Tag: color

color knits and christmas ornaments

I’m swimming in colorful knits lately. Precious red on my red DPN’s for a new pattern.

rot1rot2

Burgundy/dark pink, dark teal and white for color studies. As you can see I have used stranded knitting and intarsia for this. Intarsia in the round is yet a technique I don’t really enjoy. If it wasn’t for the beautiful results, I would just leave it be. I have created a tutorial for knitting intarsia in the round some time ago for the penguin handpuppet. Nevertheless I’m still looking for an easier method and found the work of Anne Berk recently. I enrolled in her Craftsy class “Next steps in intarsia” (I hope this link works, if not search for the title and you’ll find it!) and like the way she has approached the problem of intarsia in the round. Sadly, I have not yet found a tutorial of this technique that’s free, but if you like intarsia it’s worth a look.

color1 color2

In the matter of a certain time of the year approaching, I have dug out the christmas ornament kit from Alicia Paulson that is waiting to be finished for a long time now. It’s the “Sweet Home Ornament Set”. I looked for new patterns, but she seems to have broken her tradition of releasing a new set every year. When I bought mine in 2011 I finished the candle, but never got around beginning the other two ornaments. The rabbit was a fast thing, but as you can see in the picture below, the beautiful door takes a little bit mor effort. I finished both by now, but forgot to take a photo and already hung them around the house. I’ll try to remember to take them down and make a photo of them together.

posie1

One of my dear customers send me a picture of a gym bag she made for a friend with my geometric bear embroidery on it. It came out beautifully! See for your self.

Seeing pictures of finished embroidery/knitting from my patterns is always a rewarding experience for me and it makes me very happy!

I wish you a wonderful weekend, soon,

Anne

slip stitch vs knit in the row below

There are many ways to create a knitted fabric with the use of multiple colors. For beginners working with more then one thread at a time can be intimidating. Nevertheless there are ways achieve a color pattern by working with one thread per row/round. The 2 ways I want to show today are slipped stitches and knit in the row below. Both techniques are easy to do and alter the fabric to mimic color patterns.

1. Knit into the row below

row-below

The knitting needle is inserted into the loop of the stitch below the next stitch.
You can cover multiple rows this way, too, but keep in mind that very long stitches can break more easily. The knit in the row below stitch creates an downward dart or longer stitch pointing downward.

2. The slip stitch

slip-stitch

left: slip stitch purlwise with yarn in the back
right: slip stitch purlwise with yarn in front

Slipped stitches work the other way round. Slip the stitch with either the yarn in the back or front, depending on your pattern. In one of the next rows the slipped stitch will be worked again.
You can slip one stitch for several rows, but there are limitations how long the stitch can be stretched. The slipped stitch creates an upwards dart or longer stitch pointing upward.

Comparison

Both stitches elongate one stitch over one or several rows and thus cover the stitch color of these rows underneath. While knitting in the row below makes a downward pointed stitch, the slip stitch creates an upward pointing stitch. This makes a difference in pattern making, so you definitely can’t substitute one stitch with the other and get the same result.

There is also a huge difference in gauge with both stitches. The slipped stitchmakes the fabric more firm, while knitting in the row below makes a very airy fabric. I choose a smaller needle size for knitting in the row below and a bigger needle for the slip stitch compared to regular stockinette knitting. Why the difference? Let’s take a look into the nature of both stitches:

comparison1

upper part: knit in the row below – the green is popping out a little bit
lower part: slipped stitch – the white slipped stitches pop out very distinctively

With slip stitch you take a regular, already existing stitch and stop knitting it for one or more rows. When you work this stitch after some rows, this regular stitch get’s pulled up and has to cover twice or more the height of rows it was made for. Since every stitch only has a certain length of yarn and can’t just simply be longer, it has to borrow yarn length from the neighbour stitches. This creates some tension, so when you work the slipped stitch it has the tendancy to stretch back to it’s own row. This however pulls together the rows the stitch is covering slightly. That is why the slipped stitch compacts the fabric slightly and makes it more firmly.

Now let’s see what knitting in the row below does differently. By knitting in the row below you essentially make a large stitch and additionally unravel the stitches of the row below (the amount depends on how many rows below you stitch). If you have ever dropped a stitch you know, that unraveled stitches don’t just disappear but leave a trail of yarn about the width of the yarn the lost stitch used AND the stitches right beside the dropped stitch grow slightly because they swallow a part of the excess yarn from the dropped stitch. So by unraveling the stitches below you create a hole (covered then by the knit-in-the-row-below-stitch) and enlarge the stitches on each side. With all this new room, the fabric becomes airy and lighter.

Here are the related articles for this mini-series:

Introduction
Slip stitch vs knit in the row below
5 slip stitch patterns
5 knit in the row below patterns

Swatching

slipstitch1

my son brought me this beautiful flower when he came from school – so sweet 🙂

I tried some slipped stitch patterns yesterday and they are great! Why did I struggle with intarsia, stranded knitting and double knitting first instead of learning the easy mode color work first? I did actually even “invented” a method to work stranded knitting forward and backwards so I can knit it in rows all on the right side (yes I hate working stranded knitting on the purl side THAT much, and working in the round was no option for that project).

So I made a lot of photos and there will be tutorials on how to work slipped stitch and knit-in-the-row-below patterns. I also made comparisons between these very similar techniques and they work out very differently in the endresult – I wouldn’t have guessed it.

Joining in with Keep Calm Craft On and Ginny.

k1below

Here are the related articles for this mini-series:

Introduction
Slip stitch vs knit in the row below
5 slip stitch patterns
5 knit in the row below patterns

geometric embroidery piece 4

There are some color combinations which I’m very fond of one of which is teal and pink and the other one is yellow and pink. Combined to teal-pink-yellow thie sweet little cross stitch comes out. Compared with the other 3 pieces in this series it is so cheery and round. No need to say I like it a lot!

04aBuy here:  craftsy dawanda etsy

04b

Here are the other 3 pieces in the geometric series: One, two, three.

Preparing for Christmas

What, christmas? I don’t want to even think about it right now, right? Actually. But somehow the christmas stocking mood came over me and I whipped up a set of 3 heart patterned stockings. I have some boys stockings in the making, too. It’s so relaxing to knit some pixel art! My daughter keeps complaining that these lovely pink stockings are way to big to fit her tiny feet. Maybe I should scale them down to different sizes? I knitted the stars stockings with sock yarn and they fit perfectly (my big feet, not hers, I would have to knit hers in sewing lace yarn to get gauge, I fear).

stockingsherzen

Christmas Stockings HEARTS Set available in all of my shops

Buy here:  youtube patternfish craftsy dawanda etsy