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″

Stitiches Wednesday #3
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

 

Step By Step

Sometimes, the best adventures are those not planned.  On the spur of the moment, my husband and I decided to take a day trip to Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

The main attraction for the day was the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

After evaluating the path down to the lighthouse, my husband decided to wait for me at the top.  So, I began the journey step by step.  Along the way, I captured beautiful photographs. Here’s one of them.

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

I successfully reached the lighthouse, and began the journey back to the top.  On my way up to the top, I noticed each step was numbered.  There are 308 steps down and 308 up.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

It was sheer determination that motivated me to walk down to the lighthouse.  For the last five years, I’ve realized how determined I am.  Specifically when it comes to learning something new with challenges.  Take for instance, I attempted to knit a pattern with short rows twice. I’ve decided to try the pattern again.  Perhaps the third time’s the charm.

Silke designed by Julie Weisenberger of Coco Knits “is a drapey, flattering tunic with front points that hang down lower than the back” in a slip stitch pattern.  With this attempt, I decided to knit and block the swatch due to the linen content in the yarn.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

The damp swatch was pinned vertically  to test the effects of gravity  on the gauge. This makes sense to me because the garment hangs vertically when worn.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

I’ve cast on 226 stitches using a Size 7 needle in  Schoppel Leinen Los 70% wool, 30% linen, Col. 7653M.  The tunic/cardigan is knitted from the bottom up in one piece.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall (Rocks collected from Drake’s Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore)

I need to work straight until piece measures 9″ from the CO edge, and then the cardigan fronts are worked independently. I am determined to knit this pattern step by step.