Saturday, 29 December 2007

Between Christmas and New Year

I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas full of family, friends, love and hope.

Now we have that lovely time between holidays, when even if we have to work, there's a certain quietness that means we can relax and enjoy ourselves. I've been to the Boxing Day test (day 2), eaten leftovers, sorted out some files and, made some more scarves.

The first has been quite a trial - I was wanting a chequerboard effect with drop stitches in between. Unfortunately, this required too much casting off and on and the drop stitches sort of got lost. Maybe blocking would have helped, but it still wasn't working. I settled for casting on lengthwise, knitting a 3x3 rib then dropping stitches in a Fiobonacci pattern (is that how you spell it?).

I started the second last night and picked a pattern from the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary, the Daisy chain stitch. I've used much larger needles and made everything garter stitch. I quite like the effect and will make a long thin scarf.

Next week will be blocking everything! and getting them ready to sell.


Moorecat said...

Cast on a multiple of 8 sts + 3 using the backwards loop method.

Row 1: *K3, drop 5 sts, backwards loop cast on 5 more sts,* rep to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 2: *P3, drop 5 sts, backwards loop cast on 5 sts,* rep to last 3 sts, P3.

You might find it better to knit through the backwards loops.

Cast off row: *Cast off 3 sts, enlarge the last stitch enough to pass through the ball of yarn. Make 5 more backwards loops,* repeat until last 3 sts, cast off 3 sts and fasten off.

Remove the remaining loops from the needle.


PS: I haven't tried this myself, just ran it through my head. Caveat Tricoteuse, and all that :)

Teresa said...

Thanks, I did try something like this, though there are some subtle differences I think!

The main problem I found was that over a short distance the drop was too long (easily overcome) but if shorter started to disappear as the surrounding stitches took up the slack.

I wasn't sure that blocking would fix it.

Cheers, Teresa