meets Vivian Høxbro.
I was in one of
our many LYS's the other day and the owner was doing something called
"domino" knitting. Always curious, I asked, "What is
that?" One thing led to another and soon I was reading Vivian Hoxbro's
Knitting (Knitting Technique series). Of course, the first thing you do is make her 9
basic squares. OK, I didn't make ALL 9, but there was one that caught my
eye, #9. She called it "beaded". Vivian is big into garter
stitch and its many variations.
The beads are
basically a slipped stitch worked over 2 rows of garter stitch in a contrasting
color, AKA a Mosaic
Another book which
has brought back the virtues of the garter stitch is Mason Dixon Knitting.
The bib pattern (Baby Bib-O-Love) looked inviting, and the thought of a striped
bib seemed appealing, but those beads of Vivian's were in my mind...
I decided those
bibs needed some BEADS and so...
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Here is a detail
of slipped stitch and the "bead":
To set up a bead
row, do 2 rows of garter stitch (knit every stitch on both the right and wrong
sides) in fuchsia.
The row with the
"bead" is worked with the green yarn over 2 rows, and one stitch is
knitted, the next stitch is slipped. So, in this example, using the green
yarn (tie on the green yarn), knitting from the fuchsia row below (you knitted
the row below with fuchsia) you knit one fuchsia stitch with the green yarn,
then you slip a fuchsia stitch (holding the green yarn behind the work, at this
point the right side is facing you), then you knit the next stitch with the
green yarn, slip the next stitch, etc. Do this all the way across the row.
you start this at the bottom of your work, then you cast-on in fuchsia, knit one
row in fuchsia (in this example). You are now on the RS (right side) and you are
ready to start the bead row in a contrasting color (in this example,
green). This bead or slipped garter stitch is done starting on the right
side of the work.)
On the next row,
with the green yarn, you knit any stitches you knitted in the last row and slip
any stitches you slipped in the last row, always keeping the yarn in back of the
work when you slip the stitches. This time you will be working on the
wrong side of the work but you will be "creating" the beads on this
pass. They will "appear" on the right side of the work.
Take a look as you work your way across and you will see them.
Now you will be
back at the side where your fuchsia yarn is. Pick up the fuchsia
yarn* and do 2 rows of garter stitch or knit across and back. This forms
the border on the top of the bead and really sets the bead off by bordering
it. If you want a green stripe by doing 2 rows of garter stitch in
green. Doing a strip in the same color as the beads tends to balance the
pattern and tie the 2 colors together better since the beads alone can be
overpowered by other color.
Here is a tip on stripes from the book, "Mason-Dixon
Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions,
Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures" that
really works: Kay and Ann suggest, as many people do, to carry the yarn up
the side, in between stripes. In addition, and, this is the really good
tip, "When changing colors, for the first row of a stripe, pull the new
color around your needle from behind the old color" This works great
for alternating stripes of color. For more tips on stripes, check out the
All of this
depends of course on what colors you use and the weight of the yarn.
Vivian Hoxbro suggests using a heavier weight for the row with the beads, which
does help them stand out more.
However you do it,
this technique is a great addition to your pattern stitch techniques and looks
like you did a lot of work, when you didn't. And, who doesn't like