Monday, December 19, 2016

How to Read your Knitting Part 8

Our next stitch will be a lace border worked down from the knitting. You often work this type of stitch at the bottom edge of top down shawls. As usual I've added a 3 stitch Garter border.


Lace Edging (pattern multiple of 16)


Row 1 (RS): * Yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from *.
Row 2, 4, 6 and 8 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: * K1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from *.
Row 5: *Yo, ssk, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * .
Row 7: * K1, (yo, ssk) twice, k5, (k2tog, yo) twice, k2; rep from *.
Row 9: * (Yo, ssk) 3 times, yo, cdd, yo, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, k1; rep from * .
Row 10, 11 and 12: Knit.

Cast off loosely.

Here's what you are going to end up with.
 



Row 1 is critical, I often recheck it once I've finished. I go back to the beginning of the row looking at each stitch as I read out the row to myself. I check the yarn overs are in the correct locations and that the direction of the decreases are correct. Here's a tip to help you remember.


Here's what it looks like with Row 1 done.




Row 3 started.




Row 3 continued, at this point you can already see the cdd is in the centre of the repeat and the ssks are creating a strong line leaning to the left.


 


Row 5, notice here how the centre 7 stitches are worked over the cdd from Row 3, if stitch 4 of 7 isn't on top of the cdd you have gone wrong.



Row 7, notice here how the centre 5 stitches are worked over the cdd from Row 3, if stitch 3 of 5 isn't on top of the cdd you have gone wrong. You should also be watching now for the yos to be aligning beside the ssks or k2togs and both should be creating diagonal lines across the work.

 

Here's the completed but un-blocked finished sample again.

 
 As usual this skill is best learned with yarn and needles in your hands.

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