After my swatching fail, and then a second false start, I was starting to lose hope that I’d be able to summon the concentration to dig in properly on my Trellis Top from MDK Field Guide No. 14: Refresh. Then I remembered one of my favorite MDK Rules: No project is too ambitious if you crave the result enough. And its sub-rule: Get it together, missy!
Just like that, the knitting mojo has returned. Long live the knitting mojo! In short: I’m having a blast, and my Trellis Top-in-progress is now my faithful Zoom buddy.
Here we see my Trellis Top, getting into Skein the Third of Nua Sport. The shade is august storms.
I have tips!
Markers Are Your Friend
First, a tip I gleaned from the Trellis Top Talk topic in the MDK Lounge: Markers are your friend. Some marker-mad Trellis Top knitters are deploying two sets of markers: one set to mark out the 8-stitch repeats of the fractured lattice stitch pattern, and another set to alert the knitter that they are passing into and out of the 8-stitch-wide bands of plain stockinette stitch that separate the bands of fractured lattice.
How to handle this situation is the knitter’s choice. Using markers to outline the 8-stitch repeats leads to a small fiddle on Row 7 of the stitch pattern, where the whole pattern shifts 3 stitches to the left, with the result that the marker is going to land right in the middle of the 2 stitches of the last Left Cross. Having to reset my markers would bother me. With a short repeat like this, I find I know where I am after a repetition or two, without needing markers.
I do need the markers that alert me to when it’s time to stop patterning and knit those 8 plain stockinette stitches. I need them very much. They are an ever-present help.
You do what helps you. Knit and let knit!
A String Is Also Your Friend
I find it easy enough to remember how the stitch pattern goes, because it’s only 4 different rows of pattern, in short repeats. It’s a simple dance that got into my head after a little practice.
Where I get lost is when I put down my knitting in the middle of the 8 rows, and I can’t remember which row I’m on. The similarity of the rows confuses me easily. So I needed a way of easily seeing which row I’m on.
Who do you think came to my rescue with her smartness? Jen Arnall-Culliford, that’s who.
Remember how she taught us, lo these many months, how to keep track of our row count with a simple string that you flip back and forth? That was awesome.
Here’s Jen’s video:
FOR the full ARCHIVE OF JEN’S SUPER-HELPFUL VIDEO TUTORIALS, GO TO HER YOUTUBE CHANNEL. SHE’S JUST STARTED A NEW SERIES CALLED LITTLE LESSONS, SO IF YOU DON’T ALREADY SUBSCRIBE TO HER CHANNEL, GET ON IT.
This simple trick has been a real lifesaver on the Trellis Top, and of course you can use it to keep track of your increases, cable turns, or other vertical events, on any project, whether it’s worked flat or in the round.
A Note from the Kitchen
Memorial Day weekend is almost here, the traditional kickoff to summer in the United States. Not that we will be socializing as we did in the before times, but we will be barbecuing, and most importantly, we will be eating baked beans.
I want to re-share the world’s best recipe for holiday weekend Baked Beans. Thank me on Tuesday.
This year, I have dried beans and plenty of quaran-time, so I might get fancy, but you can whip them up in about an hour with canned beans, as directed in the recipe.
Welcome, Summer! We have your beans!