Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I've started and ripped the edging of the Eats Roots Shoots and Leaves. Seems I can't read a pattern. There's a wrapped stitch in the edging which I completely ignored, so I had to start again after 10 cm or so of edging. Second try wasn't much more successful, I wrapped the wrong stitch, so we're both petulant.
Feeling choked, I began to seek solace in stash. Two balls of silk garden in the most beautiful colours. The antithesis of my lace shawl, I needed something simple and
I scoured ravelry and the net. Argosy? - too much. Entrelac? - not in the mood, although maybe later.
I let the yarn speak.
DRAGON SKIN SCARF
(Stitch pattern adapted from Barbara Walker's second treasury, pp136-137)
Yarn (2 Balls Silk Garden)
Suitable knitting needle (4mm)
Cast on 30 stitches
Repeat Rows 1-12 of DRAGON SKIN Pattern until scarf reaches desired length.
Cast off and press.
DRAGON SKIN PATTERN:
Row 1 (and all wrong side rows): K2, P26, K2
Row 2: K3, M1 (draw up the bar between stitches 3 and 4 and knit it), SSK, K4, K2TOG, K3, M1, K2, M1, K3, SSK, K4, K2TOG, M1, K3
Row 4: K3, M1, K1, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K4, M1, K2, M1, K4, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K1, M1, K3
Row 6: K3, M1, K2, SSK, K2TOG, K5, M1, K2, M1, K5, SSK, K2TOG, K2, M1, K3
Row 8: K3, M1, K3, SSK, K4, K2TOG, M1, K2, M1, SSK, K4, K2TOG, K3, M1, K3
Row 10: K3, M1, K4, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K4, M1, K3
Row 12: K3, M1, K5, SSK, K2TOG, K2, M1, K2, M1, K2, SSK, K2TOG, K5, M1, K3.
Barbara Walker instructs to M1: pick up the bar between the stitches and knit into the back of it. This twists the new stitch, and makes the increase almost completely invisible.
I found when I did that with this yarn the pattern seemed to disappear somewhat into the knitted fabric, so I just picked up the bar and knitted into the front of it. No twist, so you can see the increases down the centre and sides, and you can also see the subtle relief of the dragon skin pattern.
I think if I were using a smoother yarn I may not have needed to do this, so you can experiment with both techniques and choose the one you like most best. You could even use a yarnover I guess, and get a line of lacey holes. You pick.