Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 227 and Autumn

Remember that ugly blanket from two days ago?

Well it turn out that the blanket maker did have a good eye for color. They might not have looked very good to me while they were all separate, but they certainly look nice when put together in very close quarters. Perhaps there was simply too much green.

In any case, what you see is called the Linen stitch. It's a very smooth stitch, a completely flat stitch, and certainly easy to master.

wyif = With yarn in front
wyib = With yarn in back

CO any odd number of stitches.
Row 1: K1, *Slip1 wyif, K1* across the row.
Row 2: K1, *P1, Slip1 wyib* across the row until 2 stitches remain. P1, K1

The first and last stitches are just a selvage edge and you could just as easily use your choice of selvadge stitch keeping in mind that the stitch pattern is very short and dense because of the many slipped stitches. I also find that switching to a needle that is about 2 sizes smaller for the cast on and bind off will prevent the curling that is usually associated with this stitch. I changed colors every single row and they now all blend beautifully and the stitch patter is so very secure that there was no need to secure any of the ends at all. The harvested yarn was acrylic so the curls of the former stitches stay and bounce and I think look rather cute.

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