Seed Stitch v. Moss Stitch
Sept. 8, 2017
Seed stitch vs moss stitch – It comes down to visual effects. If you think about what these things really look like in life. Seeds are tiny little individual bumps and moss is little clumps of similar texture. It takes a very discerning eye to really see the difference in knitting but the pattern, is very different. With seed stitch, you have two options. If you cast on an odd number, then you have a single row pattern. Every row will be *k1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. If you cast on an even number then you’ll have a 2 row pattern. Row 1 will be *k1, p1 to the end and Row 2 will be *p1, k1 to the end. Moss stitch is worked over an even number of stitches and it is a 4 row pattern. Row 1 – *k1, p1 to end: Row 2 – *p1, k1 to end: Row 3 – *p1, k1 to end: Row 4 – *k1, p1 to end. This creates the little clumps that resemble a bed of moss. FYI – British call our seed stitch, moss. I do not know what they call our moss stitch
Sept. 10, 2017
Here are a few tips about reading charts.
1. Imagine that you lay your left needle down in front of you. You’re ready to start that first chart. That first stitch is the lower right hand corner of your chart. Because you have to knit from the further most right hand stitch to the further most left hand stitch. The first line of your chart will always read right to left. ALWAYS.
2. Charts are always read bottom to top. Think about how your work progresses. That very first line is always on the bottom of your knitting. Everything you do after that first line is stacked on top of it. And so it is with a chart. First line is on the bottom and everything you do after that first line is stacked on top of it.
3. If you are knitting flat work, the second line of the chart will always read left to right. Why? Because you have to turn the work and go back across the same stitches and the chart is a picture of the front side of your work.
4. If you are working in the round, the chart will read right to left on every single row because you are always facing the right side of the work.
5. Charts that include a row of purl (blank box) in every other row will often leave that out and so you will only see odd numbered rows that are the front of the work. These will always read right to left.
6. Chart symbols are pretty standardized but we knitters can be pretty creative and will always manage to come up with a new one. There should be a chart legend provided with every pattern or at least once in a pattern book.
7. The dreaded black box. You see it in the chart. It says ignore that stitch. How do you ignore a stitch on your needles? You don’t. You are only ignoring the boxes on the chart. The very next stitch on your needles is the very next charted box on the chart no matter how many black boxes you see.
8. Charts do not have to be square. The boxes do in order to visualize the chart but the chart as a whole can take on any form that your knitted piece takes on. This is especially true with lace charts.
9. One box = one stitch rule. It doesn’t matter if you are knitting 3 stitches into 1, that symbol will take only 1 box. If you need to know what your stitch count should be on that row, count your boxes. There is an exception. The double yarn over as displayed by the infinity symbol (sideways 8) will go into a single box. In some patterns, it will actually count as 2 stitches and in others, it will only count as 1, so watch for it. You may come across it in lace patterns.
10. Don’t ignore the written pattern just because there is a chart to follow. Very often, there will be specific instructions in the written portion that are not included on a chart. If the written instructions match exactly what the chart depicts, then you can follow one or the other and you don’t have to follow both. Read your pattern completely before beginning to knit!
October 2, 2017
We are having a knit along! Just in time for Christmas. We are going to be knitting a Christmas elf. For many, this will be the first time knitting a soft toy. It will involve lots of increases, decreases, shaping, seaming and stuffing. Lots of fun! When we get through, we can give our elves as gifts, use them as a shelf elf to keep naughty children in line or decorate the tree with them.
The knit along starts on October 15th and goes to October 29th.
On another note, we recently hit a new membership level. We now have over 2500 members! Watch us grow!