Friday, September 21, 2012

Stitch Guide: Old Shale

We've been knitting a lot of feather and fan lately and it's time to change it up.  This stitch is called Old Shale and it is the more masculine version of feather and fan.  To achieve this stitch pattern you are essential knitting feather and fan, but you are swapping yarn overs (YO) for make ones (M1).  

What's a make one?  A make one is an increase that allows you to maintain a solid fabric.  With old shale you still get the ripple effect with out the lacy look of feather and fan.  This is what makes it a great stitch for someone who isn't into eyelets. 

How does one execute a make one (M1).  It's really simple here's what you do:

Using your left hand needle pick up the bar that runs between the stitches in the row below from the back .
Knit into the bar on the left hand needle making sure that the bar twists into a new stitch. 
Ta Da! You just increased one stitch with a M1 increase.  Easy Peasy.   Now on to the stitch pattern!

Just a quick reminder all feather and fan stitch patterns are written for a multiple of 18 stitches.  The same goes for old shale.  

Old Shale (a more masculine lace)
Worked Flat
R1: *(K2tog) 3x, (M1, K1) 6x, (K2tog) 3x*
R2: Purl All Stitches
R3: Knit All Stitches
R4: Purl All Stitches

Worked in the Round
R1: *(K2tog) 3x, (M1, K1) 6x, (K2tog) 3x*
R2: Knit All Stitches
R3: Knit All Stitches
R4: Knit All Stitches

Don't forget our other F&F stitch Patterns

1 comment:

Roseanna said...

So lovely! I am in love with that yarn, can you share the name/brand?
Thank you!