Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The million dollar seam.....

Well, maybe not a million, but I paid a pretty penny for a "Design your own Socks" class at Stitches West last weekend.

It was a great class to really bed in the knowledge of traditional sock construction, but I was particularly excited about two things I learned in class. The first was a new magic cast on that is seamless and allows immediate knitting in the round. VERY exciting.

The second was a demonstration of Kitchener Stitch, which I've always been terrified of - I tried it once and it wasn't pretty. So a wonderful lady sitting next to me drew me a diagram/chart of the instructions which really made the penny drop. It goes a little like this......

top needle: 4. knit on 3. purl off

bottom needle: 2. purl on 1. knit off

The numbers relate to order of the steps. on and off are how these stitches should remain (on the needle, or off). Knit and purl, I think we all know :-)

So, I knit on my Linnea top all the Stitches weekend and have now completed one armhole and can now proudly show my grafted stitches at the top. Yay, me, yay, kitchener!!!!

3 comments:

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Awesome awesome kitchener!! We should have taken a pre-class kitchener picture :)

Miss you already Disco! Can't wait to see Linea all done!

cpurl17 said...

Excellente!

When I do it, I must silence the room and repeat the Kitchener mantra.

Kaye said...

What graft? I see no graft--it's that invisible! Good job!