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Short rows & Long stitches

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Gauge: N/A

Materials: 

size 8 needles

slightly thicker than worsted, fuzzy variegated yarn for the short row triangles.

baby weight for the long stitches.

 

Preliminary Swatch

Short row triangles combined with long stitches. This sample was worked using baby weight yarn (at the bottom) and a combination of both baby weight and a thick, fuzzy worsted weight yarn at the top.

Method to the Madness (99% accurate - or do I fool myself?):

With the fat & fuzzy yarn, cast on 29 stitches and knit one row. You will be working 3 short-row triangles (SESSION 5) with 1 stitch between each triangle.

First Triangle:

*Sl1, K8, Turn.  Sl1, K5. Work rows 2-8 SESSION 5, EXERCISE 1 Triangle 1.* 

Knit 1 stitch.  Repeat from * to end of row.  There are 16 stitches per triangle.

 

First Long Stitch Row: (this will be cleaned up shortly, I hope)

In a nutshell: Do the long stitches by working K2tog with multiple wraps over the first 6 stitches of each triangle; then,  K1, INC, K2 over the next 4 stitches; finish by working k2tog with wraps over the last 6 stitches. Do a multiple wrap for the single stitch between the triangles.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 4 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 3 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 2 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches.

K1, INC, K1 over next 4 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 2 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 3 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 4 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches. (Repeat one more time for single stitch between triangles.)

 

Next Long Stitch Row:

Continuing with the baby weight yarn: *K3, dropping wraps; K2tog, K1, K2tog, K3 dropping wraps*.

K1 dropping wraps (single stitch between triangles).

To continue, switch back to the fat & fuzzy yarn and work the short rows triangles. Keep going until you'rebored to death with the whole thing. (I am crabby this morning.)

 


Swatch for a Shawl...maybe, someday

This sample was worked on 2 needles.

Method to the Madness (97% accurate):

In a nutshell: Basically, you do the same nonsense as above. However, the first Long Stitch Row is started by knitting the first 8 stitches of the first triangle with the "fat, fuzzy" yarn. Then the baby weight yarn is attached and used for the long stitches. 

You probably could bind off the first 8 stitches, but having the "live" stitches might give a bit more freedom for playing around with different types of borders.

This is about where you start with the baby weight yarn:

Inc, K1 over next 3 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 2 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 3 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches.

Insert needle into next 2 stitches as to K2tog, wrap yarn around needle 4 times, pull needle tip with wraps through the 2 stitches. Repeat one more time.

 

For the last triangle, work with the baby-weight yarn until there are 9 stitches left. Turn, and work across row by Knit & drop wraps over 3 stitches;  K2tog, K1, K2tog; knit & drop wraps over 3 stitches for each triangle.

Don't bother doing anything with the last 9 stitches - just put them on a string or holder.

The next short row will have one less triangle.