Ouroboros Pattern Stitch
I took a class last May from Cat Bordhi about designing and developing your own pattern stitches. If you ever get a chance to do anything with her, do it! I went into the class 99% sure that I would not be able to do anything productive, and, instead, I have a great pattern stitch that I think is fun and interesting without being too hard. I call it "Ouroboros" because it has to eat its own tail to work (the first stitch of the last round becomes the last stitch of the first round). And, also, as you know, because I am a geek.
The pattern stitch is simple at just 4 rounds long, and 2 of the rounds are knitting the knits and purling the purls from the round before.
The other two rounds have elements that are just tricky enough to be fun.
One round has crosses of 1 knit stitch over 2 purl stitches. To cross the knit stitch over the two purl stitches, I don't use a cable needle. I just skip over the two purl stitches on the left-hand needle and knit the knit stitch, leaving all three stitches on the left-hand needle. Then, I purl the two stitches, slip off the "old" knit stitch, and repeat. If my gauge is a bit tight, it can be tough to purl that second purl stitch. When that happens, I slide the right-hand needle into the stitch from the back, and bring the tip of the right-hand needle over the left-hand needle to the front, where I can purl it easily.
Another round has ssk, yo, purl 1 in it. When I work this, I wrap the yarn completely around the needle when making the yarn-over, so that the resulting eyelet will be large enough. In other words, after the ssk, I bring the yarn into position as if to purl, then wrap it completely around the needle, from front to back, and over the top, before I purl.
I'm working on a hat pattern with this stitch, but I don't want to publish it until I've test-knit it at least once. So, this week, I'm sharing a cheat sheet for making a double-thick ribbed earwarmer or brim to a hat. I'm calling it Orthros, for a two-headed dog in Greek mythology. Also, I guess I just really like words that start with "O" and I'm tired of giving my designs boring names.
This week, I chat with Kahra Grae, who goes by Cheezombie on Ravelry and Etsy. She makes the cutest, most adorable, wonderful little stuffed animals and plants. Her patterns are as affordable as they are cute.
A Little Extra
I made a short video showing how I work those two different rounds in the Ouroboros stitch. The link for that is near the upper-right-hand corner of this post.