Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Continuing My Goal--

I have just completed another new video. My newest YouTube video is the Half Double Knit Garter Stitch...

At first glance it looks like a standard garter--but it's not, and while it has of the characteristics of a garter stitch; non rolling, same on each side, compact row gauge, it is actually more compact than a standard garter stitch, and thicker, and plusher.

The swatch starts out in Half Double Knit garter stitch, then switches to seed stitch, (repeats of R1) and changes to real garter stitch, and then finally returns to Half Double Knit Garter Stitch.

The changes make it very clear that Half Double Knit Garter has a significantly different row and stitch gauge. It's harder to see that the stitch is also thicker, but works a few rows for your self and you'll quickly see (and feel) how much thicker and plusher this stitch is.

Half Double Knit Garter Stitch
3 row pattern, worked over a multiple of 2
R1: * P1, K1. Repeat across row
R2: * K1, slip the knit stitch Repeat across row
R3: * K1, slip the purl stitch Repeat across row
For rows 2 and 3, keep the yarn at the back of the work. And slip the stitches purlwise.

Rows 2 and 3 are basically the same, but.. K1, Sl1 makes its a little hard to keep track of which row you are on.. K1, Slip the knit and K1, slip the purl help you distinguish the 2 rows. And makes it easier (for me at least!) to keep track of which row is being worked.

The edges of the work can be a bit raggedy. An I cord selvage helps create a finished look—if the edges aren't going to be seamed.

Half double knit garter stitch with I cord edging.
3 row pattern, worked of a multiple of 2, Plus 6—I like to place markers (first 3 and last 3 stitches) to make it easy to keep track of the i-cord stitches.
(if you want a more prominent I-cord, increase K3/slip 3 to 4 or 5 stitches)
R1: K3, * P1, K1. Repeat across row, end row with by slipping last 3 stitches
R2: K3, * K1, slip the knit stitch Repeat across row, end row by slipping last 3 stitches
R3: K3* K1, slip the purl stitch Repeat across row, end row by slipping last 3 stitches

For rows 2 and 3, keep the yarn at the back of the work. And slip the stitches purlwise.

I really like this stitch. There are some very nice patterns from EZ that are worked it garter stitch (one of her favorite stitches.) I often dislike them, because I tend to like snug cuffs—and many garter stitch patterns tend to be boxy—Sleeves are straight, (or just slightly tapered) tubes, and sweaters, too, tend to have boxy lower edges. The half double knit garter allow you to have snug cuffs, that, at first glance are garter too. The stitch is stretchy—but returns to its smaller size.

This stitch is great for garter stitch slippers, too. Tighter, and thicker, it holds its shape better. Being thick and plusher it feels good under your feet.

I think it would be great for floor/bath mats, too. I've made thick plush bath mats out of worsted weight cotton, but this stitch is thicker and plusher... and just as reversible. It would be slower to knit, but I think it would be worth the extra effort.


I am sure I haven't of half or even a quarter of the ways to use this stitch—I am sure there are many applications I haven't thought of.   
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