Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gauge swatches are only useful if you want to fit a hat to a particular head. I give no gauge for most patterns here. Knit the pattern in (a) yarn you like using (2) needles that feel comfortable for that yarn.
If you don't like the way the knitting feels, rip out and start over. This should be pleasant knitting! Use the yarn you like. Vary the needle until the knitting is pleasant! There! There will be no excuses accepted for tight knitting. Use a hugely bigger-diameter needle until you get the fabric you want. I have no control over whether the stitches are tight and won't easily slide over the needles, except to make one gentle admonition... do not squush the stitches together on the 'take-up' needle (usually the Right needle when you are knitting the usual way).
Another way to avoid tight stitches on the 'let-go' needle (usually the Left needle when you are knitting the usual direction) is to use a Smaller Needle on the Let-Go side. Stitches slide off and are taken up gratefully by the Take-Up needle.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Reversible Entrelac knitted swatch (unblocked) movie a video by fuzzyjay on Flickr.
This is a ribbed entrelac fabric that is reversible. The fabric is the same on both sides, except that the fabric on one side is a mirror image of the other. Just knits and purls, but it does a good impression of a reversible cabled fabric.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I'm experimenting with entrelac squares that are half-and-half knit and purl. This fabric would look the same on both sides, except it would be mirror-reversed. The pink arrows show the direction of knitting the squares. Black is reverse-stockinette, white is stockinette fabric.
When a stockinette fabric meets a reverse-stockinette fabric across the boundary of an entrelac square, the fabric is continuous, that is, there is no ridge. This gives some interesting effects in the fabric, making it hard for me to predict how a fabric will look once knitted out.