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March 23, 2007

Variation 2 & the Edge

March Madness baby!  A time, like no other -- except for Wimbledon and the U.S. Open -- to sit on your ass and knit.  The pleasure of knitting yesterday's swatch -- inspired by Jane's 8-patch quilt -- coupled with another basketball game resulted in Variation #2 of my 8-patch log cabin.

To quote a favorite children's song,
"2nd verse, same as the first. 
A little bit louder and a little bit worse."

If all goes as planned, I'll knit 6 variations on this simple motif and combine them into a small wall piece.  My swatching has provided ample opportunities to experiment and refine my improvisational knitting techniques.  I've recently begun using a new edge stitch taught to me by a friend who, in turn, learned it from Irene York.  This edge is excellent for proportionally square fabrics, such as garter stitch, making it neat and easy to pick up stitches or to join pieces while knitting. 

Here's the skinny:

On every row, knit into the back of the first stitch and then slip the last stitch purlwise with yarn in front.  Tersely for your enjoyment.  First stitch -> ktbl.  Last stitch -> sl wyif.

March 23, 2007 in Improvisational Knitting | Permalink


Hmm -- I might try that on the garter-stitch sideways sweater I'm making, even though I'm well into it. It's already somewhat improvisational (err, no, those were deliberate design choices, I meant to say).

Posted by: AuntieAnn | Mar 23, 2007 9:48:46 AM

I have bookmarked SO many of your posts and am bursting with inspiration for improvisational garter stitch - but I already have so many WIP's on the go. I accidentally ordered some Fleece Artist on sale yesterday, though, and I'm thinking about going round and round and back and forth as the mood strikes.

Posted by: Ruth | Mar 23, 2007 10:26:20 AM


Posted by: Edna Hart | Mar 23, 2007 11:36:31 AM

Your swatches are always inspiring. I love, as I think you do, seeing an idea and building on it. Swatch on!

Posted by: Brenda | Mar 23, 2007 12:24:03 PM

This is my favorite so far. (Well, my favorite improvisational swatch.)

Gorgeous colors. Rowan again, I presume?

Posted by: Vanessa | Mar 23, 2007 1:33:34 PM

that is how my grandma taught me to make an edge stitch, and also makes it easy to count your rows- each edge stitch is equal to 2 rows.

Posted by: hPNY Knits | Mar 23, 2007 4:49:29 PM

Lovely again.

Thanks for the tip on the edging. It really looks great.

Posted by: Lynn | Mar 23, 2007 5:36:04 PM

very eclectic. it's beautiful.

Posted by: lynette | Mar 23, 2007 6:34:58 PM

That patch is so awesome. I love what you are doing. You do it so well.

Posted by: Sarah | Mar 23, 2007 7:46:26 PM

That edge stitch is great for stripes since you're always knitting with the new colour instead of slipping the old one.

Posted by: Kate in Somerset, UK | Mar 24, 2007 2:44:46 AM

That should make it a lot easier - I can't wait to try it out (probably this afternoon!!!).
I am quite enjoying your swatches - and feeling very inspired. I downloaded the tutorial on the improvisational knitting. Just have to pick some colours.....

Posted by: Jo-Anne | Mar 24, 2007 7:01:59 AM

Wonderful colors and wonderful swatch. And thanks for the tips - very useful in knitting in general. This project of yours is very fun to follow! thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Terry | Mar 24, 2007 9:37:58 AM

Very pretty swatch! The FO is going to be gorgeous.

Posted by: Kathy | Mar 25, 2007 12:50:16 AM

That looks like fun, and I really like the color combination. The purple square from earlier is also very pretty!

Posted by: Lotta | Mar 25, 2007 8:28:48 PM

love these irreverant patches, swatches and squares; can't wait to see more!

Posted by: anne | Mar 28, 2007 9:46:52 PM

I love it and the terse instructions...don't know why, maybe it's that math thing again and love for calculators and mechanical pencils, but just the facts ma'am rocks for me anyway! ;)

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