The Hole Story – Part 3

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I hope you enjoyed the open work of the Lacy Wasp pattern as the second decorative stitch band to our shawl.  As promised, Part Three brings us two new stitch patterns along with some different approaches to making holes in our work.

I have long been an admirer of the Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern.  This lovely lace design comes to us from the renowned Hunter family who developed Shetland lace knitting.  This famous family continues to knit lace shawls for the British royal family to this day.  While I acquired the Hunter name from my husband who is no relation to the knitting clan, I still can’t help but feel a kinship to them.  I have always wanted to incorporate their lace pattern into one of my own designs and The Hole Story brought me that opportunity.  The original Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern is an orderly stack of lace work.  I took the liberty of staggering the rows for the Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter stitch.  The stitches in both versions are executed in the same manner and can be seen in the Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern video.

You will quickly realize that the stitches in the Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter section are somewhat similar to the Star Stitch from Part One.  In today’s pattern, a stitch is slipped and then followed by three knit stitches.  (Remember that a stitch is always slipped as if to purl unless otherwise stated.)  The slipped stitch is then passed over the k3 thus decreasing the stitch count which is noted at the ends of the appropriate rows.  The stitches are restored on the following wrong side row with a yarn over.  This makes for holes larger than those found in the Star Stitch and helps to accommodate our growing semi-circle shape.

Yarn overs can cause plenty of confusion for knitters.  This simple little increase can be executed in several ways.

  • Western-style knitters (working yarn held in right hand) create a yarn over in two different ways.  When the stitch following the yarn over is a knit stitch, bring the working yarn between the needle tips to the front of the work and the yarn over is formed as the next stitch is knit.  If the stitch following the yarn over is a purl stitch, the working yarn must be wrapped over the right hand needle.  See Yarn Over video to review these techniques.
  • Continental-style knitters (working yarn held in left hand) create a yarn over by scooping up the working yarn with the right hand needle.  A yarn over is made is this manner every time with no regard to the stitch following the yarn over.  See Yarn Over (Continental)  video.

To transition from the Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter section to the last decorative stitch, four stitches are increased in Row 143 using the Kfb stitch.  Count carefully to ensure that your shawl has the required 248 stitches.  Of course, I recommend a lifeline to safeguard your beautiful work.

We finish off the last section in Part Three with the Garter Stitch Lace Ladder.  This pattern has a simple two row repeat and is the perfect accompaniment to next week’s border pattern.  The Double Yarn Over contained in the pattern is executed in the same manner as in the Lacy Wasp section.  However, on the wrong side row, the double yarn over is worked by knitting the first yarn over and then purling the second yarn over in each pair.  You may or may not find this easier than the (p1, p1 tbl) used in the Lacy Wasp.  There is a subtle difference in the results and the (k1, p1) works well as it nestles in the garter stitch fabric.  This alternate wrong side approach to the pair is demonstrated in the Double Yarn Over video.

Your first skein will be depleted in the midst of this week’s clue.  I started my second skein on Row 123.  I was fortunate that I ended Row 122 with a 12″ tail so I just started the next row by joining my new skein, but you may not be as lucky.  To use every bit of yarn, your second skein may be joined in the middle of a row.  When joining a new skein mid-row, I prefer to use the Russian Join.  This technique securely joins the yarns, eliminates weaving in the tails and is perfect for lace knitting.  Watch my Russian Join video to use in your shawl or future knitting projects.

Be sure to place a lifeline in your work at the conclusion of Row 152.  We need to preserve your shawl stitches for next week’s beautiful lace border.

At the conclusion of Part Three (Row 152), I had 50g remaining in my second skein.

Some yarn over tips for the Western-style knitters:

  • In Row 120, the LAST yo in the row (before the k2) is worked as a yo before a knit stitch.  Working it as a yo before a purl stitch will create a double yarn over which is incorrect.  Count carefully!
  • In Row 124, ALL of the yarn overs precede a purl stitch and should be worked as such.

Due to the Easter holiday, I will not be online on Sunday, April 20th to spend time with family.  I hope you all have a joyous spring day!  Happy knitting!

