Knitting – Using knits and purls to create a pattern
Now that you know what knits and purls are and you’ve tried your hand at creating a seed stitch I thought it would be fun to take a look at another variation. We’re going to be alternating between knits and purls to create a beautiful pattern. I’ve chosen to use the following pattern:
These swatches consist of a multiplication of 5 stitches and 2 edge stitches
Row 1 knit all stitches
Row 2 purl all stitches
Row 3 knit all stitches
Row 4 edge stitch, 1k *3p, 1k* repeat the stitches between *…* and end with an edge stitch
Row 5 knit all stitches
Row 6 purl all stitches
Row 7 knit all stitches
Row 8 edge stitch, 1p *1p, 1k, 2p* repeat the stitches between *…* and end with an edge stitch
Repeat row 1 through 8
Can you see the little dots that have turned up in your swatch? Those of you that have known me for a while now, should know that I have a weak spot for dots and that’s why I love this pattern. It’s a bit like knitting polka dots. Awesome isn’t it?!
Just like in the previous blogs I’ll be talking you through all of our yarns and what they look like in this stitch. And between me and you, I have to say that I didn’t mind doing this at all! They’ve all turned out lovely!
I started knitting with our Must-Have and I never even got through knitting a whole swatch. I was so curious to find out what this stitch would look like in our rougher yarns. What do you think of Urban? It’s great, right?! In this Urban swatch, the knitted stitches really stand out. In the swatch I made using Must-Have, the knitted stitches are tiny little dots and they look more like polka dots than in my Urban swatch.
I immediately thought of a wrap for my little friends baby, the one I spoke about before. Oh, if I only had the time….
Another of our big boys in Fresh. If I’d create this swatch again I would make sure that the knitted stitches on the wrong side are closer together. Now the effect seems to be slightly less than in the other swatches. This could be because it’s just a small swatch for such a chunky yarn though. I reckon that if I created something bigger, say a rug, the pattern would turn out completely different again. I really like the pattern in my Fabulous swatch. I can’t help it but dream up another sweater. Before you know it I would’ve filled a wardrobe Haha! I think I’d create some closefitting and a bit romantic and sweet.
Now let’s take a look at Charming, Super Charming, Epic and Super Must-Have. Comparing these yarns shows us a whole new side of this pattern. The dots are almost invisible in the Charming sisters (look at our little Charming, they’re hardly there!). A subtle texture seems to have formed in the swatch. Gorgeous! In my Epic and Super Must-Have swatches, on the other hand, the dots seems to be ‘popping’ off of the swatch. I really do like them all a lot.
Out of curiosity I also decided to take a look at what a swatch would look like if I knitted the dots closer together. I knitted:
One knitted row
One 1k, 2p, 1k, 2p, etc. row
One knitted row
One 2p, 1k, 2p, 1k, etc. row
It looks slightly more crowded and if you take a really close look at the left swatch, you can see that a whole line of v’s have formed from top to bottom. It’s like a vertical line. So cool!
As you can see, you can use knits and purls to create almost everything. I’ve still got a lot of experimenting to do. I do wonder, however, what would you using with this romantic little pattern?