k, p, yo, k2tog, ssk…

k, p, yo, k2tog, ssk, ssp, p2tog, ktbl, ptbl, tot, k3tog, sssk, s2p

If you’re a knitter you’ll understand at least some, and probably all of the above terms. If you’re not, this is “code” for various stitches used in knitting, and specifically in lace patterns. There are many more stitches in lace, but these are the ones listed in two particular patterns that I’ve been using lately. One is something for me, one was for a gift, but it turned out to be totally unsuitable and so I stopped “rushing” it a few weeks ago and finished it this week instead. You can see a picture of that one, but the something for me is still On The Needles, and thus Unsuitable For General Viewing.

This is the scarf that has now become known as “Scarf That Is Not For Mum’s Friend”.


I started making the scarf as a gift to send to my Mum to take to her friend when she visited for her birthday, but it turns out that she doesn’t wear scarves or hats, and even worse of all, she hates green. Well, my green scarf would probably not have been a Good Present, and I couldn’t think of something else to make her in the short time I had left after finding out these important facts, so I sent nothing. /sadface

The thing for me is the one that’s using most of those stitches above. I made a very lacy shawl as a gift for a family member for Christmas and after I finished all the hard work and blocked it I was delighted with the way it looked, and was hooked on shawls. So I made myself a warm one in January in a heavier yarn and I’m currently making a lacy one in 4ply yarn. I asked the lovely Knittybots to dye me some 4 ply yarn that matches my sort-of-oxblood boots (I sent a photograph for her to get an idea of the colour), and she did. It’s a lovely wine colour, with some darker and lighter variations – enough variation to be interesting, and not too much that it takes away from the pattern. You’ll have to wait and see for this one, as it’s not finished yet and shawls most definitely don’t look right until they’re washed and blocked (see Knitwear Care – link at the top of every page on this site).


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