Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Estonian Stitch Swatching

A fellow knitter wore a crocheted scarf to the yarn shop on Saturday and it looked so cozy and warm. Except I'm not great at crochet and one of the other knitters asked if there would be a way to make something similar but knitted instead.

I didn't think to snap a picture of the crocheted scarf but I kept thinking about the Estonian star stitch and decided to experiment with it. I might be in love. (Knitting nerd alert)

I grabbed a spare ball of +Knit Picks Palette yarn in color Mist and size 4 needles. The fabric was super nice, tight but with pleasant drape. I would love it for an afghan. Unfortunately, it wasn't much like the crocheted scarf. I switched to #9 needles and felt like, tada! perfect. Nice drape, lace-like but incredible interesting texture. You can see it in the picture. There also doesn't seem to be much curling.

I'm using fingering weight (sock yarn) and #9 needles.

Cast on multiple of 8 + 3
Row 1: *k1, (k3tog, yo, k3tog) all in next three stitches, repeat from * to last three, k3
Row 2: p
Row 3: k3, *(k3tog, yo, k3tog) all in next three stitches, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Row 4: p

That's it! The hardest part is k3tog, don't slip stitches off needle, yo, and k3tog again

That last few near the needle I changed the k3tog maneuver to "sl1, (k2tog, yo, k2tog) in next two stitches, pass slipped stitch over all 3". I like the difference but it's a little more cranky.