A Creative Guide To Knitted Lace by Jan Eaton

By Jan Eaton

The basics—knitting, purling, following charted styles, completing off edges, storing accomplished works. The “pattern library” in again supplies lots of rules for including attractive lace borders to towels, tablecloths, and extra, and eyelet and textured styles make astonishing sweaters.

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Well, learning to do stranded knitting will make you feel like you’ve been sent right back to square one, because it will feel just as awkward to hold two yarns at the same time and keep them each at the correct tension. But just like when you first learned to knit, if you just hang in there, eventually you’ll find the way that works best for you, and it will all be worth it. Stitch ’n Bitch Superstar Knitting 24 If, however, you are like me and really despise one of the two ways (I personally feel that Continental takes all the fun out of knitting; you might feel exactly the same way about English-style knitting—I know Elizabeth Zimmermann did), you can hold both yarns with the same hand.

Yarn over and purl your way back, as you would for intarsia worked flat. Work your intarsia sections in the normal way. Stop before you get to the last purl stitch before the yarn over. P2tog with the last stitch and the yarn over. 4 Turn your work so the knit side is facing you, and ● continue this method for the entire intarsia section. If your last row of intarsia is a knit row, just ssk at the end of the row, then continue knitting in the round. If that last row is a purl row, you’ll need to p2tog at the end and turn and work a yarn over again at the beginning of the next knit row.

There are two instances in which you might want to combine some stranding with your intarsia. If you have a number of small color designs scattered over a single-color background (as in my torture sweater above), you should use separate lengths of yarn to make your small designs, but strand the background yarn behind them. Here you’d be working intarsia within a stranded piece. Alternatively, you might work some stranded knitting within an intarsia piece. For instance, in an American flag design worked in intarsia using separate lengths of red, white, and blue, you might work the stars by stranding the white yarn behind the blue.

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