Slip-stitch knitting is easy, fast, and fascinating. Many beautiful effects can be created with slip-stitches, either in a solid color or in combinations of two or more colors. Patterns for the former will be found in this chapter; patterns for the latter will be found in the following chapters.
Two special terms -wyif and wyib—have been coined by the author to clear up a certain ambiguity previously associated with slip-stitch patterns. The plain, bald "si 1" so often encountered in other knitting directions usually implies with yarn in back (wyib) on a right-side row, and with yarn in front (wyif) on a wrong-side row. But quite a few patterns require a reversal of this procedure. Therefore the directions in these chapters have no reference to the right or wrong side of the fabric at all. "Front" is the side that is facing the knitter at the moment when the stitch is slipped, whichever side it may be; "back" is the side that is away from the knitter. With this distinction clearly in mind, you should have no difficulty in working a large variety of delightful slip-stitch patterns.
Most of these patterns make dense, firm fabrics. Slip-stitches tend to draw the rows more tightly together than plain knitting, and so in most cases more rows will be required to reach a given length. Some patterns do all sorts of fancy things with the slipped stitches, to create intricate designs; others are exceedingly simple. Any knitter can find a slip-stitch pattern to suit her own level of ability and her own taste. It is interesting, too, to try these patterns in different types of yarns and different needle sizes. Sometimes several completely different effects can be obtained from the same pattern under these circumstances. Thus the reader is advised not to accept every photographed swatch as an invariable picture of the pattern. Follow directions carefully, but do it your way, with your yarn; and don't be surprised if the pattern comes out with a new and unusual appearance.
A SECOND TREASURY OF KNITTING PATTERNS
This is a nice little texture pattern with a soldierly arrangement of slip-stitches marching in disciplined formation across the fabric. Use it in chunky sweaters, hats, jackets, coats or slippers.
Row 2—Kl, * si 2 wyif, put yarn to back, si the same 2 sts back to left-hand needle and knit them; rep from *, end kl. Row 3—Kl, * pi, si I wyib; rep from *, end kl. Row 4—Kl, * si 1 wyif, kl; rep from *, end kl.
Repeat Rows 1-4.
Although this is not a ribbing, in the sense of possessing horizontal elasticity, it does make vertical (lutings that are gently rounded out from the fabric. It is close, firm, non-curling, and looks the same on both sides. The pattern makes simple but beautiful borders, well-mannered sportswear, and easy-to-knit afghans.
Multiple of 4 sts plus 3.
Row 2—Kl, * si 1 wyif, k3; rep from *, end si 1, kl.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
This is an easy pattern showing embossed horizontal strands. It enjoyed considerable popularity in the U.S. during the 1940's. It is attractive in blouses (especially yokes), baby wear, collars, pockcts, and other accent areas.
Multiple of 5 sts plus 2.
Row 1 (Wrong side) and all other wrong-side rows—Furl. Row 2—Knit.
Swag Stitch, or Scallop Stitch
Slipped Rib Check
Multiple of 4 sts plus 3. Row 1 (Wrong side)—Purl.
Rows 2, 4, and 6—Pl, * si 1 wyib, p3; rep from *, end si 1, pl. Rows 3 and 5—Kl, * pl, k3; rep from *, end pl, kl. Row 7—Purl.
Rows 8, 10, and 12—P3, * si I wyib, p3; rep from *. Rows 9 and 11—K3, * pl, k3; rep from *.
Repeat Rows 1-12.
VARIATION: BASKETWEAVE CHECK
Multiple of 6 sts plus 2. Row 1 (Wrong side)—Purl.
Rows 2, 4, and 6—Kl, * p2, si 2 wyib, p2; rep from *, end kl. Rows 3 and 5—K3, * p2, k4; rep from *, end last repeat k3. Row 7—Purl.
Rows 8, 10 and 12—Kl, si 1 wyib, * p4, si 2 wyib; rep from *, end p4, si 1 wyib, kl. Rows 9 and 11—Kl, pl, * k4, p2; rep from *, end k4, pl, kl.
Repeat Rows 1-12.
Contributed by Toshiko Sugiyama, Oakland, California
This simple pattern gives a flat, shapely fabric that is slightly nubby in texture, very nice for suits, coats and dresses. The two-color version, below, is a small-patterned tweed.
Odd number of sts.
Rows 1 and 3 (Wrong side)—Purl. Row 2—Pl, * si 1 wyib, pl; rep from *. Row 4—P2, * si 1 wyib, pl; rep from *, end pl.
Repeat Rows 1-4. TWO-COLOR VARIATION
Work Rows 1 and 2 in Color A, Rows 3 and 4 in Color B. 22 A SECOND TREASURY OF KNITTING PATTERNS
above: Slip-Stilch Weave below: Two-Color Variation
This version of Fabric Stitch (A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. p. 99) is really different. It gives softly-rounded little columns of woven strands, very beautiful in coats, suits, and jackets. The wrong side resembles a ribbing on a seed-stitch background. The pattern is pretty in one, two, or three colors. Simply repeat the same two pattern rows for each color, when working with more than one—changing strands at the beginning of each right-side row.
Multiple of 4 sts plus 1.
Row 1 (Right side)—PI, * kl, si 1 wyif, kl, pi; rep from Row 2—Kl, * si 1 wyib, pi, si 1 wyib, kl; rep from
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
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