Posted 12 Jul 2018 by JC
What? You’ve never heard of “threaded stitches”? Well, okay, I’m not surprised; you don’t run into them often. They’re kind of odd. As with cable crosses, you work a set of stitches out of their usual order – but instead of reordering them by crossing one group over another, you thread one group through another. As you can imagine, this can be a little fiddly, though it’s often made easier (and more dramatic!) by working with elongated stitches, aka stitches that have been multiply-wrapped on the previous row.
Some examples are in order. Check out these symbols:
- 3/3 left thread thru = Slip 6 stitches with yarn on WS, dropping any extra wraps. Insert left needle into first three stitches slipped, then pull them over the other three stitches and return them to left needle. Return remaining three stitches to left needle. K6 on RS, p6 on WS.
- 3/3 right thread thru = Slip 6 stitches with yarn on WS, dropping any extra wraps. Return stitches to left needle. Insert right needle into 4th, 5th, and 6th stitches on left needle. Pull them over the first three stitches, leaving them on the left needle. K6 on RS, p6 on WS.
They’re used in the lovely (if blandly named) Threaded Waves:
I like this stitch pattern as-is, but I think it would be awesome in a hand-painted yarn, with a contrast-color yarn for the garter ridges, and maybe even with the plain stitches on rows 7 and 13 slipped rather than knit. Hmm, what do I have in my stash that would work ...?
All told, Stitch-Maps.com now sports 20 symbols for threaded stitches, plus three new symbols for quadruply-wrapped stitches:
- k1 wrapping yarn 4 times on RS, p1 wrapping yarn 4 times on WS; drop extra wraps on next row
- p1 wrapping yarn 4 times on WS, k1 wrapping yarn 4 times on WS; drop extra wraps on next row
- yo wrapping yarn 4 times; drop extra wraps on next row
Why quadruply-wrapped stitches? Because they’re used in perhaps the most well-known pattern with threaded stitches, Indian Cross Stitch:
It’s found in Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. (But you’re not going to find me knitting a sample. Threading four quadruply-wrapped stitches through four other quadruply-wrapped stitches is too fiddly for my tastes. Your mileage may vary!)