Part Three

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k2tog – knit two together.  See K2tog Video

sl – slip.  See Slip Stitch Video

ssk – slip next stitch as if to knit, slip next stitch as if to knit, insert left needle into the front of these two slipped stitches from left to right and knit together.  See SSK Video

yo – yarn over.  See Yarn Over Video

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 Mrs. Knit Purl Hunter

See Mrs. Hunter’s Pattern video

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109.  Knit.

110. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

111.  K2, *sl 1, k3, pass slip stitch over 3 knit sts; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.  (184 sts)

112.  K2, *p3, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.  (244 sts)

113.  Knit.

114. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

115.  K4, *sl 1, k3, pass slip stitch over 3 knit sts; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.  (185 sts)

116.  K2, p2, *p3, yo; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2.  (244 sts)

117 – 124.  Same as Rows 109 -116.

125 – 132.  Same as Rows 109 – 116.

133 – 140.  Same as Rows 109 – 116.

141.  Knit.

142.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

143.  K2, kfb twice, knit to last 4 sts, kfb twice, k2.  (248 sts)

144.  Knit.

Garter Stitch Lace Ladder

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145.  K2, *k2tog, yo twice, ssk; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.

146.  K2, *k1, (k1, p1) into double yo, k1; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.

147 – 148.  Same as Rows 145-146.

149 – 150.  Same as Rows 145-146.

151 – 152.  Same as Rows 145-146.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hole Story – Part 2

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With the completion of Part One, the semi-circle shape of our shawl is emerging.  Place a lifeline in your shawl to preserve your work as we move on to a new stitch pattern.

Part Two features the Lacy Wasp stitch which derives its beauty from flanking decreases separated by a double yarn over.  The Double Yarn Over, also know as yo twice, creates two extra strands on the needles.  When these two strands are worked on the following row, a hole substantially larger than a single yarn over is formed.  These larger holes make for gorgeous openwork and aid in preserving our growing semi-circle.

For Continental knitters, a double yarn over is made by simply scooping up the working yarn twice, placing two strands on the right hand needle, and then proceeding with the next stitch.

For Western-style knitters, a double yarn over’s execution is determined by the stitches surrounding it.  When a double yarn over is between knit stitches, the working yarn is brought between the needles to the purl position, taken over the top of the right hand needle and then under the needle to the front returning the yarn to the purl position.  One strand has been placed on the right hand needle.  Keep the working yarn in front as the next stitch is knit to form the second strand in the double yarn over.  A K2tog and SSK are considered to be knit stitches and are treated as such in the execution of a double yarn over.

On the row following a double yarn over, the two new strands must each be worked in different stitches to preserve them.  In the Lacy Wasp, the first yarn over in the pair is purled and the second yarn over is purled through the back loop.  See Purl Through the Back Loop video.

A complete lesson on double yarn overs for both styles of knitters is found in my Double Yarn Over (yo twice) video.

A few tips as you work through Part Two:

  • The stitch count (124 sts) remains constant throughout Rows 61-92.
  • Row 63 begins with a single yarn over and ends with a single yarn over.
  • Stitches are increased to 244 sts in Row 101.  Count carefully!

Part Two

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k2tog – knit two together.  See K2tog Video

ssk – slip next stitch as if to knit, slip next stitch as if to knit, insert left needle into the front of these two slipped stitches from left to right and knit together.   See SSK Video

yo – yarn over.  See Yarn Over Video

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Lacy Wasp

See Double Yarn Over (yo twice) Video and Purl Through the Back Loop Video

Worked over 124 sts.

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61.  Knit.

62.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

63.  K2, yo, *ssk, k2tog, yo twice; repeat from * to last 6 sts, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2.

64.  K2, purl (in double yo – purl 1st st, purl 2nd st through the back loop) to last 2 sts, k2.

65.  Knit.

66.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

67.  K2, *k2tog, yo twice, ssk; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.

68.  K2, purl (in double yo – purl 1st st, purl 2nd st through the back loop) to last 2 sts, k2.

 

69 – 76.  Same as Rows 61 – 68.

77 – 84.  Same as Rows 61 – 68.

85 – 92.  Same as Rows 61 – 68.

