Friday, May 29, 2015


Here is a fun pattern to try for you knitters. I think it is even more fun when using variegated yarn. 


Cast on multiple of 2 stitches + 1

ROW 1  (RIGHT SIDE): K 1, (YO, K2) across

ROW 2 : P4, with left needle bring the third stitch on right needle over the first 2 stitches and off the needle, *P3, with left needle bring the third stitch on right needle over the first 2 stitches and off the needle; repeat from * across.

ROW 3 :  (K2, YO) across to last stitch, K1.

ROW 4 : * P3, with left needle bring the third stitch on right needle over the first 2 stitches and off the needle; repeat from * across to last stitch, P1

Repeat Rows 1 - 4 for pattern until desired size. May end with either Row 2 or Row 4.

Bind off all stitches in knit.

Often I knit while I am watching TV. That can cause some problems with the pattern if I get more interested in what is on TV instead of what I am knitting. Once I get used to seeing the knitting on the needles, it helps me with the pattern .... knowing which row to do next. This may sound silly for skilled knitters. But if you are a knitter like I am, mainly easy, beginner knitting patterns, you know what I mean.

Help if you need it to understand the instructions:

The instructions are fairly easy to follow especially rows 1 and 3. They are on the right side and rows 2 and 4 are the back side. 

Right side.

Back/Wrong side.

Here is what your work will look like when you are finished with ROW 4 and ready to do ROW 1. You see the stitches in pairs on the needle with a single stitch at the beginning. 

In ROWS 1 and 3, you knit both of the stitches (separately) and then bring the yarn over (YO). 

To do this you bring the yarn to the front like you would if you were going to purl. 

Then bring the yarn back over the right needle to knit the next two stitches. 

Since Row 1 has a single stitch first on the left needle, you will knit it and then the YO. You will always do a YO when you have a SPACE.

Finished with ROW 1 and ready for ROW 2. The other needle is pointing to the yarn over (YO). This is what it looks like from the back side. You will always purl one more stitch after the yarn over. In ROWS 2 and 4 you are working with trios instead of pairs. The three "stitches" or trio are a P, YO, and then another P. 

The first purl stitch in the trio will be pulled back over the YO and last purl stitch you made and then taken off the needle. 

You have to hold the thread tight so that the two stitches you are passing over - the YO and purl - don't fall off the needle. This gets easier as you go along.) 

Row 2 starts with purl 4 (P4) and then continues with the repeated pattern of P3 and then the pass over.

This is what the work on the left needle will look after you have finished ROW 2 and ready for ROW 3. Once again you notice the stitches in pairs with a space in between. Knit the two stitches and then the YO ... bringing the yarn from the back (like you were going to purl) but take it over the right needle to knit the next stitch. For ROW 3 you will knit 2 and then YO..... until there is only one stitch left on the left needle. You will do the YO to end the repeated pattern and then knit the last stitch.

So in ROW 1 the single stitch is at the beginning and in ROW 3, it is at the end.

ROW 4 is similiar to ROW 2 except the YO is the second stitch on the needle, so you will only P3. Your "pass over" is always after the purl stitch after the YO.  Remember with the "pass over" your trio is a P, YO, P. 

One last picture to share with you.

When you purl the YO, it looks a little strange, like you dropped a stitch. But you haven't.

I hope you will try the Crocus Buds pattern and that the pictures have been helpful if you are a beginner.

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