Monday, May 07, 2007

More Pattern Idea for Jacquard Double Knit Potholders

Here are some more pattern ideas for potholders..
Steps (any dark and white combo) / Streaks of Lightning (yellow and black)
Based on a quilt pattern, this could also be Split Rail Fence, if worked in greens and browns or taupes.
Cast on 64(32 stitches each side--a multiple of 4)
The 4 stitches wide stripes offset 2 stitches, every other row, to create the zigzag line.
The directions refers to 8 stitches, (4 knit and 4 purls,) and all changes are done on Right side (ever other row) the even row, work each stitch in the same color yarn as previous row.

Row 1: 8 (4K/4P) stitches of white/yellow on right side, (yellow) 8 stitches of dark on right siderepeat across row..
Row 2: follow color pattern established in row 1
Row 3: 4 (2K/2P)stitches dark on right side, *8 (4) white/yellow on right side, 8 (4K/4P) darkon right side* across row, ending with 4(2K/2P)dark.on right side.
Row 4: follow color pattern established row 3
Row 5: *8(4K/4P) stitches of dark on right side, 8(4K/4P) of white/yellow on right side, repeat across row..
Row 6: follow color pattern established in row 5
Row 7: 4(2K/2P)stitches white/yellow on right side, *8(4K/4P) dark on right side, 8 (4K/4P) white/yellow on right side, *across row, ending with 4 (2K/2P) white/yellow on right side.
Row 8: follow color pattern established in row 7
Repeat rows 1 to 8, 4 more times (40 rows in total)

I tend to like symmetry--and most of the patterns are very symmetrical, but sometimes, asymmetry is the right thing. The Window pattern (I’ve knit it a half dozen times or so--it is a pattern I really like!) always has a band of birds eye pattern in the beginning. Is this the window box of flowers? Or is it that the potholder is upside-down (and this is the window valance? )
Who knows, I just know I like a bit of birds eye pattern at the beginning of the window. If you like the idea its a curtain/valence, leave a long tail and make your haning loop from the tail.

Cast on 70
First 7 rows are Birdseye pattern--the birds eye can be in alternate colors/a combination of ombre/color way yarn and solid , even 2 ombre’s that contrast.
Next 3 rows, Right side light.
Then place markers one after 4th stitch (side sash) *one 14 stitches later (first pane) one 2 stitches later, (repeat 3 more times) after last marker 4 stitches remain (side sash)
Row 1 of pattern, First 4 stitches are knit in same color as previous row, *Next 14 in opposite color, Next 2 in same color as previous row, (repeat) ending with 4 (not 2) stitches in opposite color.
Row 2 knit every stitch is same color it was knit in previous row.
Row 11 and 12, Knit a stripe, (on white/light side, stripe will be white.)
Repeat these 12 rows 3 more times (For a window with 4 over 4 panes)
End with 3 rows of solid stripe (white stripe on right side)

If you want a smaller potholder, use few stitches (decrease by multiples of 4, and make the ‘window panes (the group of 14 stitches into groups of 12 (6 stitches per pane) or even a group of 10 (5 stitches per pane)

After a few potholders, you’ll begin to understand the double knitting process, and will be ready to read charts, and make hearts, clovers, and other designs.
9 Patch
(still in progess!)
Cast on 60 or 66
Divide with markers into groups of 20/22, (10/11 K--10/11P)
Knit a simple 9 patch or knit small motifs into each patch..
10/11 light on right side, 10/11 dark on right side, 10/11 light on right side.
After 11 or 12 rows, change and make 10/11 dark, 10/11 light, 10/11 dark on right sides
Finish with 10/11 light on right side, 10/11 dark on right side, 10/11 light on right side.
Is this work in progress Hugs and Kisses? Or Tic Tack Toe? --the blocks could also be A B C or 1 2 3--or small flowers, or other motifs!
The size of the the 9 patch blocks can be increases (with moderation) to suit your motif. to keep the potholder 'squarish' be sure to have more rows than stitches! (for every 30 stitches (per side) i like to have at least 33 row, and perfer 36!)

The Boxed Set starts out with 66 stitches cast on.
After 3 rows of simple double knitting, there is a pattern change, the first 6 stitches continue in Light color (a) as do the last 6, but the 54 center stitches are in color B
Three more rows, and 12 of the edge stitches are vertical striped, and the center stitches are back to color A.
Continue, forming smaller and smaller nested boxes.
This last design shows why ombres are often less successful in double knitting. All to often, the 'natural mate' doesn't provide enough contrast, and the design edges become blurred.

To Part 7—Scandinavian 2 yarn, Single Color Double Knitting.

To Part 8--The Momentary end to an Obsession--tally: 18 Double Knit Potholders


Veronica TM said...

those are all wonderful! i have to learn to knit!
thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

|chee-uh| said...

One day I will sit down to try all your tutorials. Nice stats by the way! It's getting so hot out here and I have no AC in my car. It's my new weightloss plan. I will literally melt the fat off while driving.

Melanie J Watts said...

your website is a goldmine of instructions for double knitting Thanks for telling me about it.

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