I took a couple classes at this month’s Vogue Knitting Live again this month, and it was nice to get back to it! I took a class on Japanese stitch patterns from Gayle Roehm, who has translated several of the Japanese stitch bibles currently available and also teaches quite a few classes on the subject. She took the class patterns from garment patterns in Japanese knitting magazines, so they aren’t things from the stitch bibles. I got through all three of the class patterns – here are my swatches.
I halfway suspect I wasn’t supposed to block the modular thing on the left. Here it is unblocked
My other class was on mattress stich, which I had never done before. I mostly just use backstitch or similar to sew my sweaters together. However, mattress stitch turns out to be pretty easy and definitely does look nice! We knit swatches to get ready for the class, and then stitched them together in various ways – stitch to stitch, like you would do on a shoulder join; row to row, like for a side seam; and stitch to row, as you would do to sew a sleeve to the body of a sweater.
I left some of the stitches loose to help me remember what the stitches look like. This is a very useful technique, which I will definitely put to use!
I didn’t get much other knitting done this weekend, but that is OK. It was still a very knitty weekend 🙂 How was yours?