Thursday, June 29, 2006

Working on My Bias

Aka: Diagonal knitting

With basic diagonal knitting, you start at one corner with one or two stitches, and increase on either side by one stitch each side. The next row, you just knit back across. Continue in this manner until you have reached the diagonal width you wish to achieve, and begin decreasing one stitch each side on one row, then knit the next row plain until you are down to your last two or three stitches, knit them together, and bind off. This yields a garter stitch diagonal square.

You can create rectangles by continuing to increase on one side and decreasing on the other (to maintain the same stitch count from row to row), after you have reached your desired width.

Since it’s nice and warm out, and we are all enjoying a frosty (and sweaty) glass of iced tea or other beverage, here’s a really quick pattern for a coaster with a little border around it which is knitted as you go.

Diagonal Coaster

Peaches N Cream cotton yarn
1 pr. No. 7 knitting needles
crochet hook.

Cast on 1 stitch.

Knit 1 in front (abbreviated to K1F later) and knit 1 in back (K1B), turn.
Knit across.
K1F, K1B, K1, K1F, K1F (5 sts)
K2, YO, K1, yo, K2, turn.
Knit across.
K2 yo, K3, yo, K2, turn.
Knit across.
Continue knitting in this manner, with 2 more stitches in between yo’s, every other row, until there are 23 stitches between the yo’s. (Total of 29 sts on the row)

K1, K2together, yo, k2 tog, k19, k2 tog, yo, k2 tog, k1 (decreased 2 sts, one at each side)
Knit across
K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k17, k2tog, yo, k2 tog, k1
Knit across
Continue in this manner until there are 9 sts total left.

K1, k2tog, yo, slip 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)
Knit across
K1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)
Knit across
K1, slip 1, k2 tog, psso, k1 (3 sts.
Slip 1, k2tog, psso
Bind off 1. Pull yarn through last stitch, leaving a 3” tail, cut yarn. Weave in all ends.

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