Horse Shoe Stitch

Knitted in a multiple of 14 stitches plus 8, this large-paneled lace pattern resembles horse shoes that are being stacked one above the other.

The difficulty level on the Horse Shoe stitch pattern is rated intermediate as it requires increase and decrease techniques such as yo (yarn over), ssk (slip, slip, knit) and k2tog (knit two together).

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 14 sts + 8

Row 1 (RS): *p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1.

Row 2: k1, p1, k4, p1, k1, *p2, k2, p2, k1, p1, k4, p1, k1; rep from * to the end.

Row 3: * p1, k1, p4, k1, p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p1; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1.

Row 4: k1, p1, k4, p1, *k8, p1, k4, p1; rep from * to the last st, k1.

Row 5: *p1, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, p1, k1, p4, k1; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p1, yo, ssk, p4, k2tog, yo, p1.

Row 6: k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, *p1, k4, p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1; rep from * to the end.

Row 7: * p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p2, k1, p4, k1; rep from * to the last 8 sts, p2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, p2.

Row 8: k8, *p1, k4, p1, k8; rep from * to the end.

Repeat Rows 1-8.

Knitting Abbreviations:

yo (yarn over): wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle from back to front counterclockwise before knitting the next stitch. Then work the next stitch as normal.

ssk (slip, slip, knit): slip the next 2 stitches knit-wise, one at a time, insert the left-hand needle through the front of both loops and knit them together.

k2tog (knit 2 together): insert the right-hand needle into the first two stitches on the left-hand needle and wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle as if you would for a knit stitch. Pull the yarn through both stitches and slide both stitches off the left-hand needle. You have now knitted two stitches together thus resulting in a right-leaning decrease.

2017 Birthday Giveaway Winner

Hello knitters!
It’s been over a week since the Birthday Giveaway began and now that it’s over, it’s time to announce the winner…congrats to @catsandyarn!

Thank you everyone for your participation and birthday wishes! I’m another year older and hopefully another year wiser. J As we head into the holiday weekend, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

By the way, if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping and still need gift ideas, why not knit your loved one something special this year? There’s still time and I’ve got some really neat quick-knits that would make great stocking-stuffers! Check out these quick-knit patterns.

Holiday Quick-Knit Gift Ideas

Holiday Quick-Knit Gift Ideas

 

I’m Back and with a Giveaway!

Hello knitters!

It’s been several years since I’ve written a blog post. If I can recall, my last one was when I had recently broken my ankle (eek!). The thought of that ordeal still makes me nauseous.

A lot has happened since then and even though I haven’t been keeping up with my blog, I have been occasionally updating the Stitchinary. So for those of you who are still subscribed to Purl Avenue, first THANK YOU for staying in touch, and second, you should be getting notifications for recently added stitch patterns. If you’re not subscribed to the blog, please do so or follow on Facebook as well as Instagram.  Another thing, the website has gotten a face lift earlier this year so hopefully the new layout will improve your user experience when visiting purlavenue.com.

OK, I’d like to point out that today is December 10th and it is exactly 10 days until my birthday. What better way to celebrate my return to the blogging world and my birthday than with a giveaway? Like I had mentioned earlier, even though I haven’t written a blog post in a while, I have been active in social media. And it has become a tradition over the years to do a giveaway for my birthday. So starting today, you can enter this year’s Birthday Giveaway on Instagram (sorry Facebook followers).

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I’m giving away 3 skeins of @shibuiknits Lunar in Ivory, Ash and Graphite. Here are the specs: 60% extra fine merino wool, 40% mulberry silk; lace weight. If you would like to participate, please follow the instructions below.

To enter:
1️⃣Like this post AND follow @purlavenue.
2️⃣Mention a friend in the comments section.
3️⃣Re-post this image and include the hashtag #PAGiveaway.
4️⃣Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 20th and the winner will be announced on Thursday, December 21st at 10pm EST. Good luck! 🍀

NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS ON INSTAGRAM ONLY.

