How to knit a cabled braid

Super good morning to you all!

Just a quick one this morning. Here is a cabled braid that you can use to embellish ready made objects, use as a belt or bookmark etc. You can find my tutorial on how to cable without a cable needle here.

Knitted Cabled Braid

You will need:
Yarn
Correct size needles for your yarn
Cable needle if using

Instructions:

Cast on 10 stitches
Row 1: Purl all stitches
Row 2: K2, C4F, C4F
Row 3: Purl all stitches
Row 4: C4B, C4B, K2

Repeat these 4 rows until the desired length is reached.

Knitted Cabled Braid

I would keep everything relaxed and cast off  loosely. If you don’t everything gets tight and tricky to do.

Don’t forget, you can email me pictures of your finished pieces (or even just started pieces) at katie@buttonsandpickles.com and I’ll pop them up in the gallery on the site.

Enjoy!

Kx

 

 

 

How to knit Double Moss Stitch

Morning all!

Double moss stitch today. Exactly what it says on the tin. Instead of knitting one and purling one, you knit two and purl two. This creates an alternating square pattern.

Instructions:

Cast on an even number of stitches

Row 1 and 2: K2, P2 to end
Row 3 and 4: P2, K2 to end.

Continue until your work reaches the desired length, cast off.

double moss stitch

This swatch was done in chunky yarn with 6mm needles.

Kx

How to do Moss Stitch

Moss stitch is like seed stitch but you work in rows of 2 rather than swapping every row.

Instructions:

Cast on an odd number of stitches, this will make the pattern symmetrical so you can have either side as the right side.

Rows 1 and 3: K1, P1 to end
Rows 2 and 4: P1, K1 to end

Try to finish on an even row as this will keep the balance of the pattern.

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This swatch was done in Aran on 5mm needles.

Kx

How to do Stocking Stitch (aka Stockinette Stitch)

Happy Friday!

Hooray at last! The weekend is nearly here, the weather seems to be improving and I’ve started to drag out the summer clothes and put my warm wolly knits away.

We’re continuing the basic stitches with stocking stitch today, or stockinette stitch.

You will need to know how to knit and purl.

There are two rows to this stitch pattern:

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches

It should look something like this:

Stockinette Stitch

The way this looks will depend on what size needle you use in relation to your yarn size. This was knit using the needle size specified on the yarn band. If you went up to a larger size you would get a more open fabric and the Vs would be less pronounced.

The reverse of this fabric is also used in knitted items, I have found it frequently in cabled patterns as a background to show the cable off nicely. Although it looks similar to garter stitch it is usually a little neater and will really make the cables pop.

Reverse Stockinette Stitch

If you want to knit stocking stitch in the round, either on a circular needle or a set of double pins, just keep knitting. No need to purl every other row as you are always knitting the same side of the fabric.

Pop us some pictures or share your uses of stocking stitch in the comments section below.

Have a lovely weekend, see you soon!

Kx