Sunday, October 10, 2010

Favorite Stitches

Happy Sunday!  

Today I'd like to share one of my favorite (and super quick and easy) knitting stitches.  I found this stitch last year in an old knitting book entitled "The Complete Book of Knitting."  This was my mom's knitting book, printed back in 1971 and scribed by Barbara Abbey.  It's been my go to resource since I began knitting, though it is super hardcore instructional.  I agree that it is in fact a complete book of knitting.

So, this stitch has a great name: the modified schiaparelli stitch, sort of like the famous designer.  The stitch however, looks like dragon scales (great for all those Friday nights staying home watching Harry Potter and knitting).  It's also a fairly warm stitch.  

Last year I made a sweater using the schiaparelli.  

Requirements: Make sure your rows are in multiples of four plus 2 extra stitches.  My swatch is 20 stitches wide.  

Alrighty, here we go!

First, cast on your chosen number of stitches
Purl one row

Row 1:  * Knit 2 st.  Yarn over.

knit 2 more sts

Pull the YO over the last knit 2

Drop the YO off the needle.  Repeat to end, beginning with *

Row 2:  Purl all sts

Row 3: *YO

knit 1 (pictured).  knit 1 more...

Pull YO over knit 2.

Drop YO off the needle.  Continue to end, beginning with *.

Row 4: Purl all stitches.
Repeat these 4 rows!

There you have it. 

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