knitting

Knitted Textures

One of the things that has always drawn me to knitting is the varied textures that can be created by manipulating yarn.

Knitted textures range from the light and airy Estonian lace to the thick utilitarian Irish fisherman knits.

You can create texture in your knits in a variety of ways.

Gansey or Guernsey Patterns

“Gansey patterns are inspired by the sweaters worn by fishermen around the coasts of the UK which were called ganseys or guernseys. They feature combinations of stitch patterns using just knit and purl stitches.” In the Loop Knitting is a good resource for patterns. Gansey (or Guernsey) knits are probably the easiest of textures to create as they are simply combinations of knit and purl stitches.

I have been working on the Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood and love the way the patterns flow.

Guernsey Wrap (Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca #150 Oxford Grey, using US7 needles)

Diana also made the Guernsey Wrap but modified the width and the repeat to create a baby blanket.

Guernsey Wrap with modifications to make a baby blanket.

Not ready to pay for a pattern to try out this technique? You can search Ravelry for Gansey/Guernsey patterns. I found a bunch of FREE patterns to get you started with this technique.

Slipped Stitches

I have yet to investigate slipped stitches in my knitting, but Diana tells me they are fun and easy. We’ll see …

Cables

Cables have always intrigued me the most. They are sinuous and elegant, with a touch of mystery. Simply by altering the order of the stitches knit and purled, the fabric starts winding around itself like magic.

I recently took the dive into learning how to knit cables. Norah Gaughan is a master of cables and I greatly admire her work, so the first thing I did was get this book:

Then my sister, Diana, went out and bought this book (great minds think alike and all that).

Oh my goodness! We have so many fiber adventures ahead of us! We hope you stay tuned to see what we are up to!

Kathy

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