Getting started

Feb 17, 2011

Hello Knitters!

As you read in my previous post, I'm new here at Interweave and getting settled into my duties as assistant editor of Knits. Part of those duties will be to post out here regularly, so strap on your seatbelts and join me for this bumpy ride.

I think the first thing I have to do is come up with a better name for you, my readers. Knitters, is likely factual but a little dry. After a few bad ideas, I thought it would be fun to take an old derogatory term and turn it on its head; I like WitKnits, Knitters with Wit, sparkling intelligence and wry sense of humor. I hope it comes across with the sense of endearment I intend.

So what will you find here in the coming months? Well, several members of the staff will be contributing, each with a slightly different focus. I intend to take you behind the scenes here at Knits. What does that mean exactly? Well, my first priority will be to take you more in depth on items we cover in the magazine, things that we'd like to say more about but can't fit into the format of the magazine. I have so many products and yarns that cross my desk that I'd love to share with you. I'd also like to take you to a photo shoot, or a submission review, or a staff meeting. Well maybe not a staff meeting, even we don't want to go to most of those. I'll try to find something interesting that we're working on here and give you a little peek backstage. I'll share some of what I do, what I was thinking or what I learned. However, don't expect me to draw back the curtain too far. We work hard to create a mood, a visual treat, in the magazine. I don't want to give that to you with one hand and take it away with the other. Sorry, no pictures of models with warts on their noses.

So to kick it all off, I'll start with a mini pattern. You may have noticed that I wrote the yarn review this season and I designed the knitted samples. I know, it's tough to be me; I have to knit at work. I hope it was patently obvious, but if not, the samples were water lily pads. The pattern follows. Enjoy!

Short row technique:
Wrap and Turn (w&t) - Work to turn point, slip next stitch purlwise to right needle. Bring yarn to front,  slip same stitch back to left needle, turn. Bring yarn to front of work in position to work purl stitch.

Tip for working two wraps together with stitch on needle - before knitting the wrapped stitch, lift the wraps from the front of the knitting onto the left needle, inserting the left needle from back to front. Pass the wraps over the wrapped stitch so that the original stitch is closest to the point of the left needle. Knit the 3 stitches together through the back loop, so that the front stitch lays nice and flat. You should get a nice even appearance on the knit side and  a bump on the purl side.

CO 16 sts, using the recommended needle size for the yarn.
Row 1: (WS) P12, k4.
Row 2: (RS) P4, k8, w&t.
Row 3: P8, k4.
Row 4: P4, k4, w&t.
Row 5: P4, k4.
Row 6: P4, w&t.
Row 7: K4.
Row 8: P4, w&t.
Row 9: K4.
On the foll rows, pick up all wraps as described above as you come to them.
Row 10: P4, k4, w&t.
Row 11: P4, k4.
Row 12: P4, k8, w&t.
Row 13: P8, k4.
Row 14:P4, k12.
Row 15: P12, k4.
Rep Rows 2-15 7 more times.

Pass yarn end through remaining stitches and gather to close the center hole. Steam into shape.

 

A different view of the Knits Spring 11 Yarn Review lily pad samples.
In this picture the purl side is up, and the yarn ends were left uncut to act as stems.


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Zoe wrote
on Feb 19, 2011 1:02 PM

Hi Larissa,  Yes great minds do think alike and we knitters are always expanding ours!!!  chuckles, how long before our swelled heads explode??  never, cause there is always room for another stitch technique or pattern!!  How about The KD WitKnits?  I do like your reasoning for the moniker, it suits us knitters.

LarissaG wrote
on Feb 18, 2011 8:57 AM

Hi Zoe,

I guess we knitters think more alike than we might like to admit. I hope WitKnit won't mind that I expand her/his moniker to a whole class of knitters. The more I live with the idea, the more I like it.

For me, the lily pads were just an interesting way to showcase the yarns, I don't know how functional they'd be. But I guess if you have a frog collection it might be just the right addition.

Zoe wrote
on Feb 17, 2011 6:30 PM

Oh, yeah, BTW, there is also a member who has the title of WitKnit here on KD.

Zoe wrote
on Feb 17, 2011 6:27 PM

Hi and chuckles about the WitKnits because I believe we have a member named KnitWit here on KD.  

Next, I would like to know what the lily pads would be used for?  I would make them using a cotton yarn and make them into dishcloths or pot matts.  Of course they would have to have their stems shortened right off!  Nice pattern.

TammyT wrote
on Feb 17, 2011 7:22 AM

Sweet!  I was looking at those in the issue and thinking, "How geeky of me would it be to ask for that pattern?"  haha  Thanks for saving me the dilemma.  I'll proudly bear the name "WitKnit".  Works for me.