Knitting Ambitiously

Being and ambitious knitter does not have to mean making absurdly large and complicated projects like sweaters, it could mean subtly changing the pattern or stitch used in a project to something you like more. This opens up a whole range of possibilities for one pattern, say for a scarf, than can be adapted to personalize your projects. For example, you can use one project to make gifts for many different people while still putting a personalized spin on each.

In order to do this, I take stitch patterns I find in books or magazines, but there are even whole books devoted to just different types of stitches. This is most helpful when I know I want to make something I’ve done a thousand times like a scarf or hat, but don’t know how to make it a little more interesting.

However, the biggest hurdle for most is learning how to cable. Cables can be added here and there to spice up a project, and gives the it an instant comfy cozy feeling. Not only that, but there are tons of different types of cables, going every which way…but yes it can get a little complicated. Is it possible to have a cable pattern that’s not actually a cable? Not only that, but a pattern that looks like cabling without having to use one of those pesky little cable needles, which often get lost or misplaced. I found the answer to this problem in the magazine Interweave Knits where they have a cute vintage inspired sweater pattern that is designed for ease and multi-season wear-ability. The ambitious knitter in me has decided to attempt this pattern, and while it may turn out a complete disaster, the stitch itself is a great asset to my knitting arsenal: a fake-it cable pattern. Or, as the magazine calls it, a lace-wrap pattern.

This pattern should be done with a multiple of four stitches plus two. The pattern itself is four rows long, and to achieve the size pattern seen here, use size 6 knitting needles.Rows 1 and 3 are the front side of the pattern.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl 1, *Purl 4, yarn over needle * Repeat from * to last stitch, Purl 1.

Row 3: Knit 1, *drop the yarn over, then yarn over, slip next stitch to needle, Knit 3. Pass slipped stitch over the 3 knitted stitches* Repeat* Knit 1

Row 4: Purl

If anyone tries this and it doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll try to clarify. I find it is prone to curling at the edges, however, which is fine for a sweater, but if you want to use this pattern on a scarf and don’t want it to come out tubular, try adding on four stitches each end of simple knit every row. The result will be these edges will turn under, leaving the pattern to flatten out.

Everyone should have a summer craft project, especially in Boston where it is prone to summer thunderstorms and difficult to spend time outside everyday. Even suffocating heat can make spending time outside unpleasant, and having a project that is doable inside is a great way to relax inside. Just have fun with it!



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