Tuesday, February 27, 2007

And Now for something completely different...

Have you grown bored with the Phyllotaxis scarf?
I have! I don’t want to post anything else about it but IT IS FINISHED!

And I will l finish it --by the end of this week, and then I’ll start something new!
Yesterday, I stopped working on the scarf to make a swatch --for the planned hat to match wristlets. I decided on Linen stitch--a tricolor linen stitch--and swatched.


Amazing, isn’t it? Slip Stitch patterns are one of my favorite ways to use color--I learned this stitch 25 34 years ago! I first used it on baby clothes I knit when pregnant. Back in those day, pre-birth tests (for all sort of things) were very rare. And almost no one new ahead of time whether they were having a boy or girl--so many of the baby clothes I knit were pale (and dark) green, or pale (and bright) yellow or white. And some had all three colors! And one, I clearly remember making, had a yoke of tricolor linen stitch.

You’ll have noticed, I am sure, that the swatch is a slight rhombus in shape.
I started with size 8 needles, and the fabric was smooth and dense. But I want to full my finished hat, so half way through the swatch I switched to size 9 needles. (I might make another swatch on size 10’s, but I think that will be too loose. I don’t need a super loose drapy fabric to full, the way you do to felt. (I haven’t yet fulled my swatch)

TriColor Linen Stitch:
Cast on an even number of stitches--color A--
I used Long tail, so my first row is a wrong sided row..
Row 1: Drop color A, Pick up color B,P1 *P1, then bring yarn to back, as if to knit, Slip 1, bring yarn forward, repeat from * end with P1
Row 2: Drop color B, pick up color C, K1, *bring yarn to forward as if to purl, Slip1, bring yarn back, K1. Repeat from * end row with K1.
Row 3: At the completion of row 2, there will be 2 yarn on left edge of work, (color C, from just completed row) and color A.
Pick up color A; and P1 *P1, then bring yarn to back, as if to knit, Slip 1, bring yarn forward, repeat from * end with P1.
Row 4: At the completion of row 3, there will be 2 yarn on left edge of work, (color A, from just completed row) and color B.
Pick up color B; K1, *bring yarn to forward as if to purl, Slip1, bring yarn back, K1. Repeat from * end row with K1
Row 5: At the completion of row 4, there will be 2 yarn on left edge of work, (color B, from just completed row) and color C.
Pick up color C; and P1 *P1, then bring yarn to back, as if to knit, Slip 1, bring yarn forward, repeat from * end with P1.
Row 6: At the completion of row 5, there will be 2 yarn on left edge of work, (color C, from just completed row) and color A.
Pick up color A; K1, *bring yarn to forward as if to purl, Slip1, bring yarn back, K1. Repeat from * end row with K1

Basic Linen Stitch is a 2 row pattern, in each row, 1 stitched is worked, 1 slipped, with the bar of yarn from the slip stitch sitting on the front of the work.
The Tricolor Linen Stitch has 6 rows:
Pattern Row 1, color A
Pattern Row 2, color B
Pattern Row 1, color C
Pattern Row 2, color A
Pattern Row 1, color B
Pattern Row 2, color C

As each row is started, there will always be 2 strands/colors of yarn, the color just used, and the color dropped 2 rows previously.
The Color/strand of yarn dropped previously is always the one that will be used.

It looks good in a number of different color selections--high constrast colors look just as good as low contrast. The reverse side looks nothing like the front, but its very attractive, too!

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