Friday, May 11, 2007

Up/Down stitch

Many years ago - I crocheted a sweater in an up/down stitch - it was worked in a soft acrylic worsted weight yarn - Dazzleaire I believe. In Denim, of course! It was my favorite sweater, until I discovered a hole in it - I don't know how it got there. I tried to fix it, but I can still see the hole. Or where it was. It's a fairly easy sweater to make, and I've been looking for the perfect yarn to rework it in. So, in my never-ending quest for that perfect yarn, I swatched Fantasy Naturale in the up/down stitch. Here is what it looks like.

I should have worked this one in denim, because, after all, that's the color I'll make the sweater in. But, it looks good in the light green, and it would probably look good in any of the colors. Even the new colors that look like tweed. I might have to make a couple of these sweaters for me!

It makes a solid fabric, but not a heavy one, and an interesting fabric - not one like a plain sc or dc. This might just have to be my next project!

I have some more projects I want to take pictures of - a couple of tapestry crochet baskets, using Fantasy Naturale. You'll see how the yarn really shows the stitches and the color changes.

I welcome any and all feedback on this yarn - if you haven't tried it, you really should. As I've said before, it's a favorite of mine! It's not expensive - and one skein will go a long way. You can swatch along with me (sal).

I'll let you know the next yarn I pick to swatch - real soon!


Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new blog; what an imaginative yet basic topic. I used Fantasy Naturale to make a shrug pattern that turned out as a cardi. ;-) I used a J hook to get a softer drape but the tradeoff was gappier stitches. It's very comfortable, although a bit heavy, being 100% cotton worsted weight. The yarn is nice and soft to the touch. I have been thinking of making some sampler square pillows with a tighter gauge... sort of glorified swatches! PS What is the stitch pattern in your up/down stitch?

Marty Miller said...

Hi Marianne,
The up/down stitch is worked on an even number of stitches. You start each row with a sc, then dc in the next st, sc in the next, dc in the next, etc., to the end of the row. The next row, repeat - sc, dc, sc, dc, etc. What you are doing is a sc in the dc of the row below, and a dc in the sc of the row below.
I usually use an H hook with Fantasy Naturale, but go to an I hook for a lacier look - taking into account it's weight and "stretch".
I'd love to see pictures of your shrug/sweater, or any swatching you've done with this yarn, and if you give me permission, I'll post them.
Thanks for the comments! Marty

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Angela said...

It's also called the griddle stitch, I have used it to design a few pieces. It makes a wonderful fabric. Congrats on your blog. Angela

Patrice said...

Hi Marty! That's a really cool stitch pattern. I crocheted a skirt for my daughter using that stitch. Check out my blog to see. I also just finished making your Spiderweb Cardigan which I was so delighted to see a pattern for in Interweave Crochet Spring 2007.

Patrice said...

Sorry, clicked the publish comment before I could provide an url for my blog: