When Knitting and Crochet Meet
My name is Sara and I am the new assistant editor for Knitscene and some issues of Love of Knitting. My first day was on leap day—and there was truly no better way to spend my extra gift of a day! I have been a knitter/crocheter for most of my life and am excited to learn and work with these great publications.
I was beyond excited when the Spring 2016 issue of Knitscene landed in my mailbox. Who doesn’t love a garden party? The most exciting feature in this magazine for me is the tutorial on creating vertical stripes in knitting using slip-stitch crochet.
My friends sometimes refer to me as the “crochet queen.” I can tackle any project. I approach knitting with a little more caution. What a fantastic opportunity to combine the two in this wonderful tutorial where knitting meets crochet! I have not quite perfected color changing with knitting-too many floats. Here, the problem is solved by creating a column of purl stitches and finishing the project off with crochet slip-stitches that blend perfectly with your knitting.
Joni Coniglio describes this technique perfectly in the Spring 2016 issue of Knitscene, so go get yourself a copy! I will share a little bit of her tutorial for you here.
To get started with this technique, you will do all of your knitting first. Once that is bound off, you can grab your crochet hook to create the vertical lines. The piece is worked in stockinette stitch, where you are knitting on your right side (RS) rows, and purling on your wrong side rows.
The stockinette stitch will be broken up with a vertical line (or two) of purl stitches that are purled on the right side and knit on the wrong side. This vertical line will look recessed, or pushed to the back, when you are looking at the right side of your knitting because purl stitches will naturally push backward while knit stitches will push forward. This vertical line of purl stitches can be seen in the first image below.
Now the knitting meets crochet, so grab your crochet hook! Working with a different color, start by inserting your crochet hook front to back on the bottom of the line of purl stitches with right side facing. Use your hook to catch a loop of yarn at the back of the work, and pull that loop through so it can be seen at the front of the work. Again, insert your hook from front to back in the next purl stitch up in the column from where you pulled through the first loop. Wrap the new color of yarn at the back of the work so it can be caught by the hook, and pull it through to the front of the work and through the loop on your crochet hook.
Crocheters will know that this is called a slip-stitch (sl st). Continue with this process and soon you will have a vertical line of stitches in a new color making knitting and crochet meet in the most perfect way!
A few fantastic patterns are also included in this issue that include this technique. My favorites are the Savoye Pullover by Theresa Schabes (a gorgeous sweater with three quarter sleeves and a graceful high neck) and the Modern Tartan Slouch by Talitha Kuomi (a colorful and fun beanie that I can’t wait to wear). Both use the vertical slip stitch method to create plaid patterning. I love it when knit and crochet meet!
As a Colorado gal at heart, there is nothing I love more than hats, sweaters, and really incredible plaid. Knit plaids are just what I need to get me in the mood for a Rocky Mountain adventure. The possibilities for this technique are endless and I am looking forward to experimenting with some of my own colorwork designs after completing these patterns!
Do you love it when knitting meets crochet, like I do? How has this technique been working for you? I Hope there are lots of hats and sweaters with vertical stripes in your future!
Buy the Spring Knitscene issue now and start filling your closet.