Master Knitter Monday: Issue #4

I have two ‘almost’ swatches to show you today. ‘Almost’ because the swatches are knit up, but they’re not seamed yet.

Here’s my new Swatch #2 – a reverse Stockinette swatch. 

Swatch #2 blocking

The rowing out is better, I think, although the camera is picking some up that I can’t really see in person.  Weird.  I think it will be acceptable.  I’ll seam it up today and then decide if I need to re-knit it.  Boy, level 2 so far for me is re-knit hell.

Here’s my Swatch #3 – Seed stitch. 

Swatch #3 blocking

I really don’t like seed stitch, and I ended up knitting these very slowly – because I took great care with my tension as I knit them.  A ‘proper’ seed stitch (to pass the MK program, anyway!) has no visible holes between the knits and purls.  To counter my normally loose purls when coming off a knit (a normal occurence – if you look at how the stitches work) I work a combined purl on seed stitch and ribbing and cables and such.  (This page has a great video on combined purls. Although I knit English style instead of Continental, but it’s essentially the same.)  Which means I have to pay particular attention to knit the stitches the correct way on the following row and not twist them.  But it makes for a very nice and dense seed stitch.  As long as I seam these up nicely I don’t think I’ll need to re-knit these.  At least that’s something. 🙂


About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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3 Responses to Master Knitter Monday: Issue #4

  1. Brandon Thomas says:

    Oooh, that’s a very good tip about the combined purls… I’ll have to check that out!

    Look, we’re all learning!

  2. turtlegirl76 says:

    I’ll have to remember that next time I’m faced with a mile of seed stitch. It’ll be a good workout for my left hand anyway.

  3. Temeka says:

    Incredible blog post, I wait for updates of your stuff.

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