Thursday, June 6, 2019

Woven Lattice

Woven Lattice as instructed in Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss

I LOVED this pattern!

It's like tartan, but made out of knits and purls. Imagine that this would look amazing with different colored yarns. I didn't even finish this swatch off, I just want to continue into a scarf (I don't think i'll have enough yarn though—the swatch is HUGE).

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Basketweave as instructed in Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss

This is an oldie but a goodie! I once knit a vest for my father in this stitch. Have never really used it since, but it brought back so many memories of knitting that in class. I can’t believe I actually had the patience to finish a whole garment like that, even if I missed my deadline. I believe I was supposed to finish it for Christmas but I didn’t get it done until (after) his birthday in February.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Hooked On: Tunisian Entrelac Bag

It's LA Yarn Crawl time! It is a whopping two weekends long this year, and I've taken the opportunity to visit a yarn shop I've never been to before: The Little Knittery in Los Feliz (whether I get to go to another store later is up in the air). Normally when I go to a yarn crawl shop I just buy whatever looks good, and often nothing at all, never have a gotten the recommended yarn for one of the store patterns. Not this time though. I fell in love with the crocheted bag on display, and bought two skeins of the recommended Noro Silk yarn at $21 a pop (it was also payday).

I've gotten started on this and I have to say it's a pretty good on-the-go project. I've managed a couple of diamonds on the bus and during my lunch break, which is pretty good for someone who has never done a Tunisian Crochet nor an entrelac crochet project before. Results so far look like this and I am loving it:

Entrelac crocheting turned out to be fairly simple, but I had trouble with the Tunisian style and I had to start over a couple of times. Using this tutorial I was able to get it. I highly recommend it if you're doing the same stitch for the first time. My mistake was that I didn't understand what "put hook under next vertical bar" meant so I just crocheted through the next stitch as thought normal, creating an odd looking stitch that I KNEW was just wrong. That's why quickly accessible YouTube vids are such a godsend!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Zig Zag

Zig Zag as instructed in Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss, if you can tell
Ooh, this is where colorful yarn fails us. The pattern here is simply in the arrangement of knits and purls per row, creating an effect of vertical zigzags of alternating moss and stockinette stitch. In the book I am working from this is knit in a solid color and it looks great. However, the effect totally disappears when using this multi-colored yarn. Colorful yarns tend to overshadow details in the pattern. As I am learning, as pretty as a color way is, it's not always the best to show off stitches.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Twisted Tie

Twisted Tie NOT as instructed in Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss
This stitch is another one of the "stockinette stitch with a twist every few rows" patterns that we've seen. This time I actually like the neat little rows of my swatch over the slightly slanted lines of the book's picture. This variation is made by continuously knitting two together on a wrong-side row and knitting front and back on the right side. 

And here is where I have to admit my huge mistake. My first attempt is the first image in this post. I READ the instructions -- but obviously my brain processed something else -- and so for the first two rounds I purled two stitches together instead of knitting. I only realized my mistake on the third repeat of the pattern, when I finally realized that the pattern said K2tog. In case you're curious, that pattern is the lower two thirds of the picture above; it is actually a decent stitch pattern itself. However, the swatch that I actually intended to make is the one pictured below.

Twisted Tie as instructed in Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Swag Stitch

Swag Stitch as instructed in Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss

At first I thought this stitch was sort of boring. The long loose pieces of yarn in front are slipped stitches with the working yarn in front, offset by two purls on each side. However, after two rounds I think this is actually a really pretty pattern. I will say that the picture in the book is much nicer than what I did — it's slightly more slanted than my straighter lines. I'm also fairly certain that I knit a scarf in this stitch (or something similar) way back when I was new to knitting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tweed Stitch

Tweed Stitch as instructed in Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss

I'm just going to refer to all these variations of alternating knit/purls as moss stitches. I said way back at the first of these swatches that moss stitch was my favorite, but I'm starting to get sick of it. I appreciate that there's so many different ways to get this effect, but I'm having a hard time telling the finished results apart.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

FO: Rainforest Chunky Hat

I'm so excited about this hat! It's been raining this winter in LA. Other places around the country have been experiencing arctic conditions — and I'm very glad to not be there — but mild winters and perpetual drought on this coast have left me unprepared for 40-degree mornings and the rain-soaked commute home. 

Okay, not it's not. It's the fact that I refuse to buy a ready-made beanie from the store. I always insist on knitting something and just bear-with until it's done (it's never done!). December had a few cold and rainy days so I insisted on knitting my hat, but by the time I finished it it was warm again. The hats I do already have are such that they either fit but they are too lacy for the cold, the color is too loud for me to feel comfortable wearing out, or they don't fit because I worked without a pattern and didn't make it fit my actual head!

This hat I worked without a pattern, and it actually fits! I'm getting there. I gauge swatched and calculated how many stitches I would nee for the fit I want and I made a hat that fit perfectly. I wore it all day and it did not fall off, or that thing where it slips UP (?) and gives me a conehead. 

Not to say that it's all perfect: I still need to work on distributing stitches evenly and in pattern — the crown looks a bit wonky when laying flat — and the cable pattern is hardly visible in the colorful yarn.

The gray ribbed brim is Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, and the pompom is Lion Brand Wool-Ease. The colorful yarn is Darn Good Yarn Fancy Twist Silk, which is a chunky yarn I received in my Darn Good Yarn of the month subscription. This is the second month I receive this subscription; the yarn from the first month is what I'm using for my stitch swatches. I really liked working with this yarn (call me crazy, but I think it might be scented? Like a clean linen/baby powder scent), and the color way reminds me of a the unusual animals you see in a rainforest, hence the name of this "Rainforest Hat."