Monday, June 27, 2011

Design your own stitch pattern

Since Monday, May 30th--when I shared the Spring Garden pattern with you--we've been exploring ways to make the pattern truly yours.

Today we will talk about stitch patterns. Spring Garden is worked in the "seed stitch" stitch pattern.



seed stitch (over an even number of stitches)


Row 1: knit 1, purl 1--continue to end of row


Row 2: purl 1, knit 1--continue to end of row


Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern




Seed stitch is a fun stitch pattern to alter. Here are some of the stitch patterns that I have "uninvented" while playing with the seed stitch. (I say "uninvented" because as Elizabeth Zimmerman pointed out, knitting is so old that it is very hard to invent something new in knitting.)

















Here are some ideas you can use to uninvent your own stitch pattern.


Combine two stitch patterns.


I combined purl and seed stitch.


Here's what I came up with...


Row 1: purl one, knit one--continue to end of row


Row 2: purl


Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern




Experiment with the number of stitches in the stitch pattern.


Here's what I came up with...


Row 1: knit two, purl two--continue to end of row


Row 2: purl two, knit two--continue to end of row


Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern




Experiment with the number of rows in the stitch pattern.


Here's what I came up with...


Rows 1 and 2: knit one, purl one--continue to end of rows


Rows 3 and 4: purl one, knit one--continue to end of rows


Repeat rows 1 to 4 for pattern


Note: When uninventing a stitch pattern for Spring Garden, first read the pattern carefully. Keep in mind the number of stitches you will be working while you play.


Continue to explore and you be delighted by the results.

Happy uninventing


2 comments:

holessence said...

I love the colors of the "varigated" (not sure if that's the right term) yarn -- with the soft hint of green in it. Ohhhh la la!

The Sweater Curse said...

Varigated is the correct term. Early Spring by Patons Decor is one of my favourite yarns. : )