Corn Stalks Stitch
Around my neck of the woods, seeing acres upon acres of neatly lined rows of tall stalks of corn is not a unique thing. I thought it would be wonderful to recreate those quintessential scenes of fall onto this month’s Stitchology square. Utilizing a combination of cables and ribbing, this stitch is full of texture as well as stretch, and the resulting fabric is almost identical from the front to the back!
In this monthly column we’re going to be working on some exciting new stitch patterns, as well as a few new techniques thrown in for good measure. My intention for our yarn play is to provide all the know-how for you to be able to work the new stitch; any charts, photos, or videos you may need; as well as a pattern to create an 8” x 8” square. As we go along in our looming journey, we should be able to create lovely pieced afghans with our squares, as I like to know that we’re going somewhere while swatching, don’t you? You can think of it as our Stitch Sample Afghan—a stitch dictionary right at your fingertips, keeping your legs warm, lol. ;) To find all the previous stitches in this column, simply click here.
Corn Stalks Square
Loom: Authentic Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom: 2 rounded pieces + 3 peg connectors, with pegs in all holes for a 3/8” gauge. The Sock Loom 2 or the All-n-One Loom could also be used.
Yarn: approx. 75 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Berroco Vintage in mellow)
Notions: Loom tool, cable needle, yarn needle, scissors. (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, and blocking pins)
To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 6—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.
For flat pieces of a greater size, simply increase the number of Repeating Pattern Rows inside the garter stitch edges for the length and width required, then complete with the Finishing Rows. The border edges may need to also be increased to coordinate with the number of increased Repeating Pattern Rows.
When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.
The cables in this pattern involve trading the loops of 4 pegs in the correct order. They are all worked exactly the same—as right cross cables (a twist with the sts running to the right) with both knit and purl stitches combined. They are worked as follows:
*Note: It helps to knit the row before the cable row just a tad looser than normal to aid the cable stitches in stretching to their new places.
[4st-rc/pk]: Worked over 4 pegs, from right to left (4, 3, 2, 1):
- Lift the loops from the first 2 pegs of the cable (1 & 2) and place them on the cable needle.
- Bring your working yarn behind pegs 1 & 2 and purl the stitch on peg 3.
- Move this stitch (peg 3) over to peg 1 of the cable pegs. Pull out any slack in the yarn.
- Bring your working yarn behind pegs 2 & 3 and purl the stitch on peg 4.
- Move this stitch (peg 4) over to peg 2 of the cable pegs. Pull out any slack in the yarn.
- Lift the first stitch from the cable needle that was previously on peg 1 and move it to peg 3. Knit this stitch.
- Lift the second stitch from the cable needle that was previously on peg 2 and move it to peg 4. Knit this stitch.
- Pull out any slack that may be left in the 4 cable stitches.
Repeating Pattern Rows
Here are the Repeating Pattern Rows for the stitch itself, based on the chart above:
Rows 1-4: repeat the following two row pattern:
a: p3, k3.
b: k3, p3.
Row 5: p1, 4st-rc/pk, k1.
Row 6: k3, p3.
Here is the entire pattern chart for the 8” x 8” square:
Everything you need to know about knitting your square is included in the above chart. Believe it or not, you can actually create your square without looking at another thing! For help with reading charts, please see the Stitchology I post for a detailed explanation, and you’ll be ready to go!
But, don’t worry…I am also providing you with the step by step instructions below. ;)
Step by Step Instructions:
Cast onto your loom from left to right, using a total of 40 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)
Set Up Rows
Row 1: p40.
Row 2: k40.
Row 3: p40.
Row 4-8: repeat the following two row pattern:
a: k2, *p3, k3, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
b: p2, *k3, p3, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 9: p2, *p1, 4st-rc/pk, k1, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Rows 10-57: Repeat Rows 4-9.
Row 58: p40.
Row 59: k40.
Row 60: p40.
Bind off all stitches loosely. (Sample uses the Basic Bind Off) Weave in ends and trim close to work.
Block to an 8” x 8” measurement.