 

93.  Knit.

94.  Knit.

95.  Knit.

96.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

97.  Knit.

98.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

99.  Knit.

100.  Knit.

101.  K2, *k1, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.  (244 sts)

102.  Knit.

103.  Knit.

104.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

105.  Knit.

106. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

107.  Knit.

108.  Knit.

My first skein of yarn weighed 24g after completing Part Two.

Next week brings us two new stitch patterns!

 

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The Hole Story – Part 1

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Welcome to the April 2014 installment of the Progressive Needles Knit Along sponsored by Skacel Collection.  It is wonderful to have so many knitters return to the quarterly KAL and join our first-timers for the debut of the fabulous new yarn, Rylie.  The Hole Story is a beautiful lace shawl that explores the many wonderful ways to make purposeful holes in your knitting.  Before we begin, here’s a quick overview of how the KAL works:

  • A portion of the pattern is revealed here every Thursday in April.  The complete pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post.  An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
  • All techniques are supported with video instruction at knitpurlhunter.com
  • All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  It’s like having  your own private knitting tutor!
  • Projects completed by May 31 (extended deadline) are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks!  See skacelknitting.com for all the info.

Prior to knitting the shawl, it is very important to achieve an accurate gauge.  My gauge, unblocked, is 21 sts = 4 inches in stockinette.  While gauge is not crucial to the size of the garment in a shawl, it is essential to the yardage.  A looser gauge (fewer stitches per inch) will use more yarn and may run the risk of a yarn shortage.  My finished shawl left me with 52 yards/19g of Rylie remaining which is ample in my gauge.  Please take the time to work a gauge swatch to allow enough yarn to complete the shawl.  If you are new to gauge swatches, watch my Gauge video to accurately assess your stitches.  I will further assist you by providing my yarn weight at the end of each section to help evaluate your yarn consumption.

The Hole Story focuses on different ways to make holes in your knitting – known as lace knitting.  Each technique will grow your confidence as you gain a better understanding of yarn overs, increases and decreases.

We begin the shawl with a garter stitch tab.  This foundation row of stitches allows a shawl to be worked from the top down while establishing a flat-lying and consistent edge.  You will be amazed at the ease of this technique as demonstrated in the Garter Stitch Tab video.

With the tab complete, our semi-circle shawl takes shape with yarn over increases placed at regulated intervals.  In a yarn over, the yarn is passed over the right hand needle before making the next stitch, putting an extra strand on the needle between stitches.  When this strand is worked on the subsequent row, an extra stitch and hole are made.  For Western-style knitters (working yarn held in right hand), a yarn over between two knit stitches is made by bringing the working yarn between the needles to the front of the work before knitting the next stitch.  Continental knitters (working yarn held in left hand) create a yarn over by scooping up the working yarn with the right hand needle.  See Yarn Over and Yarn Over (Continental) videos.  Stitch counts are given at the end of each row when the count changes.  I encourage you to count your stitches at these points before moving to subsequent rows.

The first decorative stitch used in the shawl is the Star Stitch.  I am a huge fan of this delightful little pattern and also featured the two-color version in my Building in Color book.  I love its crochet-like appearance and the accompanying increase that creates a hole without utilizing a yarn over.  In the Star Stitch, the right side rows decrease stitches by passing one knit stitch over two stitches much in the same manner as a PSSO or bind off stitch.  See Star Stitch video.  Again, I recommend counting the stitches on the needle to verify that the correct number of stitches are on the needle.

To complete the Star Stitch, the original stitch count is restored with the Make One Purl increase.  This stitch is a wrong side version of the Make One stitch and may be executed in several ways.  The Make One Purl may be a right or left leaning stitch or its third type, as used here, creates a decorative hole.  See the Make One Purl video to learn all three versions and their applications.  Please note that the version used in this pattern is the third stitch demonstrated in the video.  I will also stress that counting the stitches after the Make One Purl rows is a great idea to prevent extra or missing stitches.  As a reward for your efforts, I am including a photo of the Star Stitch in the pattern so you can compare it to your own handiwork.

Row 53 contains the last increase row in Part One.  Count your stitches carefully at the end of the row to set up the shawl correctly for Part Two.

