Have you cast on for the Fallen Leaves Scarf knit-along? It's not too late to jump in and join this fun knit-along. Here's knitter Zontee Hou, from Lion Brand Yarn, with the second video installment of Knitting Daily TV's Fallen Leaves Scarf knit-along. Check back on this blog every Tuesday for a new video clip!
In my last blog post, we went over some of the materials that we would need, as well as how (and why) to make test swatches of the seed stitch and basket weave stitch sections. If you haven't already tried out the slip stitch knitting section, this week's video will show you a little bit about how it's done.
If you've never tried slip-stitch knitting, I would highly recommend it. It's a great way to add color and texture to a project. Unlike color work techniques like intarsia and Fair Isle (or stranded) knitting where you're using more than one color in a row, which can get a little unwieldy for a less experienced knitter, slip stitch knitting only requires you to work with one color per row.
So how do you get the appearance of more than one color in a row? Well, by slipping stitches from previous rows without actually working them, you create stitches that span two rows. When you slip a stitch in color A into a row that's currently being knit in color B, it introduces color A into that row. You also sometimes pick up "floats" or strands of wrapped yarn from previous rows and pull them up to create sort of a "quilted" stitch that adds the look of embroidery or added embellishment to your project. (This is why slip stitch knitting is also really cool in one color.)
In the video, you'll notice that I mention that our slip stitch pattern has us working in paired rows, working two rows (or a multiple of two) in the same color. This is so that we always end up on the same edge when we change colors. So we work right to left across the project and then we work a wrong side row that brings us back to the starting edge. This allows us to, instead of cutting the yarn when changing colors, simply twist the old color with the new color when exchanging them and start immediately working with the new color. Since these color changes are on the edge of the project AND they are only two to four rows high, they are not very noticeable.
This week's homework is to cast on your project now that you've had a lot of practice and to work through the slip stitch section. We'll work through the seed stitch and basket weave sections very quickly in next week's episode, but I think that once you've got the slip stitch section down, the hard part's really over.
So, keep working on your project, and of course, leave a message and let us know how it's going!
If you're just joining the knit-along, download your free pattern for the Fallen Leaves Scarf. And be sure to check your local listings to find when Knitting Daily TV plays in your area, or order series 500 on DVD.