sorry – that was corny wasn’t it.
but just look at it! And you know, it’s the simplest stitch ever, and the perfect foil for a plain scarf in magnificent Splendour – one of the new Lincraft yarns which is just hitting the stores now.
Cast on 40 stitches on 5.5mm needles to begin.
Then carry on in Bee stitch for the entire scarf – which I’m anticipating will be 3 balls for a big long snuggly scarf – but to be honest I havn’t finished yet, and you know how it is with scarves – sometimes you just have to keep going. At the moment I am one ball through and it is 50cm long.
Bee stitch gives a honeycomb looking texture with a tiny variation on garter stitch. So if you can knit you are going to have no problems with this one.
Row 1, Knit 2 stitches, then knit into the stitch below like this:
Just like that – into the loop below. Then knit the next stitch and knit below. – just 2 stitches for that row, over and over.
Knit the next row.
Knit 1 stitch, then knit into the loop below and repeat, knit 1, Knit 1 below for the rest of the row. – see, easy!
Knit the next row.
So Bee stitch is effectively just knitting over a 3 row pattern, the only difference between rows 1 and 3 being that you knit 1 or knit 2 before starting which gives you a staggered honeycomb instead of a rib.
To keep track of that I made a tag (because I’m easily distracted) with 1 on one side and 2 on the other. I also put the words ‘to start’ on the 2 side. I did this because I finish on the 1 side when I am going to be walking away from it, and I can then remember to start on the 2 side. When I start a row 1 I flip it over to the 1, when I start a 2 I flip it over to the 2.
Splendour is a yarn that changes colour, giving you beautiful gradient striping. When joining one ball to the next, make sure your yarns are matching to keep the colour sweeping the right way.
I join my yarn like this:
tease out the ends
and with damp hands twist then together, rubbing slightly as you twist to keep the fibres in place. Then start knitting again, being gentle as you pass the twisted section. It will hold.
Give it a try with Splendour – the colours are just gorgeous.