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  • 5 Reasons I Love Modular Knitting

    My name is Iris Schreier and I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  I get distracted, multitask and therefore have at least 10 knitting projects going on at once.  If you are at all like me, chances are you’ll enjoy my modular knitting designs. Here’s why:

    1.  Easy to memorize–there is order and consistency in my modular designs, which make them perfect for knitting while watching tv, or multitasking (as an ADD person I do that most of the time). I like to throw away markers and instructions once I establish the “system” and keep going by reading my work.

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    2. Capture the knitter’s interest–if I get bored knitting garter stitch (knit every row) then i turn my work, and voila, multidirectional knitting saves the day.

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    3. Startle others (in a good way, one hopes)–love to hear people ask me “how did you do that???”

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    4. Endless possibilities–I love the unpredictability of it all, the way adding a simple lace or cable pattern creates dramatic results, and seeing how different stitch patterns intersect.

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    5. No pooling–all yarns and colors look great in this.  That said, you want to knit with the finest quality yarn you can afford, and the Artyarns brand is very reliable for its purity–no synthetic or poor imitation.  Count on our yarn for zero Nylon filler.

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    How to begin?

    Abbreviations used in this tutorial:
    Kfb: Knit into the front and the back of the same stitch (making 2
    stitches out of 1 stitch)
    S1: Slip one stitch knit-wise
    SKP: Slip one stitch knit-wise, knit next stitch, pass slipped stitch over
    knit stitch (making 1 stitch out of 2 stitches)
    TURN: Turn piece over to start knitting on other side
    Live Stitches: Stitches that are being worked on and are part of short row
    Unworked Stitches: Stitches that are not being worked on and not part of
    short row

     

     

    Here’s a brief lesson.

    EXERCISE 1
    Right Triangle (90 degree angle)
    Cast on 10 stitches
    Lesson 1–Exercise 1
    Row 1: Kfb, k1; turn
    Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: S1, k to end; turn
    Row 3: Kfb, k3; turn
    Row 5: Kfb, k5; turn
    Row 7: Kfb, k7; turn
    Row 9: Kfb, k9; turn
    Row 11: Kfb, k11; turn
    Row 13: Kfb, k13; turn
    Row 15: Kfb, k15; turn
    Row 17: Kfb, k17–at this point there should be no more Unworked Stitches on needle. You will have a perfect Right Triangle with 19 stitches.

    EXERCISE 2
    Equilateral Triangle (3 equal sides)
    Continue to knit using the 19 Live Stitches on the needle created in the
    above Exercise.
    Row 1: Kfb into the first stitch, SKP, TURN
    Row 2: S1, K to end
    Row 3: Kfb, K1, SKP, TURN
    Row 4: S1, K to end
    Row 5: Kfb, K to last Live Stitch, SKP, TURN
    Repeat rows 4-5 until there are no more Unworked Stitches on needle. You
    should have a perfect Equilateral Triangle with 19 Live Stitches.
    Want more?

    Sign up for our newsletter and I’ll be sending out some free lessons on Multidirectional knitting in each newsletter issue:  http://www.artyarns.com/newsletter/

    Sign up to my up to my Craftsy class.  Here’s a link to a $20 discount.

    Or check out some of my multidirectional patterns on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/bundles/multidirectional

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