## Designing and Sketching Your Own Garment

June 10th, 2018Hey Knitters,

The knit lattice stitch is a very lovely pattern stitch to create and design baby blankets, Afghans or throws. It is not a difficult stitch pattern to learn but it takes time and patience. However, the lattice stitch is worth the wait when you see the end results.

Knit multiples of 16 + 2 stitches

knit a swatch gauge for example 16 x 2=32 +2=34

Abbreviations:

Right Twist (RT): knit 2 stitches together and leave the stitches on left needle. Knit the next 2 stitches same as the previous 2 stitches. Then slip both stitches from left needle together.

Left Twist (LT): skip the next stitch and knit into the back of the next loop. Then Knit into the back of both the second and skipped stitches.

Wrong Side (WS)

Row 1: Purl all odd rows on (WS).

Row 2: k1, *LT, k4, RT, repeat from *, end with k1.

Row 4: K2, *LT, K2, RT, K2, repeat from *

Row 6: k3, *LT, RT, k4, repeat from *, end last repeat k3.

Row 8: k4, *RT, k6, rep from *, end last repeat k4.

Row 10: k3, *RT, LT, k4 repeat from *, end last repeat k3.

Row 12: K2, *RT, K2, LT, K2, repeat from *.

Row 14: k1, *RT, k4, LT, repeat from *, end with k1.

Row 16: k8, *LT, k6, repeat from *, end with K2.

Repeat rows 1- 16 for a pattern stitch.

Curve or Slopes

Slopes/curves are never easy to calculate for new knitting beginners (some experienced knitters have a problem too). The slopes/curves take some time and effort to work them out to the right shape.

Knitting curves involve calculating series of small slope. However, these slopes have a continuing angle slope change. For example, a sleeve cap which has two curves/slopes and looks like a bell. Thus, each slope has to be calculated separately when adding or subtracting stitches.

In a curve slope, for instance, you would decrease 1 stitch every few rows then, decrease 1 stitch every other row and 1 stitch every 3rd row to complete the curve shape. This method makes each segment of the slope curve smooth and different from each other.

Intervals of a curve are the equivalent of steps and include the number of stitches that are decreased evenly along the row(s). An example of intervals is given below:

A sleeve cap has a gauge of 7.4 rows per inch that is decreased over 5 inches. Calculations below:

7.4 x 5=37 rows

37 rows /5 =7 rows per intervals/steps, 2 remaining: calculation 5-2=3

5 intervals/steps, 2 remaining

Now you have 3 steps with 7 rows and 2 steps with 8 rows.

Now this should read: decrease 3 rows 7xs then every 2nd row 8 xs.