Gusto's stitches were developed for projects in my new book, Knockout Knits. I elongate stitches by wrapping the yarn more than once around the needle and then manipulate them on the next row or round to create different textures. You end up with a lacy fabric that is created by these elongations instead of with increases and decreases. Knockout Knits teaches lots of tips and tricks for working with elongated stitches in new and unusual ways.
You can choose to knit Gusto with or without beads! Beads are only used on the cast on and bind off to give a little extra something something to your Gusto. My Freia Gusto has beads; the magic ball version does not!
Knit it with Gusto!
model: Laura Nelkin
photos: Ava Stiles
|22 sts/32 rounds = 4 inches in st st with smaller needle, lightly blocked|
Homemade Magic Ball: Gusto lends itself well to a variety of yarns and I decided to make one with scraps on hand in my stash (of which there are A LOT to choose from!) I chose 6 colors I thought worked well together (some variegated, some solid) and began to wind a ball. When it was time to connect one color to another I used Jane Richmond's Magic Knot video to join each ball of yarn together. You could make this with as many colors as you want; just try to keep the weight of the yarn the same. Many of the yarns I used were Gumballs from Knitted Wit and Mini-Skeins from Space Cadet. Wind a ball that is at least 340 yards/80 grams. I use a digital scale to help with this.
Wrapping Yarn: Insert the right-hand ndl into the next stitch, wrap the yarn twice or three times, as indicated, around the right-hand ndl, at its widest circumference, and then knit the stitch. When you encounter these wrapped sts on the next round you will be dropping them and elongating the stitch.
Thread on 140 beads with a dental floss threader.
Split the beads in half so that 70 beads go onto the tail, and 70 are on the working yarn. You will need a tail about 130 inches long. You will be working a long tail cast on.
Using smaller needle, choose one of the following Cast Ons:
Rnd 15: Purl.
Rnd 16: Knit to end of rnd, wrapping yarn three times for each st.
Rnd 17: [Wrap Stitch, k2 dropping extra wraps] around.
Rnd 18: Purl.
Rnd 19: [K4, k1 wrapping yarn twice, k4 wrapping yarn 3 times for each st, k1 wrapping yarn twice] around.
Rnd 20: Purl, dropping wraps as you come to them.
Rnds 21-23: Repeat Rnds 16-18.
Rnd 24: Knit.
Rnd 25: Purl.
Rnd 26: Knit to end of round, wrapping yarn three times for each st.
Rnd 27: [Criss-Cross 4, Criss-Cross 6] around.
Rnd 28: Knit.
Rnds 29-31: Repeat Rnds 26-28.
Rnds 32 and 33: Repeat Rnds 26-27.
Rnd 34: Purl.
Rnd 35: Knit.
Rnd 36: Purl.
Rnds 37-39: Repeat Rnds 16-18.
Rnds 40-41: Repeat Rnds 19-20.
Rnds 42-44: Repeat Rnds 16-18.
Rnd 45: Knit.
Rnd 46: Purl.
Rnds 47-52: Repeat Rnds 8-13.
Rnd 53: Knit.
Rnd 54: Purl.
Rnd 55-56: Repeat Rnds 4-5.
Rnd 57: Knit.
Rnd 58: Purl.
Choose one of the following Bind Offs:
Cut yarn, leaving a 300 inch tail. String 140 beads onto tail. Tie a knot at the end of the to keep your beads from slipping off.
With larger needle, knit 1 with 2 beads, k1, lift first st on right hand ndl over the second stitch to bind it off, splitting beads so one is on the right leg of the stitch and one on the left leg, [k1 with 2 beads, bind off 1 st, k1, bind off 1 st (split beads so one is on the right leg of the stitch and one on the left leg)] to end of round.
|ABOUT THE DESIGNER|
Laura Nelkin is obsessed with making! She just released her first book with Random House, Knockout Knits, teaches classes on Craftsy.com (there's one on Cowl Design that's pretty awesomesauce), and publishes e-books like Just One More, and Adorn Anew.
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