Monday, January 30, 2017

Day 17 A year in stitches

Today's stitches will be

double knitting and Tunisian simple stitch

Double knitting

This is a style of knitting that creates a bag that is closed on the sides and the bottom.  The bag may or may not be able to be used as a bag depending on the techniques used to knit. 

Any number of stitches.

Cast on half the number of stitches needed for your project.  For mine, I will cast on 16 stitches.  Use smaller needles since the stitches will grow a bit.  Use a long tail cast on.

R1:  kfb across.
R2:  k2, * sl 1 wyif, k1.  Rep from * to the last 2 sts.  End k2

Rep R2 until you have a square.

Tunisian Simple Stitch

This is also known as shepherd's knitting and Afghan Stitch, among others.  It uses a long crochet hook, called a Tunisian Crochet Hook.  Use a hook larger than you normally would with a regular hook.  This can become very tight and feel like cardboard if you don't.

Ch the number of stitches you need for your project.

R1A:  working in the back bump of the chain, in the 2nd ch from the hook, pull up a loop and retain on the hook.  Continue along the chain this way.
R1B:  now we work the return pass.  ch 1. * wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through 2 loops. Rep from * to the end.

R2A: * insert the hook under the first vertical bar, draw up a loop and retain on the hook.  Rep from * across.
R2B: ch 1, *wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through 2 loops.  Rep from * to the end.

Rep R2A and R2B until there is a square or you have finished your project.

To finish: ch 1, sl st across, working under the vertical bars across.