Learn Something New: The Sea-Foam Stitch
There are lots of things in knitting that are deceptively simple, and the sea-foam stitch is one of them. It's a beautiful stitch that mimics the undulating movement sea foam makes as it lies on top of the water.
This stitch is formed by wrapping the yarn around the needle numerous times between stitches and then dropping the wraps as you knit the next row.
I learned this stitch a few years ago when I worked at a yarn shop. We worked up a scarf model using the sea-foam stitch and a skein of beautiful, shimmery, silk variegated yarn. I lost count of how many people saw that scarf and immediately bought the yarn and asked for the pattern. It was a perfect case of a stitch pattern perfectly showcasing a yarn.
The shawl featured in the video is the Ironwork Shawl by Tara Miller, from the Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Knits magazine. Beautiful, right?
Here's the stitch pattern:
Sea-Foam Stitch Pattern (multiple of 10 sts + 6)
Rows 1 and 2: Knit.
Row 3: K6, *[yo] 2 times, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 4 times, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 2 times, k6; rep from *.
Row 4: *K6, drop 2 yo off left needle, k1, drop 3 yo, k1, drop 4 yo, k1, drop 3 yo, k1, drop 2 yo; rep from * to last 6 sts, k6.
Rows 5 and 6: Knit.
Row 7: K1, *[yo] 2 times, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 4 times, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 2 times, k6; rep from *, ending last rep k1 instead of k6.
Row 8: K1, *drop 2 yo off left needle, k1, drop 3 yo, k1, drop 4 yo, k1, drop 3 yo, k1, drop 2 yo, k6; rep from *, ending last rep k1 instead of k6.
Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.
Search your stash for a fabulous skein of silky yarn—I think this stitch looks best with a slippery yarn—and cast on a sea-foam–stitch scarf today!
And check out the rest of the fun drop-stitch ideas in KDTV episode 904: "Oops—I Dropped It!"; it's on sale!