This is another cool way of using the simple garter stitch. If you are getting tired of basic knitting and want to try something a little different then you will love this. I was checking out the instructions on Youtube and found a perfect channel for getting a feel of this different way of knitting. Check it out below.
This method creates a cool diamond shape or the look of woven knitted pieces. I personally am not big on intricate patterns when I am knitting to distress myself, but I must admit after watching the video, I was excited to give it a try.
Different Ways of Using Plain Knitting
If you like the idea of the woven look, you can also create that yourself, you don't have to use entrelac. I knitted strips of knitted pieces and then basically wove them and then stitched them in place to make a cool and yet different looking knitting bag. I lined it with heavy fabric and sewed on lots of bling from the dollar store to house all my knitting supplies. You can see how I did this by clicking on the picture or the link to get to that earlier blog post.
It is nice to try something new. Garter stitch was always considered very plain and many people once they learned how to knit (this was usually the first stitch taught) would then move on to more complicated patterns.
I personally wanted something easy and fun to do while enjoying music or TV in the evening hours to distress. I didn't want something that would take constant attention. But there are many ways you can use garter stitch to make something look less plain. In the above knitting bag, I used the stockinette stitch which is knit one row and then purl the next. The only thing I am not a fan of with this stitch is that it curls and needs pressing, whereas, the garter stitch (knit all rows) does not.
Just because you knit plain doesn't mean you can't get creative with the finished product.
But if you want to try something else with the basic garter stitch then check out the video above to see how to do the Entrelac Knitting. It is kind of cool and you can add different colours.
I have found some patterns online that might help too.
It can happen to even the most professional knitters, that stitch falls off the needle, or simply does a nose dive through a few rows of knitting. With me, I was knitting away one evening, and my cat jumped up on my knee and pulled my knitting and a few stitches fell off the needle.
I thought, great, now what. But luckily I was using larger stitches and needles and was able to "reknit" them using the knitting needle, but the best way is with a crochet hook. So even if you do not crochet, it wouldn't hurt to have one in your supplies. They are handy for blending in yarn ends as well as adding fringe to a scarf and of course, picking up dropped knitting stitches.
The video below shows you how to pick up a dropped garter stitch (knitting both sides). I found this video to be the clearest and easiest to follow and is only a couple of minutes long.
Look at Your Knitting Every Few Rows
I try and take a quick look at the knitting piece growing from my needles just to make sure no stitches did a nose dive when I wasn't looking! This can easily happen when you are working on projects that have you putting your work away for another day. I place mine in a knitting bag with the needles jammed in the end of the ball of yarn.
I had no idea, you could even get these! I am sure if you are a professional and stop by my blog, you will wonder what planet I was born on, but in fact, I truly didn't know these were available. Since I was knitting a larger item with 100 stitches crammed onto needles, it didn't take much for a stitch to do a flying leap especially when the ball of yarn I was jamming the work into was getting smaller, or a cat named "Muffin" thought she should have my lap and not the knitting!
Just click on the picture, if you think something like this will save you from dropped stitches that magically happen when you thought your knitting was safely tucked away! These cute little stoppers are perfect, as long as you use them and don't lose them.
I picked up a little pencil from the dollar store to house smaller knitting supplies like a darning style needle and needle protectors, and the crochet hook etc, because something this size would work its way to the never lands of the bottom of my knitting bag, or my cat would find them interesting enough to choke on. So keep them safe.
Don't Panic - Picking Up a Dropped Stitch
It looks way worse that it is. I also found for this operation it is best to sit at a table and put the ends on the knitting needles and then lay the knitting down and use the crochet hook. You don't want more stitches falling off while trying to coral the escapees! If it is an emergency, you can simply put some painters tape around the ends of the needles, especially if this happened in the middle of a knitting row.
Painters Tape in a Pinch
The needle protectors are probably the best option, but if you need something to stop your work from falling off the needles, wrap some painters tape around the ends. This tape will not leave a residue on your needles. The last thing you need is gunky tape residue. You just want something to stop anymore stitches from nose diving.
Don't forget the summer months when it comes to knitting scarves!
With beautiful lightweight cotton yarns and beautiful colors, you don't have to put your knitting projects away for the season. I decided to create one for myself to wear loosely over a t-shirt. I didn't want one wrapped around my neck as I really do feel the heat, but love the way a scarf dresses up any top or outfit.
You could use this style instead of jewelry, just by loosely and casually wrapping it around the neckline of your shirt or a simple loose knot and have it hanging on the front. Here is the one I created just recently and really enjoyed working with the cotton.
It reminds me of my 70s days with the tye dye tops and lightweight cotton shirts. I am planning on using this with a very plain V-neck white shirt I have to dress it up a bit. As you can see it is a loose knit. I used 3.5mm needles and I added my own fringe. Below is the cotton I used by Schachenmayr. It is 99% cotton and comes in so many hues and is very easy to work with.
Just click the picture to find out more. You can usually get this in larger knitting stores and some craft stores, but there is a good deal online. This weight of cotton and the beautiful hues you can get make summer knitting cheery! The above is very similar to the colors in mine but if you look at the chart below it is actually more the sunset with some blues in it.
Anyways, as you can see below you can get many different shades, and they very much remind me of the tye dye days. I needed 2 balls to create a very long scarf, so make sure you purchase enough. I cast on 25 stitches which made the scarf 4 inches wide, and I went with a 6 foot length to have extra for wrapping, but you could totally change these widths and have fun with it.
Create a Loose Summer Top or a Shawl
It all depends on how simple or complex you want to make your projects. For myself, I am enjoying the many scarves and projects using the simple method of garter stitch which is knit all rows. I don't have to remember any patterns or when to purl, I simply keep knitting while I am listening to music, yakking with my family or watching some easy going TV (no horror flicks for me!). I thought with the warmer weather I would not be doing to much knitting, but as I researched the latest in knitting supplies, I realized you can still knit in the summer!
Some Ideas for Wearing a Summer Scarf
I hope you don't put your knitting down just because it is summer. Yes, get out there and be active and have fun, but those evenings or rainy days can be a time to pick up the needles again.
I loved working with the summer weights, and there are so many ways to wear them and so many beautiful shades of cotton you can use. Get knitting!
Also see: The Lazy way to make fringe
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.