Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Tunisian Bobbles



Tunisian Bobble Stitch produces a fabric that looks equally good on both sides. It is worked on a Tunisian/Afghan hook which looks like a knitting needle with a hook instead of a point on the one end and a stopper on the other. These hooks come in different sizes for use with different yarn weights. For the sample here, I worked each row in a different colour.

You will need:
Yarn in various colours – I used ColourSpun Kid Mohair available from www.colourspun.com
1 x 8mm Tunisian hook

Notes

1. Each row of Tunisian crochet is worked in 2 parts – a cast on row and a cast off row and unlike other forms of crochet, the work is never turned so you will always have the same side facing you.
2. The 1st stitch of every cast on row is always worked into the 2nd vertical bar of the previous cast on row (your final loop of the previous cast off row is in the 1st vertical bar)
3. Every piece of Tunisian crochet starts with a crochet foundation chain, followed by a foundation row. This is always the same.
Foundation Row
Cast on row: Insert hook into the second chain from the hook, *wrap the yarn (from back to front) over the hook and pull through leaving the new loop on the hook; insert the hook into the next chain* repeat from *to* to end
Cast off row: wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first loop on the hook;* wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook* repeat from *to* until there is only one loop left on the hook.
4. Unless stated differently in the pattern, the closing/cast off part of every row is the same – see the instructions above for cast off
5. The final row of your work will be a cast on row worked in the same stitch as the piece you have made, (for this sample it will be in TKS) but instead of keeping each loop on the hook it will be drawn through the previous loop, leaving only 1 loop on the hook after each stitch is worked.
Final Row
Insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through 1 loop on hook.
6. TKS Tunisian Knit Stitch
Insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through leaving the new loop on the hook, repeat for each TKS
7. TDS Tunisian Double Stitch
Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops on hook
8. TBS Tunisian Bobble Stitch
Work 3 TDS into the same vertical bar, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 3 loops on hook


Instructions
Start with a crochet foundation chain of a multiple of 4 + 5 chain
Work a foundation row
Row 1: TKS; TBS; (3TKS; TBS) to last 2 stitches, 2TKS; close.
Row 2: TKS to end; close
Row 3: (3TKS; TBS) to last 4 stitches, 4TKS; close
Row 4: TKS to end; close
Repeat rows 1 – 4 for pattern.
End with final row.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Mitred Square



This is the most basic square used in modular knitting. Each square shape is knit by casting on an odd number of stitches then decreasing 2 stitches in the middle of every 2nd (wrong side) row until you run out of stitches.
The size of each square is determined by the number of stitches cast on (and/or picked up) in the beginning. This will always be an odd number of stitches as follows: X +1 + X.
Squares can be knit individually and then stitched together or knit onto each other by picking up X number of stitches and then casting on X + 1

You will need
Yarn of your choice – I used Regia Hand-dye Effect
Knitting needles to suit your yarn

Abbreviations
c/on cast on
c/off cast off
st/s stitch/es
dec. Decrease – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
p/up pick up

Instructions

Note Always knit the first stitch of every row through the back of the loop and slip the last stitch purl wise.

For this example X = 20

Row 1: C/on or p/up 41 sts
Row 2: (WS) Work 19 sts; dec.; work 19 sts - 39 sts
Row 3: Work straight
Row4: Work 18 sts; dec.; work 18 sts – 37 sts
Row 5: Work straight
Row6: Work 17 sts; dec.; work 17 sts – 35 sts
Continue pattern as set until 1 st remains, end off.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Mock Cable


This is a great way to add a cable effect to your knitting without using a cable needle, which makes it quick and easy too.

You will need:
ColourSpun – Yarn of your choice available from www.colourspun.com
Knitting needles to suit your yarn

Abbreviations
C/on cast on
C/off cast off
K knit
K2tog knit the following 2 stitches together
P purl
Sts stitches

Instructions
C/on a number of stitches divisible by 8
Row1: (K3; P2; K3) – to end
Row 2: (P3; K2; P3) – to end
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: *P3; (K2tog; leave stitches on the left-hand needle; K into the 1st stitch again and slide both off needle); P3* - repeat from * to * to end of row.
These 4 rows make the pattern, knit until your work reaches the desired length.
C/off