Tiny Bobbles Stitch II

The Tiny Bobbles Stitch II is a multi-color version of the Tiny Bobbles Stitch. For those of you who are looking to add extra color to your Tiny Bobbles Stitch pattern, this stitch is what you’re looking for. This stitch pattern is suited for edgings and extra detail add-ons to a larger piece. The first four rows will be knitted in Color A (yellow) and the last two rows will be done in Color (teal). Pattern remains the same as the original.

Tiny Bobbles Stitch II

 

Pattern

Skill: intermediate
Multiple of 2 sts + 2
Color A (shown in yellow)
Color B (shown in teal)

Row 1 (RS) (Color A): knit.
Row 2 (Color A): purl.
Row 3 (Color A): knit.
Row 4 (Color A): purl.
Row 5 (Color B): k1, *(k1, yo, k1) into the next st, sl 1 wyib; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 6 (Color B): p1, *sl 1 wyib,  k3tog tbl; rep from * to the last st, p1.

Repeat Rows 1-6.

Abbreviations:

sl 1
(slip) 1=slip the next stitch onto the right-hand needle without knitting it.

tbl=through back loop

wyib
(with yarn in back)=This term is used when the yarn is at the front of the work (after a PURL stitch has been performed) but has to be put to the back before the next action is performed.  Take the yarn from the front to back between the two needles.

More knitting abbreviations, HERE.

 

 

Diagonal Stripes Stitch

If you are looking for a multi-colored stitch that is fast and easy to knit, then the Diagonal Stripes stitch is the stitch for you. Knitted in a multiple of 3 stitches plus 2 and worked in a 12-row repeat, this stitch requires simple techniques that are easy to memorize. Note: the Diagonal Stripes stitch involves slip stitch techniques.

Pattern

Skill: easy
Multiple of 3 sts + 2
Note: slip all stitches purlwise. (Color A – Yellow, Color B – Teal)

Foundation Row (Color A): purl.

Row 1 (RS) (Color B): k3, sl 1, *k2, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 2 (Color B): p1, *sl 1, p2, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 3 (Color A): k1, *sl 1, k2; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 4 (Color A): p3, sl 1, *p2, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 5 (Color B): k2, *sl 1, k2; rep from * to the end.
Row 6 (Color B): p2, *sl 1, p2; rep from * to the end.
Row 7 (Color A): k3, sl 1, *k2, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 8 (Color A): p1, *sl 1, p2, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 9 (Color B): k1, *sl 1, k2; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 10 (Color B): p3, sl 1, *p2, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 11 (Color A): k2, *sl 1, k2; rep from * to the end.
Row 12 (Color A): p2, *sl 1, p2; rep from * to the end.

Repeat Rows 1-12.

Abbreviations:

sl 1
(slip) 1=slip the next stitch onto the right-hand needle without knitting it.

More knitting abbreviations, HERE.

Speckled Tweed Stitch

The Speckled Tweed stitch is a multi-colored slip stitch pattern that is knitted in a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3. -The interesting design of this pattern creates a diamond-like motif which runs vertically throughout the work. With its most complicated technique being slipped stitches and also knitted in a short 4-row repeat, the Speckled Tweed stitch is rated easy, making it perfect for knitters who are just starting out knitting with multiple colors.

Speckled Tweed Stitch - Purl Avenue

Pattern

Skill: easy
Multiple of 4 sts + 3
Note: slip all stitches purlwise. (Color A – Yellow, Color B – Teal)

Row 1 (WS) (Color A): p1, vb, sl 1, yf, *p3, yb; sl 1, yf; rep from * to the last st, p1.
Row 2 (Color A): k1, sl 1, *k3, sl 1; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Row 3 (Color B): p3, *yb, sl 1, yf, p3; rep from * to the end.
Row 4 (Color B): k3, *sl 1, k3; rep from * to the end.

Abbreviations:

yf (a.k.a wyif)
(yarn forward)=bring the yarn forward as if to perform a PURL stitch.

yb (a.k.a wyib)
(yarn back)=This term is used when the yarn is at the front of the work (after a PURL stitch has been performed) but has to be put to the back before the next action is performed.  Take the yarn from the front to back between the two needles.

More knitting abbreviations, HERE.