Friday, December 19, 2014

Mistake Rib

This knitting stitch looks complicated but is really very simple. It's just knit 2, purl 2 rib on an odd number of stitches. That means that one stitch of each pair aligns with the previous row while the next does not. It gives a 'deep rib' that is very elastic and completely reversible. My neighbour Irma calls it 'mock fisherman's rib'. As with fisherman's rib, the knit column appears very prominent, but this is easier because you don't need to knit into the row below. I think it would be less likely to droop than fisherman's rib too.

The pattern where I first encountered this stitch was a scarf, or perhaps a cowl, from Interweave Press. It had narrow garter stitch borders. When I 'converted' the pattern into a sleeveless pullover, I kept the garter stitch edges. They form an edging to the armholes, so that when I've finished knitting back and front, I just have to sew shoulders and side seams and knit a neck band. This gives a very neat finish to the armholes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trying out an idea

Like Lace-lovin' Librarian, I feel the need to tat, though I have knitting projects with deadlines. I didn't have to take much time off knitting to tat these. I have an idea for a necklace, but thought I'd try it out on earrings first. I think my idea will work, though it will mean having a lot of beads on the shuttle. That project will have to wait until the knitting is done though.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Self Striping

I've finished knitting the front of the sleeveless pullover I'm making my husband for Christmas. (Yes, I know it's midsummer, but that's the right time to prepare for winter!) I really like this pattern, can you tell? This is the third one I've knitted. The 'mistake rib', which I think should be called 'offset rib' creates a very elastic fabric, which means that stitch count is not crucial to a good fit.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Natural Texture

My two knitting projects are progressing but it's more of the same. So I thought I'd show some photos I took in England in October. I like the textures. The one below I took after a hail storm just after I got home:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

On The Edge

I've made a start on the front of my lacy top. It was easier second time round. When I started the back, I stupidly didn't realise that the chart for the edging shows only the right side rows, unlike the main chart that shows every row. I got myself into a big muddle and had to start over.  I knitted a swatch, as I should've done in the first place, and then cast on the 138 stitches again. This time there was no starting over, though I did have to unknit (or tink) a row after making a mistake. The pattern is pretty simple, but I do have to pay attention!

Friday, December 12, 2014


Yesterday I finished spinning the yarn I showed you here, washed it, rolled it into balls and started knitting. The colours are more definite and 'stripey' than in the top sample. That uses the same dyed wools, only I carded them together before spinning. The result is much more subtle.

There was some orange/natural and yellow/natural left on the bobbins after the brown was finished, so I Navaho plied them. That's a nifty technique to turn a single ply into a three-ply. You make loops with the thread, as in finger crochet, twisting with the wheel at the same time. That means that each colour is plied with itself, which makes for a much more intense result.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I've finished knitting the back of my Frost Flowers Top. I think the armhole and neck shapings look fine. I followed the chart for the neck shaping but then knitted an extra pattern repeat for length. My 'straps' are wider than the original, but I can live with that.