This month’s stitch creates a lacy, yet still plush design that is reminiscent of cresting waves upon ocean beaches, seashells, or even fish scales (holey mackerel, lol!). It uses a new technique of wrapping back and forth between two pegs at a time to achieve this lovely effect. Feel free to use this stitch for pretty much any type of project, as it is beautiful when viewed from either side.
We have changed the format just a little bit for our Stitchology Column. Each of the featured stitches will be explained row by row via both written and video instructions. We will be focusing on highlighting the repeating stitch pattern itself, so that you can enjoy the freedom of putting these new stitch patterns to use in your own projects as creativity strikes. We hope you will enjoy this new way of learning new stitches with us! 🙂
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Special Stitch Instructions
When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.
The “triple wrap around” (TWA) referred to in this pattern is a combination of techniques worked on just two pegs, moving back and forth between them in the following manner (instructions are to begin from right to left/clockwise):
Step 1: S2 (carry working yarn (WY) behind pegs 1 & 2)
Step 2: Bring WY around to the front of peg 2 and SWYF (slip stitch with working yarn in front of peg: see below for more info) on peg 2 and on peg 1.
Step 3: Bring WY behind peg 1 and 2 and around to the front of the peg 2. SWYF again on peg 2.
Step 4: Bring WY between peg 2 and peg 1 and around to the front of peg 1, creating an E-wrap.
Step 5: KO peg 1. K peg 2.
(SWYF) directly translates to: Slip With Working Yarn in Front. This simply means that this peg will not be worked, but will have the working yarn (WY) carried to the front of the work. To do this, simply remove the loop already on the peg, slip the WY in front of the work and behind the peg, then replace the held loop back onto the peg.
*Note: another easy way to work a SWYF is to begin to work a purl stitch, but instead of lifting the original loop off the peg and placing the new loop on the peg as you do when purling, simply KO the new loop, leaving the original one in place. Pull gently to free the WY, which will now be between the peg and the front of the work.
Chart for Repeating Pattern Rows
*Note: The stitches in the chart that are bordered with darker lines are the Repeating Pattern Rows/Stitches.
When working a Flat Panel, the stitches outside the border square are worked only once: at the end of the odd rows, after all the repeats of the Repeating Pattern Rows are completed and at the beginning of the even rows, before the Repeating Pattern Rows are worked and repeated.
When working in the Round, only repeat the 4 stitches of the Repeating Pattern Rows within the border…the stitches outside the border squares are not worked at all. Make sure to simply read each row from right to left and work in a clockwise direction.
Repeating Pattern Rows for working as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a number divisible by 4, plus 2 extra stitches at the end. Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):
Row 1: *k2, TWA, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: k all sts.
Row 3: *TWA, k2, rep from * to last 2 sts, TWA.
Row 4: k all sts.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until desired length.
Repeating Pattern for working in the round (Begin from right to left/clockwise, cast on a number divisible by 4):
Round 1: *k2, TWA, rep from * to end.
Round 2: k all sts.
Round 3: *TWA, k2, rep from * to end.
Round 4: k all sts.
Repeat Rounds 1-4 until desired length.
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