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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Learn to Knit - Elongated Knit Stitch

Don't you just love trying out new stitches in knitting or crocheting? Whenever I come across a design that I like, I check to see if the description includes what stitches were used, then I look them up and give them a try. If I like them, I add them to my list. Recently I came across a pattern for an accessory item that I thought looked so pretty and light and airy while still being warm and cozy. I tried it. I liked it. I'm using it in my current project. And here it is...

Elongated Knit StitchI can't say exactly what it is that I am making since it is one of my Pay It Forward gifts, but here you can see it still on the needle which may give you a little hint of what it might be. I'm using Patons Divine yarn which is mostly acrylic but has a little bit of mohair, wool and polyester in it. This color is called Demin Storm.

Elongated Knit StitchThe stitch I am using is called the Elongated Knit Stitch. In between each row of Elongated Knit Stitch, I am working 3 rows of plain old knit stitch. This is what makes the piece look light and airy while still keeping it warm and cozy. It works up fast too because each row of Elongated Knit Stitch adds over an inch to the project!

In the following video, you will see how to do the stitch which is quite easy and actually pretty fun. The Yarn Overs that make the knit stitch elongated can be done as many times as you like, depending on how Elongated you want the stitches to be. You would just have to be consistent across the row. So you could work one row of elongated knit stitches with just 1 Yarn Over, then work several rows of knit stitches, then work the next row of elongated knit stitches with 2 Yarn Overs, then several more rows of knit stitches, then elongated stitches with 3 Yarn Overs and so on and then go back to 1 Yarn Over. Or you can be consistent throughout your piece and make the stitches with the same number of Yarn Overs to achieve the look you want.

In the video you will notice that I am using regular worsted weight yarn with no fuzz or texture in it at all. I think this stitch begs for lots of texture and fuzz in the yarn being used, so the yarn I am using to demonstrate the stitch is not what I would use to make something with this stitch. I just thought it would show how to make the stitch better than a fuzzy yarn, so it is being used only for demonstration purposes.

Let me know if you have used this stitch in a project yourself and how you liked it. I'll be sure to show off this finished project once it has been received by ... the recipient!

Happy Stitching!

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  • What a pretty color and looks so soft.

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At February 19, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

  • Great tutorial - however, I don't think this one is for me - what if I drop a stitch, aaaargh!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

    By Blogger Lurline, At February 19, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

  • I think I have used that stitch a long time ago... I probably made a scarf for my daughters as such...
    Great denim look! 8-)
    Happy knitting!

    By Blogger Myra, At February 20, 2009 at 10:10 AM  

  • Oh, that is so pretty! I also just realized something: using those huge needles is SO great for seeing what's going on! So much better. I'm having a bit of difficulty, for example, seeing which thread is being picked up in the "M-1" tutorial. I *think* I'm picking up the right one...at least some of the time. Ha!

    By Anonymous Strix, At September 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

  • I've used a similar stitch.
    In each knit stitch, after inserting right needle into stitch I wrap yarn around left needle 3 times and then knit it off. Next row I knit regular one wrap stitches. It comes out looking the same. I'll have to see which method is easier to use.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 22, 2009 at 10:55 AM  

  • Thanks for this! I am a new knitter. I Am a spinner also and have some yarn that will be perfect for just this type of knitting!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM  

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