Saturday, January 25, 2014

Knitting honeycomb stitch in the round

A while ago I made a video demonstrating how to knit honeycomb stitch. This video is supporting Honeycomb Sweater and Tam pattern. 



Then I've got a few questions as to knitting honeycomb in the round. I promised to make a video about that too, but got really "gobbled" by my other day-to-day tasks. As I don't want to keep you waiting too long, I'll try to explain knitting honeycomb in the round as clear as I can in this post.

If you watched the video you will remember that it all wounds down to two basic things:

1. In every RS row you should knit every stitch except for yarn overs. Those yarn overs are slipped purlwise with yarn at back of your work.
2. In every WS row you knit together all stitch+yarn over pairs, make a yarn over in front of each lonely stitch and slip those lonely stitches purlwise with yarn at back of the work.

If all this sounds confusing, watch the video here to better understand what I mean:



The problem with working in the round is that you don't work on the wrong side. So the basic things explained above don't apply. Well, almost...

Here are the rules for knitting honeycomb stitch in the round:

1. In every odd numbered round (except for the first round that is a bit different) you will purl together all stitch+yarn over pairs, slip lonely stitches with yarn in front of the work and make a yarn over after every lonely stitch.

2. In every even numbered row you will do same thing as you do in RS rows when working flat. That is you will knit every stitch except for yarn overs. Those yarn overs are slipped purlwise with yarn at back of your work.

In round by round instructions it will look like that:

Cast on even number of stitches.

Round 1 (set up round): [purl 1, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, yarn over], repeat brackets to end.
Round 2: [knit 2, slip yarn over purlwise with yarn in back], repeat brackets to end.
Round 3: [slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, yarn over, purl 2 together], repeat brackets to end.
Round 4: [knit 1, slip yarn over purlwise with yarn in back, knit 1], repeat brackets to end.
Round 5: [purl 2 together, slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, yarn over], repeat brackets to end.

Repeat rounds 2-5 as necessary for completing your project.


Happy knitting!


1 comment:

  1. But this video is NOT about knitting in the round, is it?

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