Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Scoop, Slip, Double Wrap

This is another original pattern stitch. I named it for the motions on the patterning row (shown in the diagrams below). It is a garter stitch-based fabric, so it lays flat.

So far, I've only tried it out in a worsted-weight wool (9 WPI) on Size 5 (3.75 mm) needles. Right off the needles, it's a nice, squishy fabric with lots of stretch. The swatch in the photos has been stretched somewhat in blocking, but not to its full capacity by any means.

I have to say that I like the texture of the back a little better than the front. The double-strand bumps, resulting from knitting a stitch together with the purl head below it, add interest to the ridges.

Scoop, Slip, Double Wrap
Loosely cast on any number of stitches.

Preparation row (RS):  K every st wrapping yarn twice.
Row 1 (WS): K every st dropping the second wrap.
Row 2: For every st, with the right needle, scoop up the head of the next stitch in the row below from the top, sl k-wise the actual st from the left needle, insert the left needle into the 2 loops (as for SSK), and knit them tog wrapping the needle twice.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern. On the final repeat, work Row 2 with single wraps. Bind off very loosely, in WS pattern, stretching the edge as you go.