Thursday, December 23, 2010

Free Pattern - Gulls and Garter Washcloth

Photo by indigoace on ravelry.

EDIT 7/28/16 - clarifying instructions and adding a photo that actually works.

I love the Gulls and Garter stitch pattern. It's lovely and interesting, it looks good in both variegated and solid yarn, and it's fun to knit without being too difficult.

Cast on 45 stitches (or a multiple of 8 stitches plus five).

Rows 1-4: work in garter stitch (knit every row).
Rows 5 (wrong side): k4 *p5, k3* to last 4 stitches, k4
Row 6 (right side): k4 *With yarn in front, slip 5 stitches purlwise, k3* to last 9 stitches, with yarn in front, slip 5 stitches purlwise, k4.
Row 7: repeat row 5.
Row 8: K4, *k2, insert RH needle under strand 2 rows below, k next st on LH needle, catching the yarn float behind your stitch, k7; rep from * (end last rep k2)  k4

Continue until cloth is desired length. Work rows 1-4 again. Bind off, weave in ends, enjoy!

Below is a chart of the Gulls and Garter stitch.  Red lines indicate the repeats marked by asterisks above.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Personalizing Kilt Hose

I have had an upsurge in purchases of my basic knitted kilt hose pattern lately. The pattern has some notes on customizing the hose by using different stitch patterns in the leg, and I thought I'd share a few favorites. Please be aware that the calf shaping will mean you'll need to be careful about pattern repeats and read your knitting to make sure everything lines up correctly. That said, here are a few nice (and relatively easy) stitch patterns you can use to spruce up a pair of hose (all of these are in the round):

Herringbone Stitch

Multiple of 4 stitches.

Round 1: k all
Round 2: *k2, sl 1 purlwise, k1, yo, pass slipped stitch over these two stitches*

Mistake Rib

Multiple of 3 stitches.

Round 1: *k2, p1*
Round 2: *k1, p2*

Double Rib

Multiple of 6 stitches.

Round 1: *k3, p3*
Round 2: *k1, p1*

These are all nice stretchy stitches that look lovely on hose, and I'll try to get photos up soon.

I will be posting a new washcloth pattern this week, and the stitch pattern from the washcloth would also look great on hose. I will share the stitch pattern when I post the washcloth.