People are making Winter Beach! This makes me ridiculously happy. I wrote up some swatching directions to help knitters succeed. In addition to the customary stockinette gauge swatch, I give directions for a shaping/lace swatch, to practice the techniques used in the pattern. In particular, the “m5-3b” stitch (found at the base of each flower) is new to many. Whenever possible, I try to practice any totally new stitch on a swatch, instead of risking my garment.
I made a quick video for m5-3b (aka, make 5 stitches, 3 rows below), and today’s blog post includes a step-by-step picture tutorial. Learn whichever way suits you best!
Here’s the practice swatch, first in Kenzie and then in Inca Alpaca.
The quick tutorial video:
And now, for your tips-and-tricks pleasure, the photo tutorial for m5-3b!
Stitch definition for m5-3b: Make 5 sts by (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) in stitch 3 rows below first stitch on left-hand needle (after m5 is complete, drop stitch off left-hand needle, allowing three rows to ladder down to m5 row)
Step#1: Identify the target stitch, into which we will be working. The first stitch on the left needle is “zero” — count down 1, 2, 3 holes. In this photo, the right needle is beginning to enter the target stitch.
Step #2: Knit 1 through the target stitch
Step #3: Yarn over
Step #4: Knit 1, then yarn over
Step #5: Knit 1 (this is the fifth and final stitch made)
Step #6: Drop the first stitch off the left needle — allow 3 rows to ladder down (they are secured within the (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1)
Step #7: M5-3b is complete!