With all the emphasis on stitch counting and preventing errors, the best advice is to place Lifelines in your work to preserve the careful knitting.  Lifelines are every lace knitter’s best friend and will save your sanity and your stitches.  I like to place a lifeline at the successful end of a section to safeguard my work.  See the Lifelines video to learn the placement of this handy piece of waste yarn.

My grandma always says, “If it is perfect then it was knit on a machine!” because even the most careful knitting will produce errors.  Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with videos to help with those pesky booboos.  Forgetting a yarn over in a row doesn’t require the row to be re-worked.  Try the Yarn Over – Afterthought video to quickly replace the missing yarn over with no backtracking needed.  Should a yarn over unravel down several rows, pick it back up expertly with the Yarn Over – Fixing a Dropped Yarn Over video.

Next week brings a gorgeous stitch pattern containing a “hole” lot of fun.  Happy knitting!

 

 Part One

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  • Rylie by HiKoo (50%Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk, 25% Linen; 274 yds/100g), 2 skeins
  • Size US #7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle

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21 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette unblocked.

20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette after wet blocking.

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After blocking, approximately 50” along top edge and 23” deep at center point.

Prior to blocking, approximately 47” X 20”.

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M1P (Make One Purl) – with left needle tip, lift strand between needles from front to back.  Purl the lifted strand through the front loop.  See Make One Purl Video

**Please note that the Make One Purl stitch used in this pattern is the 3rd option in the video.

yo – yarn over.  See Yarn Over Video

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Pattern Notes

  • Stitch count is given after each row when the stitch count changes.

Cast On

See Garter Stitch Tab Video

Cast on 2 stitches using long tail cast on.

Knit for 14 rows.

Pick up and knit 7 stitches along the long end (one in each ridge).

Pick up and knit 2 stitches along cast on edge.

11 stitches are now on the needle.

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Taking Shape

1.(RS) Knit.

2.  Knit.

3.  K2, yo, *k1, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.  (19 sts)

4.  Knit.

5.  Knit.

6.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

7.  Knit.

8.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

9.  Knit.

10.  Knit.

11.  K2, *k1, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. (34 sts)

12.  Knit.

13.  Knit.

14. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

15.  Knit.

16.  Knit.

17.  Knit.

18. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

19.  Knit.

20.  Knit.

21.  K2, *k1, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.  (64 sts)

22.  Knit.

23.  Knit.

24.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

25.  Knit.

26.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

27.  Knit.

28.  Knit.

Star Stitch

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29.  K3, *k3, pass 1st of these knit stitches over 2nd and 3rd stitches and off right hand needle; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.  (45 sts)

30.  K2, p2, *M1P, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2.  (64 sts)

31.  K4, *k3, pass 1st of these knit stitches over 2nd and 3rd stitches and off right hand needle; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.  (45 sts)

32.  K2, p1, *p2, M1P; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2.  (64 sts)

 

33 – 36.  Same as Rows 29-32.

37 – 40.  Same as Rows 29-32.

41 – 44.  Same as Rows 29-32.

 

45.  Knit.

46.  Knit.

47.  Knit.

48.  K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

49.  Knit.

50. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

51.  Knit.

52.  Knit.

53.  K2, *k1, yo, repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.  (124 sts)

54.  Knit.

55.  Knit.

56. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

57.  Knit.

58. K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

59.  Knit.

60.  Knit.

See you next week for more holes!

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The Hole Story – April KAL

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Knit a gorgeous shawl with me featuring the brand new yarn from HiKoo – Rylie.  This luxurious yarn is is a blend of baby alpaca, mulberry silk and linen.  It is soft and strong with a lovely hand and is available in a variety of beautiful colors.  You won’t want to miss the new stitches and techniques as well as this exceptional yarn!

Return here April 3rd at 9am EST for the first clue!

Materials

  • Rylie by HiKoo (50% baby alpaca, 25% mulberry silk, 25% linen), 2 skeins.
  • US #7 32″ needles or size needed to obtain desired gauge.

Gauge after blocking – approx. 20 sts = 4″ in stockinette.

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Focus Pocus – Revealed!

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Download your free copy of the entire pattern!   Available in my website’s Pattern Store or on Ravelry.

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