Knitting lace – how to work multiple decreases

by Ewelina Murach on June 9, 2016

leaf lace cardigan by Ewelina MurachThis tutorial demonstrates how to work multiple decreases you will need to use to work the lace panel in Leaf Lace Cardigan. (You can find kids’ version here and adult version here).

Stitches included in the tutorial:

dec7to1R − decrease 7 stitches to 1 right − 6 stitches decreased

dec7to1L − decrease 7 stitches to 1 left − 6 stitches decreased

dec4to1R − decrease 4 stitches to 1 right − 3 stitches decreased

dec4to1L − decrease 4 stitches to 1 left − 3 stitches decreased

cdd − centered double decrease − 2 stitches decreased

You can download the tutorial in pdf format here: KNITTING LACE – multiple decrerases tutorial by Ewelina Murach 6April2016


Dec7to1R – decrease 7 stitches to 1, right slanting

dec7to1R pict 11. The first 7 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the right.

dec7to1R pict22. Knit stitch 1.

dec7to1R pic33. Slip the stitch back to the left needle, inserting the needle in the front of the stitch.

dec7to1R 4 4. Insert the right needle into the back of stitch 2, then pass the stitch over stitch 1.

dec7to1R 55. Repeat for stitches 3-7. You have decreased 6 stitches.

dec7to1R 6 web6. Slip the stitch to the right needle inserting the needle into the back of the stitch, with yarn at the back.


Dec7to1L – decrease 7 stitches to 1, left slanting

dec7to1L pict 11.The first 7 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the left.

dec7to1L 2 2. Slip stitches 1-6 to the right needle knitwise (inserting the right needle into the fronts of the stitches).

dec7to1L 3 3. Knit stitch 7.

Dec7to1L 44. Insert the left needle into the front of stitch 6, then pass the stitch over stitch 7.

dec7to1L 55. One stitch has been decreased.

DEC7to1L 6 6. Repeat step 4 for stitches 5-1. You have decreased 6 stitches.


Dec4to1R – decrease 4 stitches to 1, right slanting

dec4to1R

1. The first 4 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the right.

dec4R 2

2. Knit stitch 1.

DEC4L 3

3. Slip the stitch back to the left needle, inserting the needle in the front of the stitch.

4

4. Insert the right needle into the back of stitch 2, then pass the stitch over stitch 1.

5

5. Repeat for stitches 3-4. You have decreased 3 stitches.

6

6. Slip the new stitch to the right needle inserting the needle into the back of the stitch, with yarn at the back.


Dec4to1L – decrease 4 stitches to 1, left slanting

dec4to1R

1. The first 4 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch, the new stitch will slant to the left.
dec4to1L

2. Slip stitches 1-3 to the right needle knitwise (inserting the right needle into the fronts of the stitches).

3

3. Knit stitch 4.

4

4 – 5. Insert the left needle into the front of stitch 3, then pass the stitch over stitch 4.

5

66. Repeat for stitches 2-1. You have decreased 3 stitches.


Cdd – centered (or central) double decreasecdd centered double decrease

1. The first 3 stitches on the left needle will be decreased to 1 stitch.

2

2. Insert the right needle into the fronts of stitches 1 and 2 as if to knit them together, but do not work them.

3

3. Slip the 2 stitches to the right needle.

4

4. Knit stitch 3.

5

5. Pass stitches 1-2 over the knit stitch.

6

6. The centre stitch is on top, the 2 side stitches have been decreased.


Other decreases

Sssk (=dec3to1L ) − work as dec4to1L, but use 3 stitches instead of 4.

Dec5to1R − work as dec4to1R, but use 5 stitches instead of 4.

Dec5to1L − work as dec4to1L, but use 5 stitches instead of 4.

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My new pattern is in Knitty Spring Summer 2016!

by Ewelina Murach on March 20, 2016

My new pattern, Stiorra is in Knitty Spring Summer 2016!

I had to keep it a secret (and that REALLY hurt!), but now I can show you what I worked on in December and January. It is my first big project since my son was born in 2014.

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

I wanted a light tee that would be loose and comfortable, but at the same time feminine, with interesting detail and flattering on most body shapes – it had to be suitable for both my slim and very tall daughter, and for the large size me.

I had a general idea of what it was going to look like – stockinette stitch with a bit of lace, but was not sure about detail – until I saw Malabrigo Lace in Jacinto. I fell in love with the colour, and everything somehow fell in place: the construction, the lace pattern at the back and on the sleeves seemed to naturally go together.

As with most of my knitting experiments, I tried my idea out making a smaller version for my daughter first. The experiment was successful – Monika loved her sweater, so I ordered more yarn, this time Malabrigo Lace in Pearl, for my own version. I also bought audio versions of several books in the series I was addicted to at the time, The Last Kingdom, so I wouldn’t fall asleep knitting at night – the only time when I could fully concentrate on the lace pattern, without the ‘help’ of my 1-year old son. By the way, Stiorra is one of the characters in the series.

Here are some more photos of Monika in her sweater – she’s so thrilled to be in a ‘real’ magazine I am sure she has given the link to Knitty to half of her school.

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

And here’s my short-sleeved tee. I am considering adding long sleeves, but haven’t decided yet (so little time, so many ideas…).

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

Horizontal rib neckband

After I had made the whole sweater, I realised 1×1 rib I used to finish sleeves and lower edge, wouldn’t really work as a neckband made in loosely knitted lace yarn – it would be far too stretchy. So after some experimenting, I decided to use horizontal rib, worked by alternating bind off rounds, pick up, and knit rounds with decreases – to prevent the neck from stretching. (It’s a slightly modified version of the rib I used in Sunny). You can view a step by step photo tutorial here, or click on the link below to download a pdf version of the tutorial: Horizontal Rib Tutorial by Ewelina Murach 20March2016.

STIORRA by Ewelina Murach

Written instructions for the Back Lace Pattern

Written instructions for the Back lace pattern are not included on Knitty – the pattern is very long as it is. Here is a PDF with the written instructions for those of you who do not like charts: STIORRA Back Lace Pattern – written instructions 9March2016 (pdf download).

Back Lace Pattern Chart

Following feedback from several knitters I decided to offer you an option of downloading the Back Lace Pattern as one chart, instead of using 3 charts: Download the chart here: STIORRA Back lace pattern CHART by Ewelina Murach 23March2016

Knit your own Stiorra with me on Ravelry

Why don’t you join me in my Ravelry group (Ewelina Murach Designs) and knit your Stiorra with me? I have created a new thread called Knit with me – it’s like a knit-along, but without a beginning or end date so you can join me any time it suits you, show what you are working on and see what others are knitting, you can ask questions and show your pictures. See you there.

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