I trust you are having a grand time knitting Triplicity and enjoying the softness of Simplicity yarn. Pictured above is Part One off of the needles and safely secured with a lifeline. I thought you would enjoy seeing the triangular shape we are creating.
Part Two introduces the Knot Stitch. This easy to execute texture stitch adds an interesting depth to the shawlette. While a Knot Stitch combines a purl two together with a knit two together, it does not alter the stitch count. Check out the “Knot Stitch” Video to master this simple texture stitch.
As our shawlette grows in size our stitch count becomes larger, too. It can be quite time consuming to count every stitch after every row. My favorite trick to help with counting is to add additional “counting” markers to section off groups of stitches. For easy viewing, use markers in a color different than the original four markers that indicate where to increase. Use the counting markers to section off a large number of stitches in between the increase markers. Because this section is in between the increases, this stitch count will remain constant. Now you will only need to count the stitches outside of your counting markers to verify the correct number of stitches after each row.
The picture below illustrates this tip. (I have used a smaller shawl for demonstration.) The green markers are my four original markers indicating where to increase. The pink markers are sectioning off two groups of 30 stitches each between the original markers. To verify the number of stitches in this row I only need to count the stitches outside of the pink markers – there are 19. I add these 19 stitches to the 60 stitches (2 groups of 30) I have sectioned in the pink markers to tell me that there are 79 stitches in this row. I was able to get an accurate count without counting each and every stitch! As the shawlette widens, you may want to move the counting markers to encompass larger numbers of stitches to keep your counting to a minimum.
At the end of Part One in Triplicity, there are 107 stitches in our shawlette. Section off two groups of 50 stitches in between the increase markers. You will have 7 stitches outside of these counting markers. After working the first row of today’s clue, you will have 111 stitches. Eleven of these stitches are outside of our new counting markers – these are the only stitches you needed to count!
KT (knot stitch) – purl 2 stitches together and leave on left hand needle, knit together the same 2 stitches removing them from the left hand needle. See “Knot Stitch” Video
Section 4. Knot Stitch – 14 rows
Row 29. K2, SM, M1L, knit to 2nd marker, M1R, SM, k1, SM, M1L, knit to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2. (111 sts)
Row 30. K2, SM, M1L, knit to 2nd marker, SM, k1, SM, knit to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2. (113 sts)
Row 31. Same as Row 29. (117 sts)
Row 32. K2, SM, M1L, *KT; repeat from * to 2nd marker, SM, k1, SM, **KT; repeat from ** to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2. (119 sts)
Row 33. Same as Row 29. (123 sts)
Row 34. K2, SM, M1L, *KT; repeat from * to 1 st before 2nd marker, k1, SM, k1, SM, k1, **KT; repeat from ** to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2. (125 sts)
Row 35. Same as Row 29. (129 sts)
Row 36. Same as Row 30. (131 sts)
Row 37. Same as Row 29. (135 sts)
Row 38. Same as Row 34. (137 sts)
Row 39. Same as Row 29. (141 sts)
Row 40. Same as Row 32. (143 sts)
Row 41. Same as Row 29. (147 sts)
Row 42. Same as Row 30. (149 sts)
Section 5. Stockinette – 8 rows
Row 43. K2, SM, M1L, knit to 2nd marker, M1R, SM, k1, SM, M1L, knit to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2. (153 sts)
Row 44. K2, SM, M1L, purl to 2nd marker, SM, k1, SM, purl to 4th marker, M1R, SM, k2. (155 sts)
Row 45. Same as Row 43. (159 sts)
Row 46. Same as Row 44. (161 sts)
Row 47. Same as Row 43. (165 sts)
Row 48. Same as Row 44. (167 sts)
Row 49. Same as Row 43. (171 sts)
Row 50. Same as Row 44. (173 sts)
Next week brings our 3rd texture stitch.
I will be at Stitches East in Hartford, CT next week! Due to my travel schedule, Triplicity Part 3 will be released one day early on Wednesday, October 19th.