Thursday, December 15, 2011
Day 351 and Starburst
There is a particular stitch that I particularly love and it looks particularly nice in this particular yarn. But enough of that nonsense.
The fact is, this stitch is so crazy hard to find in stitch dictionaries because it has so many different names. If you don't have it memorized, you'd be forced to go through each dictionary page by page to look at every photo to find it. Luckily, I'm going to go ahead and copy it down for you right here. It has one tricky stitch that isn't really too hard to master and the results are stunning most especially when used with a heavily colored yarn as here or a greatly contrasting monochromatic yarn such as a tonal hand dyed yarn.
Daisy stitch/Trinity stitch/Blackberry stitch/bramble stitch/Star stitch/ all those other names for it. Sheesh!!
Special stitch- PYP3: P3tog, do not slide stitches off the left needle, YO, P3tog through the same stitches and then slide them off. You have decreased 2 and increased 2 all in the same stitch.
Cast on in multiples of 4 +5.
Row 1: *K1, PYP3* Repeat to last stitch, K1 (wrong side)
Row 2: Knit across
Row 3: K1, P1, *K1 PYP3* Repeat to last 3 stitches, K1, P1, K1.
Row 4: Knit across
If you have trouble working this stitch pattern, I suggest using a larger needle. The special stitch requires a lot of room for maneuvering. Ordinarily the yarn pictured would have required a size 10 needle, but this scarf was done on a size 15. I could possibly have gone up to 17 and still had nice results. Another tip, use needles with very long points. Short blunt needles won't have as much room for you to maneuver and long slender tips will help you get through those 3 stitches without stressing out your hands.