Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How to "make bar" in the Stained Glass Bubble patterns

Here is a tutorial on how to execute the "make bar" step used in the Stained Glass Bubble Mitten, Sock, and Hat/Scarf patterns.

The bars are made on the first round of CC after having knit four rounds of MC. As mentioned in the pattern, they occur at the point of the middle of the bubble below (think brickwork).


The description of “make bar” in the pattern is:
make bar: drop all 4 MC sts down to the top CC st, place the top CC st on the left ndl tip, dip the right ndl tip down under the 4 dropped sts (between the fabric and the dropped sts), pull the CC working yarn through and up onto the left ndl tip, with the right ndl tip lift the leftmost CC st on the left ndl tip over the rightmost CC st on the left ndl tip, move the resulting st to the right ndl tip and tug on the working yarn before working the next st

Broken down step-by-step with photos:
1. “drop all 4 MC sts down to the top CC st”: at the stitch where the make bar is to be made, drop the MC stitch off the needle and unravel the three other MC sts below it down to the topmost CC stitch. (You are dropping one stitch down vertically four rows.) That will leave four strands of MC yarn floating between the sts on either side.




2. “place the top CC st on the left ndl tip”: slide purlwise the top CC st picked up on the right ndl tip to the left ndl tip


3. “dip the right ndl tip down under the 4 dropped sts (between the fabric and the dropped sts)”: dip the right ndl tip down in front of the 4 dropped MC sts = between the fabric and the dropped sts = between you and the dropped sts


4. “pull the CC working yarn through and up onto the left ndl tip”: think of this as a yarn over of the CC yarn onto the right ndl tip, then lift the right ndl tip back up from between the fabric and the dropped sts


You now have on the left needle tip, from left to right, the old CC st and the new CC st.


5. “with the right ndl tip lift the leftmost CC st on the left ndl tip over the rightmost CC st on the left ndl tip”: with the right ndl tip lift the leftmost (old) CC st on the left ndl tip over the rightmost (new) CC st on the left ndl tip and drop the old CC st off the left ndl, essentially knitting the new CC st


6. “move the resulting st to the right ndl tip and tug on the working yarn before knitting the next st”: Since the new CC st is already knit, move the new CC st over to the right needle. The make bar is complete.



7. Tug on the CC yarn a bit to tighten the bar, then knit 3 sts with CC and repeat #1-7. Ready to make bar at the next st:


The resulting inside fabric, with no floats to catch upon:

3 comments:

Elge Premeau said...

Thanks! I finally get it!

nora seegebrecht said...

hey, greetings from germany.. i did get all 3 bubble patterns today and most likely i understand all the instructions, and the once i don't i just have to translate em... lol... do you have by any chance a pdf of those "make bar" instructions...? i won't make it anytime soon to oregon, so it would be nice to have the instructions in my purse while i am out of the house... smile...

nora seegebrecht

MaarQe said...

Yes a pdf of how to ¨make bar¨ would fantastic!!!