A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Follow Your Heart


Despite being a little intimidated at first, I had SO MUCH FUN with Tappan Zee Gone Astray!
Fusion Glass 3601 Buttons
A wonder to hold
Tappan Zee Picot Edge
Tappan Zee Knit One Below Stitch
Tappan Zee Sleeves Picot Bind Off
Project specs and modeled shots will be forthcoming.

Due to popular interest in the Broomstick Lace or Indian Cross stitch used in the sweater, here is the step-by-step pictorial:

  • Cast On 18 stitches (+/- 6 stitches as desired) in large needles with main color yarn (MC) and knit a few gartered rows.  Turn.  Switch to ribbon yarn.
  •  **(RS) Knit 1st stitch on left needle with Ribbon Yarn
  •  Wrap around right needle 3 times
  •  Knit next stitch on left needle**
  •  Repeat ** to ** to end of the row and turn
  • (WS) ++Slip 1st stitch on left needle to right needle, drop next 3 wraps++.  Repeat ++ to ++ until there are 6 stitches on right needle, even the length of these stitches
  •  Insert left needle into first 3 stitches on right needle and bring them over (aka cross over) remaining 3 stitches on right needle

  •  Place remaining 3 stitches on right needle onto left needle
  • Knit these 6 stitches on left needle
  • Repeat the above 6 cross-over stitches to end of WS row. Turn.
  •  With MC, knit a few gartered rows.  Turn.  Switch to ribbon yarn.

  • (RS) Repeat ** to ** to end of the row and turn
  • (WS) ++Slip 1st stitch on left needle to right needle, drop next 3 wraps++.  Repeat ++ to ++ until there are 6 stitches on right needle, return them to left needle, even the length of these stitches.
  • Insert right needle into 4th, 5th, 6th stitches on left needle and bring them over (aka cross over) first 3 stitches on left needle and leave them there.

  • Knit these 6 stitches on left needle
  •  2nd tier is slanting to the right, opposed to the first tier slanting to the left

 Of course, it’s a personal choice, you may knit the whole project slanting to one direction.  I prefer to knit in two contrasting, thick and thin yarns, in Size 10.5 or larger needles to show off beautiful variegated ribbons.

I did not invent this stitch. At some point of my self-taught knitting journey, I probably read/saw the stitch somewhere.  I don’t remember when or where.  I could have uninvented it from the crochet version.  Recently, I saw a version of this stitch pattern in Barbara Walker’s First Treasury.  The knitting guru recommends that I knit 1 stitch but don’t pull yarn through but wrap 4 stitches, then pull yarn through and continue…on next row, slip 8 stitches (elongating the wraps), slip first 4 stitches onto left needle, then slip others, knit them, in the order I’ve shared in my pictorial above.

Hope you enjoy the pictorial. Come back tomorrow for a complete recap of Tappan Zee Gone Astray.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Comments on: "Follow Your Heart" (2)

  1. I am absolutely thrilled to see this! A VERY BIG THANK YOU! I copied it in a separate document and will try this out over the weekend. It is amazing just how clearly explained and perfectly documented you had every step – also the ribbon appears straight (and not twisted) all the time. Sign of a true yarn artist!
    The only way I achieve this is with the following trick: I stand as high up as possible (such as on the second floor of a building 🙂 ) and let a long stretch of the ribbon hang down as far as possible. If there is still ribbon left on the ball, I pin the ribbon to the remaining ball with a safety pin. then I twist the ribbon as quickly as possible (a pencil inserted into a slip stitch at the beginning of the ribbon is very helpful) counter to the direction of “twist” when knitting. Lateron, during the knitting process, I can simply knit on and on as the twist in the opposite direction will slowly unwind.
    You do have such a talent for explaining techniques, Sarah, also with changing and adapting a pattern, and the latter is indeed not given to many knitters. I am in the process of putting together a Sarah booklet on my PC with all those treasures!

  2. You continue to amaze me!! This looks awesome. The buttons you chose look perfect, like they were made especially for the yarns you used. Can’t wait to see final modeled shots.

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