Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Design Series: Raven Rocks Scarf, Part 3 - Even More Increases

Raven Rocks Scarf, in progress
Sort of blocking on my ironing board just for the picture
I think everyone gives in to some vanity searching every once in a while, or maybe more than once in a while, but why not? We live so much of our lives, for better or worse, digitally and online. It doesn't hurt to see what's out there attached to our names. So if you're ever working with any of my patterns, please don't hesitate to tag me (@RodeoKnits everywhere) or use #rodeoknits and eventually I'll find you!

Now let's move on to something more fun than googling myself. More increases.

We're still working Raven Rocks Scarf. Maybe you're already finished the border increases--it was only 44 rows--and now you're ready to start adding lace to your pattern. This is definitely where it gets more interesting for a designer.

Making increases in a knit/purl stitch pattern is one thing, adding them for lace patterns is another. But, I mean, not really that much different. You just have one or two more things to think about.

When you increase in a knit/purl stitch pattern, all you need to do is work the row following the increase like it should be worked as if there were no increases and you've always had that many stitches. It's fairly simple with a little backwards engineering. When you increase in a lace pattern, remember these two things:

  • For every yarn over/increase, there is a decrease.
  • For every decrease, there is a yarn over/increase.
There are times this isn't true, such as if you're working a lace pattern where the number of stitches varies from row to row. But I'm working with a stitch pattern that maintains an even multiple of 6 + 7 in every row, so I followed these steps:
  1. Chart multiple stitch and row repeats to make a large "swatch"
  2. Enter "no stitch" stitches to create the increase edges.
  3. Add in increase stitches, whether yarn over or make one or whatever.
  4. Adjust lace pattern to have matched increases/decreases.
  5. Swatch.
  6. Smile when it all works.
Since we're already into the pattern, first the charts and then I'll talk about them:

So this first chart sets up the lace pattern so that we can get into a repeat. It's the very beginning of the lace and there isn't too much going on. This chart will be worked once, but there are multiple things going on.

Look at the border section first; it's separated from the rest of the chart by a blue border, which shows where a marker would be placed. This helps when your knitting gets wider and you're used to knitting the border so you know when you switch patterns. The border section also has a purple box, which shows the border stitch repeat. No matter how wide/narrow your border section is, as long as the border increase chart was worked in full repeats, this chart will work.

And now we have even more fun things happening.

This second chart continues the lace increases. You can knit this chart as many times as you'd like, with the following instructions: Work Rows 1 -24 a number of times, then work Rows 1 through 14. This is marked by the green line, which shows where to stop knitting from this chart so that you can continue on to the next step in the pattern for Raven Rocks Scarf.

Want a hint for what's next? Short rows! Who's excited?!