Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance stitch pattern. www.tabethahedrick.comWhen I pulled out the Hawthorne Sport this week, I wanted to see how a light, subtle eyelet pattern would behave with such a strong, colorful yarn.

It is often hard to utilize different stitch patterns, particularly lace, when knitting with short color changes, but I’m quite pleased with the resulting fabric in this swatch. The soft pop of the pinks/reds doesn’t detract from the diagonal lines of the decreases and eyelets like I thought it would and the openwork lends drape to the firm, structured yarn. It’s just so … pretty, that I keep picking it up to pet!

Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance stitch pattern. www.tabethahedrick.com Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance stitch pattern. www.tabethahedrick.com Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance stitch pattern. www.tabethahedrick.com Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance stitch pattern. www.tabethahedrick.comTry your hand at this stitch pattern and let me know what you think. For my swatch, I used size US 4 needles and …

Diagonal Dance (mult of 6 sts)

Row 1 (RS): *K2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * to end.

All WS (even numbered) Rows: Purl.

Row 3: K1, *k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k3.

Row 5: *K2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo; rep from * to end.

Row 7: K1, *k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, k2, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 9: *K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo; rep from * to end.

Row 11: *K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 12: Purl.

Repeat Rows 1 – 12 for pattern.

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Tabetha plays with different yarns and stitch patterns (that she shares for free) pretty regularly and writes about her experimentation here on the blog in the categories: Yarn Play and Stitch Play. Join her in swatching and playing to uncover the delightful characteristics of new yarns and patterns! 

 

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