If you are intending this square to be part of an afghan, you may wish to make up to 3 or 4 additional squares. We will be sharing at least 24 of these patterns for you to use in your blanket. Use the following general measurements to decide how many of each of the 8″ x 8″ squares you will need, rounding up as necessary:
- Baby Blanket: 30″ x 36″
- Children: 42″ x 48″
- Lapghan: 36″ x 48″
- Twin Bed Afghan: 60″ x 85″
- Queen Bed Afghan: 90″ x 95″
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a note for Bethany Dailey below in the comments! :)
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It’s that time of year again…Autumn! When the leaves start falling and the weather gets crisp, my mind always goes to those wonderfully festive orange-hued gourds that come in so many shapes and sizes: Pumpkins! Autumn just couldn’t be celebrated without displaying pumpkins in some way, which is why it’s the perfect time to introduce you to my newest project: Pumpkin Patch Placemats! These beauties are worked up on the Zippy Loom, so they’re super fast to complete.
You’ll have two pumpkin shapes to choose from; Version One as viewed from the top, and Version Two as viewed from the side. Version One will be a wonderful decorative accent at the center of the table; or make two of them, stitch back to back, add a little stuffing and you’ve got a pumpkin pillow! Version Two will be perfect for setting a festive fall table.
Knitting loom: 2-5 Zippy Looms and connectors (2 looms for Version One, 5 for Version Two).
Yarn: Wool Ease Thick & Quick (108 yrds per skein), super bulky #6 weight: ½ skein for pumpkin (in color: pumpkin) and 1/5 skein for stem/leaf (in color: cilantro)
Notions: loom tool, 6.5mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc), scissors, yarn needle, row counter.
Version One: 2.75 stitches and 5.5 rows per 2”
Version Two: 3.25 stitches and 6.5 rows per 2″
Finished Pumpkin Measurements:
Version One: 12.5” x 12.5″
Version Two: 12” x 12″ with an added 2.5″ for stem
Skills Needed: U-Stitch, E-wrap, Purl, Slip, Knit 2 Together, Slip Slip Knit, Wrap & Turn, Half Hitch CO (or CO of your choice), and Basic BO.
CO: cast on
HHCO: half hitch cast on
S1: slip one stitch (do not knit it, carry working yarn behind peg)
EW: E-wrap and knit off, unless pattern instructs to not knit off
K: knit (pattern uses U-stitch)
P: purl stitch
KO: knit off
WY: working yarn
W&T: wrap & turn (Remove the loop from the peg and hold it. With working yarn, simply wrap around the peg, then place the loop back on the peg.)
BO: Bind off
As this is working with very large pegs, knit with a snug (yet not too tight) tension throughout. Using the U-stitch as knits helps achieve a fabric that is not too holey for your finished placemats.
A chart is provided as a visual aid in creating Version Two pumpkin. Step by step instructions are also provided.
Video Tutorials and Web Tools:
Working with the Half Hitch: https://youtu.be/a8aWyT4sc4w
Working a Wrap & Turn: https://youtu.be/5e3J0fuYz-U (shown at 2:20 in tutorial)
Version One: Top View
Connect two Zippy looms together for a total of 8 pegs. CO to all 8 pegs.
You will be creating a series of 8 short row wedges.
Step 1: S1, K1, W&T peg 3.
Step 2: K2 back to peg 1.
Step 3: S1, K2 (KO 2 over 1 on peg with 2 loops), W&T peg 4.
Step 4: K3 back to peg 1.
Step 6: K4 back to peg 1.
Step 7: S1, K4 (KO 2 over 1 on peg with 2 loops), W&T peg 6.
Step 8: K5 back to peg 1.
Step 9: S1, K5 (KO 2 over 1 on peg with 2 loops), W&T peg 7.
Step 10: K6 back to peg 1.
Step 11: S1, K6 (KO 2 over 1 on peg with 2 loops), W&T peg 8.
Step 12: K7 back to peg 1.
Step 13: S1, P7 (on 8th peg purl 2 sts as one).
Step 14: S1, P7 back to peg 1.
Repeat Steps 1-14 seven more times to create a total of 8 wedges– except on Step 14 of 8th wedge.
