Thursday, August 7, 2008

Name That Stitch Pattern

I believe I have just "unvented" a stitch pattern. (You know, this is when you think you've invented something, but it actually already exists.) This lacey pattern is so simple that it could not possibly be original. There are only two rows to the four-stitch repeat. Row 1 is K2tog, yo, K2; Row 2 is K2, yo, K2tog. It seemed as though there should be an SSK in there somewhere, but when I tried it, I lost the ridge at the edge of the lace panel. Has anyone ever seen this before? Does it have a name?


I incorporated the lace bits into a 7-stitch pattern that alternates K4,P3 with LaceyBit, P3 every 10 rows. I think it's the swapping back and forth that causes the knit columns to stagger about in such an inebriated fashion. Nothing will make them stay straight. And, of course, I incorporated the 7-stitch pattern into . . . . .


A pair of socks. Of course. Well, it will be a pair. Right now it's just the one. But that's okay. In fact it's such a humongous achievement that I was thinking of naming these "Halleluiah Socks" (I went with "Staggered Lace" instead). This yarn is the Dream in Color Smooshy that I have attempted to make into socks FIVE TIMES before this. Each of those five was, however, a cable pattern. Apparently this yarn wanted to be lace. It looks like the sort of hearty yarn that would cable delightfully; but its true self is a dainty creature craving delicate airiness. So be it. The yarn has spoken.

5 comments:

Luni said...

Very nice socks! Your lacey bit reminds me of faggoting lace. I'd call it double faggoting, except I'm not sure I like the sound of it. ;)

Delighted Hands said...

Gorgeous-treat yourself to something like chocolate! Or a new yarn purchase! I think you have found the right fit for the yarn. Technically now, I think the stagger comes from the fact of the k2tog which pulls to the right-not that you should 'correct' this, just trying to figure it out with you. Stand tall when you wear these socks-you are amazing!

beverlyanne said...

Love the staggered lace. The lack of straightness is what gives it its charm. That is very interesting about the fit of the yarn to the pattern. I have used this yarn and would not have immediately thought lace either, although this is obviously the perfect stitch for it.

Marjorie said...

It looks like faggotting to me. It seems rather like the edging on Bee Fields. If you have a copy of Mary Thomas' Knitting Patterns, I'll bet you'll find it or something like it there.

It looks very nice as you've combined it on that sock.

Leigh said...

Well, it's lovely, whatever it's called, and the socks are smashing!