Wednesday, 19 October 2016

SPRITZER







Here is Spritzer, the second pattern in the Boos for Beginners Collection. This collection consists of a series of six patterns designed for those wishing to try lace or for those not overly confident using finer yarns, however each pattern will still be a very useful addition to any wardrobe - whether beginner or not!

Lace knitting is not scary; it is merely knitting with increases and decreases that create a pattern of holes in your fabric. Often lace is knit with a finer yarn but not tiny needles. This creates a light and airy fabric that, once blocked, looks intricate and pretty. It is so much easier than you think it will be! Though this is a collection aimed at those beginning lace knitting it is not a knitting course, tutorial or knitting encyclopedia.


Spritzer is more detailed than the first shawl of the collection and there will be some new stitches to learn but nothing challenging or scary.   By the end of this Collection you will be able to tackle any of the Boo Patterns without a moment’s hesitation!



















For knitters with more experience this pattern is simple but not boring. Perfect for holiday or television knitting and the ideal pattern to persuade a non-knitting friend that they really can do it!  Suitable for many, many different yarns; you could knit one for each day of the week!


You will also need: Stitch Markers (one that is different to mark the beginning of your rows), Needle (for weaving in ends), Blocking Pins and Mats, just under 500 Miyuki Size 5 Triangular Beads for the smallest size (I made mine in Solstice Yarns Changeling), just under 700 for the lace version (or if you repeat Chart Two five times), and a 1mm cro-tat hook to apply your beads (or dental floss, 0.6mm crochet hook, fleegle beader).

This pattern is charted and has full written instructions and is available, along with my other patterns, on Ravelry.

Friday, 7 October 2016

CHANGING COLOUR AT THE EDGES


Useful for when you want to carry the yarn rather than cutting and weaving in.  I would only use this for two or four rows not more than that.

Knit the first stitch with your new colour.   (below)



Look at the back of your work to see the two colours side by side.   (below)




Bring your previous coloured yarn over the working yarn at the back of your work.  (below)




Knit the next stitch with your new yarn and see how the first yarn is trapped behind the second stitch. (below)


Do this loosely so your edge not too tight.