Sunday, March 04, 2007
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
View from me balcony on shore…
Aye, 'tis been a lovely time here on shore, getting them barnacles scraped off me bottom (try sittin with a hull full o' those) and all but 'tis time to set sail. As you can see, time in port has sent me to experimenting, which can sometimes be not such a grand thing, seeing as none of you may be able to read all me shenanigans. Still, hope you like the colors.
When does a ripple look like a hole?
So like, I promised you ripples and here they come. Let's call it the 'ripple effect' and make on like we're up for one of those blockhead-buster novels you hear about. But here's the secret: our ripple effect is a manefestation of that oh-so versitile drop stitch, something I use because it's a drop-stitch gorgeous way to show off diva yarns while preparing a base for needle weaving. Yes, me mateties, 'tis needle weaving we're headed to now. Much of what we've been about on this voyage is preparing for all the surface decoration acrobatics yet to come.
A sneak preview of how these ripples get wovenHere's what to do: decide in advance where you'll be wanting your ripple effect to go. I suggest you choose a calm, still, current place where not much is happening. Make sure your ripples aren't going to appear front and center on your sea chest, if you get my drift. Sometimes a ship don't need more, um, special effects in prominent places. Once you've chosen your spot, follow the instructions for a one-wrap dropstitch followed by two two-wrap dropstitches and finish off with another one stitch wrap. Here's how they work:
- wrap the yarn around your needle once and knit one stitch.
- wrap the yarn around the needle twice and knit one stitch
- repeat above step once more
- wrap the yarn around your needle again once and knit one stitch
- Carry along to end of row as usual. On reverse row, when you reach the wraps, carefully drop the extra yarn from the needle and purl the stitches inbetween. Comb with finger and tug to straighten the drops.
Depending on what kind of yarn you've used, you'll get a wavy effect. Thinner yarns can be needle-woven during the embellishment stage whereas thicker yarns will look fine as is. Your own unique design will determine whether one or many ripples will work for your not-a-poncho. This wavy stitch can be used for good effect in countless free-range projects. In some cases, the yarn will bulge or just look holey. Don't fret: holey cries for needle-weaving. I'll show you how when the time comes.
By next posting, it'll be time to join. Keep measuring and email me if you're not sure about something.
They can even be beaded!
Posted by Jane on
03/04 at 02:55 PM