.
Row 27 purl.
Row 28 knit.
Rows 29-32 knit.

Set aside.

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