Openwork Stitches for Spring & Summer Knitting
This week on Ask Me Monday, we focus on light and airy, openwork stitches for knitting during warmer weather. These stitches can be used in the whole of a garment, or just as panels within plain knitted pieces. Paired with an organic cotton, any of these patterns would be lovely incorporated into a top, worked into a bag pattern, or as a lightweight scarf. Watch my video tutorials, then take these stitches for a spin using the below swatch instructions. Enjoy! –VH
US Size 8/5mm Knitter’s Pride Zing Needles (Great for working with cotton blend yarns!)
Kristin Omdahl Be So Tender (100% organic cotton), in color: Sky
Decorative Ladder Practice Swatch
CO 19 sts.
Row 1: K8, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, k8.
Row 2: P8, p1tbl, k1, p1tbl, p8.
Rows 3-14: Repeat Rows 1 & 2.
Row 15: Repeat Row 1
Row 16: P8, p1tbl, drop next st, YO, p1tbl, p 8.
Using Tapestry Needle, a strand of yarn, and using Ask Me Monday video as a guide, twist and weave dropped stitch ladder.
Openwork Stitches: Indian Cross Stitch
CO 16 sts.
Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5: Knit all sts, wrapping 4 times each stitch.
Row 6: (where the magic happens!): [Sl 8 sts p-wise, letting extra wraps drop; insert LH needle from front into first 4 stitches and lift over last 4 (but don’t drop off needle); transfer stitches back to LH needle in the new orientation and knit] TWICE.
Rows 7-10: Knit.
Repeat Rows 5-10, once more.
Elongated Cross Garter Stitch (Modified)
Rows 1-9: Work in Stockinette Stitch.
Row 10(WS): Using the video as a guide, insert needle as to knit and wrap yarn around both needles twice and then around the back needle only, once more; pull loop through all wraps dropping them and the last stitch. Repeat across.
Row 11: Knit.
Rows 12-13: Repeat Rows 10-11
Rows 14-18: Work in Stockinette Stitch.
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