Friday, May 16, 2014

Fixing Dropped Selvedge Stitch--Garter

The photo shoot, scheduled for the 13th was cancelled.  The house of one of the models was hit by lightening and burned down.  It was too late to reschedule for the week.  Luckily I had not left yet.  It has been rescheduled for June 10th and to save me a trip, the selection meeting has been set for June 9th.  I used the time to write the finishing article and a few other things.  This photograph sums up what I spent a lot of my time doing.

This is S. Charles Luna, a lovely mohair.  They sent it along with a two other yarns for the tasting.  I am barely keeping up with the yarn!

I received lots of new orders this week as well as a few lessons to review.   Most of my students want the lessons emailed.  If you want a hard copy, be sure to remind me when you send in lessons.  Otherwise, I will send the next lesson, along with the letter by email.  Postage has really gone up! 

This week the topic is how to fix a dropped stitch in garter stitch.  As with stockinette stitch, sometimes it is better to rip than to repair but always try to fix it first.  You never know.  The main difference in fixing a garter selvedge stitch is that it consists of a purl bump and a knit stitch.  For stockinette stitch, it is two knit stitches.  The basic procedure is the same.  You have to ladder down to reveal the loops.  In this example, I am working with just the selvedge stitch, not the second stitch in as with last week's tip.  

Look closely at the loops and you can see that the bottom loops are coming out of a purl bump and the top loop is coming out of a knit stitch.  This gives you a clue as to how to work them.

The bottom loop should be worked as a purl stitch.  This means that you should place the stitch on the crochet hook with the bottom loop on top of the stitch and pull the loop through.

For the top loop, insert the crochet hook through the stitch with the loop behind and work it as a knit stitch.

You repeat this step until all the loops are worked.

You then have to stand back and look at it to see if it looks good enough.  Since the garter edge is sometimes unfinished, it may not be good enough and you might want to rip out the rows.  In this example, I think I would probably take out the rows.  Here is the video:  Fixing a Dropped Stitch--Garter

It is the Kentucky Fiber Festival this weekend.  I plan to go over on Saturday.  I will have salon on Sunday but I suspect most knitters will be at the fiber festival.

Between writing and making center-pull yarn balls, I haven't been knitting much.  I am still working on birthday socks.  The colors in the photograph are very deceptive as the finished pair are very bright green.  Needless to say, all of these socks are for friends who like bright colors.

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