Stitches Wednesday On Sunday

Last week was definitely a busy week.  On Tuesday, I trekked up to San Francisco to view, On The Grid: Textiles and Minimalism.   

“Minimalist art is based upon pre-existing systems that conceive of the artwork in advance of its actual execution.  These systems, often mathematical, rely on the repetition of simple forms.  Textiles by their very nature align with these core elements and textile artists, like the Minimalist artist, predetermine the finished work through their selection and processing of materials and in the warping or preparing the loom.” – de Young Museum

I was particularly interested in Contemporary artist Rebecca R. Medel (American, b. 1947) Wall of Windows, 1990, cotton, linen; knotted netting, warp and weft resist dyeing (ikat). Rebecca R. Medel began her career in the early 1980s and was influenced by Minimalist artists Agnes Martin and Sol Le Witt. The de Young describes the Wall of Windows installation as,”Using the time-consuming and meditative technique of combining knotted netting with double-ikat dyeing, she creates ethereal installations that vacillate between form and formlessnes.”  Medel mentions, “My work is about the spiritual, about infinity, about other than this physical plane of existence.”

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Wall of Windows (1990), Contemporary artist Rebecca R. Medel

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The many layers of Wall of Windows, 1990 (side view)

 

The definition of Minimalist art of the 1960s described as seriality, succession, progression, repetition permutation also applies to my concept, knitting with Binary Stitches.  Encoding letters as binary numbers creates an original design using knit and purl stitches.  Knitting the assigned  knit and purl stitches builds a basic block, and through repetition, forms a sculptural grid-like appearance.

Referencing artist, Piet Mondrian, I decided to knit Binary Stitches #4© – Minimalist Rectangle

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

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The rectangle is 18″ wide and will be 48″ long using Binary Stitches #4©.

 

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Stitches Wednesday #5

A couple of weeks ago,  I came across an advertisement in the August 21, 2016 issue of The New York Times Style Magazine from Missoni.  It’s no secret I’m in love with anything Missoni.   I’m am so excited to share this with you for another reason…

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Photo credit: Missoni and The New York Times Style Magazine

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Photo credit: Missoni and The New York Times Style Magazine

Now, I know what to do with all the self-patterning sock yarn I’ve collected over the years for socks that didn’t happen.  Doesn’t it look like I may have a couple that match Missoni’s?  Of course, the coat above was knitted by machine, but it might be fun to hand knit my very own.

Here is Stitch #5:

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Binary Stitches #5©

10 stitch pattern repeat

Row 1:  K1, P1, K6, P1, K1

Row 2:  All even rows, knit as the stitches present themselves.

Row 3:  K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1

Row 5:  P4, K2, P4

Row 7:  P2, K1, P4, K1, P2

Row 9:  K2, P6, K2

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Binary Stitches #5©

Enjoy!

 

 

©2016Mary Lou Fall

 

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Stitches Wednesday #4

This week is my favorite Binary Stitches© pattern by far.  The reversibility of all the Binary Stitches© makes this a very interesting journey.  Many times, I’ve wanted to knit a particular stitch pattern to find out the “wrong side” is just that.  Recently, a fellow knitter shared with me her experience knitting a shawl with slip stitches that didn’t look so great on the wrong side.  So here is #4…

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Binary Stitches #4©

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Binary Stitches #4©

Here’s a current project using this week’s featured stitch.  The particular yarn I am using, Plymouth Yarn, Arequipa worsted 90% Superwash Merino and 10% Mulberry Silk highlights the stitch definition beautifully.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this…buttons, vintage trim or maybe even a zipper.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

Binary Stitches #4©

Row 1: *P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, *repeat across row.

Row 2:  All even rounds, knit stitches as they present themselves.

Row 3:  *K2, P4, K2

Row 5: *P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1, *repeat across row.

Row 7: *K3, P2, K3, *repeat across row.

Row 9:  *P3, K2, P3, *repeat across row.

©2016 Mary Lou Fall

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Sonia Rykiel

Today “The Queen of Knitwear,” fashion icon, Sonia Rykiel passed away.

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Photo credit:  www.finalfashion.ca

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Photo credit:  www.taddlr.com

 

If you want to read about Ms. Rykiel, check out the article written in The New York Times.

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Stitches Wednesday #3

I decided to convert this week’s stitch pattern from flat to circular. I hiked to my local library in search of Margaret Radcliffe’s, Circular Knitting Workshop, which focuses on essential techniques to master knitting in the round.

I’ve always known the gauge swatch for circular knitting should be done circularly, but I avoided doing it. So, I decided to experiment with an open-backed swatch on double-pointed needles while carrying the yarn across the back – the same technique for knitting i-cord.

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It just so happens my gauge was slightly looser compared to knitting the same stitch pattern flat.

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Binary Stitches #3©

The following directions are for flat knitting:

8-st repeat

Row 1:  *K3, P1, K3, P1, *repeat across the row.

