Saturday, May 08, 2010

An Exercise in Increases and Decreases

After finishing an afghan of endless seedstitch, wouldn't you know the very next thing I make begins with four rows of seed stitch. Oh, but *after that*, is there fun aplenty!

You may think you're knitting Smariek's Embossed Turtle Cloth but, really, you are practicising all kinds of increases and decreases. Just on the increasing side, there are:
1. M1 - knit into the back of the stitch in the row below the first stitch on the left needle, then knit into the front of the first stitch on the left needle.

2. M1Fs - lift the running thread between the stitch just worked and the next stitch and knit into the back of this stitch.
M1P - purl the stitch in the row below the first stitch on the left needle, then purl into the first stitch on the left needle.

and my favorite because I felt so slick after pulling it off the first time:
3.M2 - K1b, k1 into front of the same stitch, then insert your left needle behind the vertical strand that runs downwards from between the 2 stitches just made and k1b into this strand to make the 3rd stitch.


You increase and decrease for 45 rows of pattern and you've got a turtle. If you make it in Sugar 'n' Cream (100% cotton), you've got a turtle dish cloth.

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