Versatility With Binary Stitches

I’ve been programming (in a sense) my latest design using Binary Stitches©.  The original order of stitches was not what I ended up with.  I manipulated the rows as if they were lines of code, trying to achieve a particular visual effect.

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Paper cut-outs were used to help me decide which direction I wanted to knit.

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Was I going to knit in the round, flat with a seam or use a provisional cast on?  I decided to knit Versatility flat with a seam.

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Versatility Option #1
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Versatility Option #2
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Versatility Option #4

Versatility With Binary Stitches©

Materials:  Malabrigo Rasta Kettle Dyed Merino Wool, approx. 90 yds, col. 416 Indiecita.  Option 1 (qty 1) and Options 2-4 (qty 2).

US Size 15 needle

Gauge:  2 sts = 1″

Measurements:         Option 1:   12″ wide x 20″ long (after light blocking)

                                       Options 2-4:  12″ wide x 40″ long (after light blocking)

Multiple of 6 + 2

Edge Stitches: (RS) Wyif, slip the first and last stitch purlwise. (WS) Knit tbl of the first stitch and knit the last stitch.

Row 1:  K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, continue across the row.

Row 2:  Knit stitches as they appear

Row 3:  K3, P3, continue across the row.

Row 4:  Knit stitches as they appear.

Repeat these 4 rows.

Using Size 15 needle, CO 26 sts.  Knit to desired  length*. BO loosely and seam using desired method.

Option 1 is knit to a length of 20 inches, which gently hugs the neck.

Options 2-4 are knit to a length of 40 inches, which offers a variety of ways to wear  Versatility.

Pattern © by Mary Lou Fall

Binary Stitches©2016

Patterns are protected by international copyright laws and are intended for personal use only.  Other uses are strictly prohibited.

 

 

Design With A Conscience

Today is a day void of unnecessary noise.  A day so peaceful, I can hear myself think. No streaming Netflix, texting, working out at the gym or listening to music. I can hear myself turn the pages of one of my favorite knitting books looking for something new to knit, along with the tapping of my laptop keyboard as I write this post.

Within the last week, I’ve discovered how small the world of creativity has become.  For the last five years, I’ve attempted to use my blog to fill a large empty space in my heart.  I wanted to channel my energies into something positive, and not dwell on a not so pleasant situation.  So, I exposed my creative self  to the world through this blog.  I viewed my blog as a means of communication and education about what interests me, hoping along the way, someone else would enjoy this journey.  I’ve always been cognizant to give credit where credit is due.  If I post a picture, I site the source.  If I reference a book, I credit the author and publisher.  But of course, I don’t own a large yarn distribution company, and I haven’t written a book (even though I could), nor do I pound the pavement looking to teach at my LYS (been there done that).

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I am flattered that We Are Knitters finds my use of Binary Stitches© worthy of using as a title for their new snood kit.  Check out my blog post of August 9, 2016 where I discuss my development of Binary Stitches©2016.

 

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This is such a beautiful new scarf kit “Hagire” from Habu Textiles.   I too was inspired by Habu yarn in 2013.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall
Stitches and Yarn Textured Scarf #2
Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall
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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

*The above pictured scarf is my design using Habu Textiles and the shawl is Loopy and Luscious found at Knitty.com

Unlike the designers at Habu, I wasn’t trying to use up leftover yarn, my use of Habu Textiles highlighted the unique qualities of combining and playing with texture and color.

It’s been said, “Imitation is the best form of flattering.”  Well, “I’m over it!”  How about, “Give credit where credit is due”  or perhaps “Design with a conscience.”

 

Poncho Mondrianesque

Here’s my latest knitted garment for body adornment using Binary Stitch #4. For this knitted item, I looked to the works of Piet Mondrian and the aesthetics of Minimalism for inspiration.

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Piet Mondrian NY MoMA

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.

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Even though each knitted rectangular plane is separated by a black line, the plane itself is not contained on all four sides by a black line..  Each plane is knitted without an exact pattern repeat producing an asymmetrical balance.

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Poncho Mondrianesque 2016©

Poncho Mondrianesque is a one-piece rectangle.

Yarn: (5 colors) Plymouth Yarn Arequipa Worsted 218 yds 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Mulberry Silk.  I’ve also incorporated various yarn from my stash.

Size 6 US circular needle

Stitch Pattern: (8-stitch pattern repeat)

Row 1:  P2,K1,P2,K1,P2

Row 2: (All even rows) Knit as stitches present themselves

Row 3:  K2 P4, K2

Row 5:  P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1

Row 7:  K3, P2, K3

Row 9:  P3, K2, P3

Row 10:  Repeat Row 2

These ten rows create the stitch pattern.

Gauge:

24 sts = 4.25″ = 5.64 sts = 1″

5.64 sts x 18″ wide = 101.5 sts

Notes:

  1.  In keeping with the stitch pattern, CO 96 sts + 2 edge stitches
  2. For edge stitches: (RS)  Wyif, slip the first and last stitch purlwise.  (WS) Knit tbl of first stitch and knit the last stitch.
  3. Begin and end with 6 rows of K1, P1 ribbing.
  4. Separation of rectangular planes knit with color black in reverse stockinette stitch.

CO 98 stitches and knit in pattern for 48-52 inches.  For a more form fitting poncho, I knit to 43 inches.

How To Assemble:

Fold one end of rectangle (A) over and seam to one edge (B) on the opposite side of the rectangle.

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Poncho Mondrianesque ©

 

 

 

©2016 Mary Lou Fall

 

 

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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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

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

 

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

 

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©

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

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