Row 2:  All even numbered rows, knit stitches as they present themselves.

Row 3:  *K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, *repeat across the row.

Row 4:  Repeat Row 2

Row 5:  *P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, *repeat across the row.

Row 6:  Repeat Row 2

Row 7:  *P8, *repeat across the row.

Row 8:  Repeat Row 2

Row 9:  *P3, K2, P3, *repeat across the row.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 2

End of pattern

Neck Adornment #1

Materials:  US Size #7 circular needle, Yarn: Schoppel Gradient 100% Virgin wool, 260 m, qty (2).

Circular Gauge: 4.5 sts = 1″ 4 rounds = 1″

Circumference: 44″    Width:  15″

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Binary Stitches© – Neck Adornment #1

CO 217 sts (extra stitch included) join in the round.

Cast on one extra stitch.  To join, slip one stitch purlwise from the right needle to the left needle.  Holding the cast-on tail together with the working yarn, knit 2 together which will join the first and last stitches of the cast on, place marker.  When you come to the first stitch at the beginning of the next round, knit the 2 strands together.

Circurlar (converted flat pattern above)

Rnd 1:  *K3, P1, K3, P1, *repeat across the row.

Rnd 2:  *K1, P3, K1, P3,

Rnd 3:  *K1, P2, K2, P2, K1

Rnd 4:  *P1, K2, P2, K2, P1

Rnd 5:  Repeat Rnd 4

Rnd 6:  Repeat Rnd 3

Rnd 7:  P8

Rnd 8:  Repeat Rnd 7

Rnd 9:  P3, K2, P3

Rnd 10:  K3, P2, K3

End of pattern.  Continue repeating until desired width is reached.

CO 217 sts (extra stitch included) join in the round.

Cast on one extra stitch.  To join, slip one stitch purlwise from the right needle to the left needle.  Holding the cast-on tail together with the working yarn, knit 2 together which will join the first and last stitches of the cast on, place marker.  When you come to the first stitch at the beginning of the next round, knit the 2 strands together.

©2016 Mary Lou Fall

 

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Stitches Wednesday #2

Before I show you the second gauge swatch in a series of Binary Stitches©, here is an example using Stitch #1.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

I found the perfect yarn for the perfect project…Zealana Rimu.  Fingering Weight Rimu is a machine washable brushtail possum blend. Using this unique yarn also helps make New Zealand’s ecosystem a lot healthier.  The brushtail possum invades the nest of New Zealand’s kiwi, which face habitat destruction by these unwanted non-native species.

Edge Stitches:  Chain stitch: (RS) Slip the first and last stitch purl wise with the yarn in front. (WS) Knit through the back loop of the first stitch and knit the last stitch.

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CO 38 stitches using a Size 5 US needle.

Rows 1-12:  Work twisted ribbing (k1 tbl, p1) for approximately 2 inches.

Using the Binary Stitch© #1, work (5) repeats of pattern.

Work twisted ribbing for (6) rows for approximately 1 inch.  Continue working stitch pattern  (5) times separated by ( 6) rows of twisted ribbing.

Knit until desired length.

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Binary Stitches© #2

Stitch #2 depicts squares within a square.  I wonder what this would look like using slip-stitch knitting?  Knit at least three pattern repeats to fully see the pattern.

10 stitch pattern repeat

CO 30 using a smooth worsted-weight yarn and Size 7 US Needles.

Row 1:  K2, P1, K4, P1, K2

Row 2 and all even rows:  Knit the stitches as they present themselves.

Row 3:  K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1

Row 5:  P2, K1, P4, K1, P2

Row 7:  K2, P2, K2, P2, K2

Row 9:  P2, K6, P2

Row 10: End of pattern

©2016 Mary Lou Fall

 

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Binary Stitches

Since I live in Silicon Valley, why not design with Binary Stitches©.  What are Binary Stitches©? Knit and purl stitches defined as bit or bytes offer a multitude of ‘new’ knitting stitches, which I refer to as Binary Stitches©.

Each week on my blog I’ll  introduce a new pattern swatch.  So, here is the first example of many more yet to be discovered.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

The above-pictured swatch has not been blocked because I did not want to flatten the texture of the surface.

Binary Stitch Pattern #1©

The swatch is knit with a smooth worsted-weight yarn using  US Size 7 needles.  Knit the stitch pattern at least three times through to fully enjoy  the stitch pattern.

18 st pattern repeat

CO 36 sts

Row 1:  K2, P3, K3, P2, K3, P3, P2

All even rows:  Knit the stitches as they present themselves.

Row 3:  K1, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, K1, K2, P1, K1

Row 5:  P1, K7, P2, K7, P1

Row 7: P2, K1, P1, K2, P6, K2, P1, K1, P2

Row 9:  K2, P4, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P4, K2

Row 10: End with this row.

Copyright © 2016 by Mary Lou Fall

 

 

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