Colours of Change

Back when I was just learning how to crochet, the moss stitch easily became my favourite stitch (both in crochet and knitting).  There were many projects with the moss stitch … an easy and relaxing stitch to get in the rhythm of crocheting.

One of my earlier moss stitch projects was a scarf, and it started out beautiful with the argyle effect.  After I attached the second skein, it didn’t continue the pattern.  I think it’s still tucked away in a storage box of WIPs.

Recently, the crochet moss stitch and planned pooling of colours has risen to the top of the crochet trends.  I had just gotten two hanks of the limited edition colours from Expression Fiber Arts, so I decided that I would try and get the argyle effect this time.

It started off well … there was actually an argyle/tartan effect coming out …

But it didn’t last long … not even when I attached the second hank …

I didn’t mind.  I liked the colours, and the effect.  And the colours were pooling, even if not the way that I wanted or expected it to.

And once it’s wrapped around your neck, it didn’t matter how the colour pooling patterns came out … It still looked good.

 

 

I’m hoping this colourway comes out again … I want to make it wider and longer.  Making it longer is no problem, but making it wider will change the patterns a bit … or a lot .. and I don’t want to frog this any more.  So it’s going to sit in my WIP bag until the colourway comes out again.  I can wait …

What’s Wrong With This?

During my recent trip, I brought some of my WIPs, plus some new yarn to start projects and try out patterns.  That’s how ambitious I was.  Did I really think I was going to have so much time to just sit and knit or crochet?  I didn’t know, but I was prepared, just in case I did.

It was only after I got to the hotel and unpacked that I noticed this.  What’s wrong with these pictures? They’re all knitting projects !!

Who would have thought?  Maybe because I have a little more patience now than I did before, and I’m a little more comfortable when following knitting directions and patterns and understand what all those abbreviations and letters mean (oh, there’s still some abbreviations out there that I don’t know and get confused when I try to follow it; and knitting lace still seems like a forever-to-learn project).  Or maybe because I only have two-three skeins of the sample yarn, and knitting uses up less yarn in a project than crocheting.  Whatever the case, I’m starting more and more knit projects.

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Ok, so these ones are all in the same pattern – the Trellis Lace Scarf.  That’s what happens when I learn a new pattern and it actually turns out half-way decent, so I just use the same pattern in two-three projects.  It didn’t come out the same way as the original pattern, so I experimented with different yarns, and a little modification – from one to three ribbed columns.  The multi-coloured purplish one is the one I was working on while waiting for the rains to stop at the US Open Tennis games.  It’s coming along well.  The brown one in the middle is a variation.  And the red on the right is one I started during my travels; I think I started this on the plane.  I thought the colour variations would look good with the pattern, but I’m not seeing it yet.  Maybe when it’s done.

Here’s one I finished, soon after I got home.  It’s made with the Lion Brand merino wool, knit in the round, in a simple pattern:  k2 p2 for two rows, then knit all around for two rows; alternate the four rows to width desired. I also used two different colours for the two sets, which gives it a little ripply effect on the eyes.  I’m happy with the way this turned out; and the yarn is soft and cuddly too!

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Just before I left on the trip, I got the Malabrigo Ravelry Red samples that I had bought.  So, during the plane trip, I started on a moss stitch pattern.  (sorry for the blurry picture; I still haven’t gotten the hang of taking pictures with a phone camera!)  This is what it looked like at the beginning.

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I’m about two feet into the project, and I’ve already improvised on the pattern.  We’ll see how it turns out later.

Moss Stitch vs Seed Stitch, British Seed vs American Moss

This past summer, Lion Brand Studio in NYC held a Stitch-a-Palooza.  I got there an hour before it finished, but was able to sit in on several of their 20-minute presentations on different stitches.
One of those was a presentation on the (knit) moss stitch family.

I have always liked the texture and design of the pattern, ever since I learned to knit when I was a young girl.  I wasn’t really concerned about what the stitch was called, what was important was that that I knew how to do it.  Later on, I would see both names used for the same stitch pattern, and read elsewhere that it was the same stitch with different names.  It was a little confusing, but I didn’t pay any attention to it – I just continued to knit the pattern.

So I was delighted to see that there was a presentation on the Moss Stitch Family and made sure to sit in to unconfuse myself.  But then I got confused again.

Here’s the sample of seed stitch that was passed around.  K1 P1 on the first row, then P1 K1 on the second row.

I was okay with that so far, even though this ‘rib’ and ‘broken every row’ was already confusing me, but my knitting kind of looked like that, so I figured I was still okay.

  

And then, the swatch on the ‘Double Seed Stitch’ came out.  And there was this ‘rib’ again, and this time, ‘broken every 2 rows’.   So now, it’s K1P1 for two rows?  hmmmm ….

  

I was wondering if I had to re-learn the stitch again.  And then the ‘Moss Stitch’ swatch came out …

And now, I’m double confused.  This looks like a K2 P2 then P2 K2 pattern.   Okay, I’ve done that before too.

But then this suggests that there is a difference to the Moss Stitch and Seed Stitch after all …  So is that the difference between the seed stitch and the moss stitch?  One is K1 P1 for one or two rows, and the other is K2 P2 for two rows?

Intrigued now, I went googling (is that a verb yet in the official dictionary?)  and came upon the Creative Knitting magazine blog and their version of  Seed vs Moss Stitch .  And this article now introduces the British Moss Stitch (which is the same stitch as the Seed Stitch) and the American Moss Stitch (which is a more elongated stitch).

Seed Stitch
(Over an even number of stitches)
• Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * across.
• Row 2: *P1, k1; rep from * across.
• Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

vs

American Moss Stitch
(Over an uneven number of stitches)
• Rows 1 and 4: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * across.
• Rows 2 and 3: P1, *k1, p1; rep from * across.
• Repeat Rows 1–4 for pattern.

*ssiiggghhhh*  I think I’m just going to ignore whatever name they call it, and just knit the pattern that I like.  How about that?  In the meantime, here’s some samples they had on display.   Oh, I liked the idea in the article about changing needle sizes (from big to smaller needles), which produces a wavy pattern without having to decrease.  Yaaayy!!  something new to try for the scarves!