Here I am again, finally…I have true admiration for the consistent and regular blogger!
The Textile Museum Yardage Sale was such a great time, though I managed to come away with little yarn. That’s probably a good thing, since I haven’t knit everything I bought last year!
I did, however, get a new knitting bag! This one is in a lovely deep rose woven textile. It is perfect for taking my knitting to the park for an afternoon sit ‘n knit.
I have been inspired by woven textures lately. It started with some yarn I bought at this year’s DKC knitter’s Frolic; beautiful local wool in three natural tones from the Stoddart family farm.(www.stoddart.ca) This sport weight is undyed- it is of excellent quality: very smooth ply with a lovely sheen. It is much softer than alot of “farm wool” I have come across, but has that same great ‘sticky’ quality, which makes stitches pop. I really hope to get more of this yarn!
I wanted to find a way to use all three colours together. I started a tip- to – tip shawl in a tricolour woven stitch. The garter stitch band along the bottom will be unravelled at the end to produce a fringe- What fun! Unfortunately, I don’t think I have enough yarn for even a small shawl. I look forward to buying even more of this lovely local yarn !
The tricolor fabric stitch is quite an amazing thing- like its cousin, the linen stitch, it truly looks more like weaving than knitting. That’s because every second stitch is slipped with the yarn in front, making a firm and detailed fabric.
Here’s how to do it:
You need 3 yarns (color A,B, and C) of very contrasted or complimentary colours, depending on the effect you want. My choices are muted, so it gives a tweedy natural look . Four ply to DK weight are ideal as they produce a medium weight fabric. Use a needle size slightly larger that suggested on your yarn ( my yarn is a sportweight, so I used a 4mm).
Tricolor Fabric Stitch:
Cast on an odd number of stitches with colour A and purl one row.
Row 1 (RS): With B, k1, *slip 1st with yarn in front, knit one; repeat from * to 1 st remain, k1
Row 2 (WS): With C, k1, p1, *slip 1 st with yarn in back, p1; repeat from * to 1 st remain, k1
Row 3: With A, repeat row 1
Row 4: With B, repeat row 2
Row 5: With C, repeat row 1
Row 6: With A, repeat row 2
This stitch, in cotton linen yarns, would make lovely placemats ! It would also be good for mittens or even a tailored jacket.
You don’t need to use more than one colour or any fancy stitches to get a woven look. Case in point, my latest sample knit for Americo Original. Shown here is the current sample, but I am re-knitting it for the winter season. Claire’s Waffle Stitch Swing Jacket (current name) is worked in a knit/ purl pattern that is made dense and sturdy by using two strands of Aran (50% wool, 50% llama) held together. The yarn really makes the woven texture pop! This is a great example of how yarn and stitch choice are important to the overall look and structure of a garment. Side note: Sturdy yarns such as Americo Original Aran may not be next- to-the-skin soft, but they make outerwear garments that will last HUNDREDS of years. Knit today, have your ancestors wear it for centuries to come!