Step 14 of 8th Wedge: This will be the BO row. Use the BBO, but purl all sts, rather than knitting them as follows:
- Slip peg 8, purl peg 7,
- Move loop from peg 7 to peg 8, KO,
- Move loop back to peg 7,
- Purl peg 6,
- Move loop from peg 6 to peg 7, KO,
- Move loop back to peg 6…
- Repeat steps until last loop has been bound off,
- Trim to 15” and pull through last loop.
Using yarn tail, seam up BO and CO edges toward the center of pumpkin. Gather the loose stitches at the inside of the pumpkin and cinch tightly. Knot and trim.
To achieve a flat and uniform shape, block lightly.
Proceed to Stem and Leaf instructions.
Version Two: Side View
*Note: Chart is provided as a visual aid in creating this pumpkin. Step by step instructions are also provided below.
Connect five Zippy looms together for a total of 20 pegs. CO to pegs 15 to 5 in a left to right direction.
Row 1: S1, K10.
Row 2: HHCO to peg 16, slip this peg, P10, K1.
Row 3: HHCO to peg 4, slip this peg, K12.
Row 4: HHCO to peg 17, slip this peg, P1, K2, S1, K4, S1, K2, P1, K1.
Row 5: HHCO to peg 3, slip this peg, K14.
Row 6: HHCO to peg 18, slip this peg, P1, K3, S1, K4, S1, K3, P1, K1.
Row 7: HHCO to peg 2, slip this peg, K16.
Row 8: HHCO to peg 19, slip this peg, P1, S1, K3, S1, K4, S1, K3, S1, P1, K1.
Row 9: HHCO to peg 1, slip this peg, K18.
Row 11: S1, K19.
Rows 12-29: Repeat Rows 10 & 11.
Row 30: (Prepare for SSK at end of row by moving the loop on peg 1 to peg 2), S1, P1, K1, S1, K3, S1, K4, S1, K3, S1, P1, SSK (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 2).
Row 31: (Prepare for K2tog at end of row by moving the loop on peg 20 to peg 19), S1, K16, K2tog (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 19).
Row 32: S1, P1, S1, K3, S1, K4, S1, K3, P1, SSK (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 3).
Row 33: S1, K14, K2tog (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 18).
Row 34: S1, P1, K3, S1, K4, S1, K2, P1, SSK (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 4).
Row 35: S1, K12, K2tog (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 17).
Row 36: S1, P1, K2, S1, K4, S1, K1, P1, SSK (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 5).
Row 37: S1, K10, K2tog (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 16).
Row 38: S1, P9, SSK (KO 2 loops as 1 on peg 6).
BBO remaining 11 sts.
To create a flat and more uniform shape, manually tighten loose loops of CO, and block lightly.
Proceed to Stem and Leaf instructions.
CO to 3 pegs of one Zippy loom, leaving a 10” tail for seaming later.
Rows 1-10: Repeat 2 row pattern-
a: S1, K2.
b: S1, P1, K1.
BBO all 3 sts. Use CO tail to seam onto desired place on pumpkin. Weave in ends and trim.
Connect two Zippy looms together for a total of 8 pegs. CO to 5 pegs, leaving a 10” tail for seaming later.
Rows 1-6: Repeat 2 row pattern-
a: S1, K4.
b: S1, P3, K1.
Row 7: Working on only peg 1, EW and KO twice, K4 (pegs 2-5).
Row 8: Working on only peg 5, EW and KO twice, P3, K1 (pegs 4-1).
Row 9: Move both end loops in one peg. K3 (KO 2 loops as 1 on each end).
Row 10: S1, P1, K1.
Row 11: Working only on peg 1, EW and KO twice, K2 (pegs 2 & 3).
Row 12: Working only on peg 3, EW and KO twice, P1, K1 (pegs 2 & 1).
Row 13: Move both end loops to center peg, K1 (KO 3 loops as 1). EW & KO 3 times more. Trim yarn and pull through loop. Cinch.
Work 2 overhand knots at the last st and trim at one inch from knot.
To shape leaf, pull the places where extra EW’s were worked to create little points.
Using the CO tail, thread through CO sts and gather in to create a rounded leave base. Stitch leaf onto place on pumpkin.
The sample pumpkins show the leaf stitched to the pumpkin only at the base, which allows for more 3-D positioning.
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