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September 2019



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Fabric in the making -

fabric 1

It's the front of a cardigan I'm knitting for my Mum.

And the fabric of our curtains -

fabric 2


What a lovely color!
It is, isn't it? She will like it, I think.
I like the subtle design on your curtains.
Me too! Although I have no idea what it all means, I could be merrily insulting all passers-by :)
I love both choices and fabrics very much! I would love the pattern for the knitting in theory, too, but as I'm totally pants with written pattern descriptions, and then in English, too, I'd rather look for something similar I can understand. *gg*
The actual pattern effect is really, really, simple.

Row 1 - knit 2, *wool around needle, knit two together* until there is only one stitch left - knit it.
Row 2 - purl.
Row three - knit one, *knit two together wool around needle* until there are only 2 stitches left - knit them.
Row 3 purl.
Thank you! That really sounds simple. The "wool around needle" puzzles me, though, is this what's officially called "yarn over needle"?
I also don't remember which style you're knitting, English or Continental. As the yarn lies differently with both I've found some stitch descriptions difficult ot follow (or even impossible in one case, but that was much more complicated) and had to find my own way watching lots of videos. :o) (For one awesome zigzag pattern I needed to purl two stitches twisted together, which was rather difficult to learn, but the result was totally worth it.)
Here's a video showing the differences, although she's doing the continental style purl in a weird way, no knitter I know does it like this. *g*
Continental vs. English style
I'm going to try it and see how it looks, or give you a pic to tell me if I managed right. ;o)
I think it probably did say Yarn over needle in the pattern but I wasn't sure if you used the same phrase. Basically anything that will leave you a stitch to purl into on the other row to replace the one you lost by knitting two together.

I never really understand other people knitting from watching video as I knit backwards, being left handed. So I just learnt what each instruction achieved from the basic 'a knit stitch puts the smooth side facing you, a purl stitch put the bump facing you' to 'knitting two together will put the first stitch over the second' and so on!
I must confess, "knitting English" is so confusing to me that all I can do is stick to what I find in some translation lists, as going by the dictionary only was horribly confusing to me. ("What the heck is purl? Murmuring brook.... huh?" *g* ) But in German, it's also not called "purling into something" on the back row, but "knitting the stitch off as it comes" to use a direct translation (that problaby doesn't make sense to you in reverse). Only with the help of videos (without sound, too) I managed to understand what they are talking about, and I'm amazed beyond anything about a German friend who had no experience whatsoever in knitting and taught herself with the help of English video clips.
I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I find it's fascinating that you're knitting backwards, although I can't picture it. I'm left-handed myself and was taught by my ambidextrous granny, but am knitting like right-handed knitters like my mom. It seems Continental style isn't difficult to learn for left handers, we probably eve have it easier as we keep the yarn up with the index finger while knitting, which is easier to learn when your left hand is dominant. I can crochet and do needlepoint with both hands, though.
I just knit off the right needle onto the left one, rather than off the left one onto the right. The only time I have to remember is that a left front becomes a right one and vice versa so I have to be careful to put the buttonholes on the correct side :)

I use my left index finger for the yarn.
Actually, that sounds rather like Continental style! :o)