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CountryNaturals 07-19-2010 12:45 PM

Did you know garter stitch spirals?
I've been trying to come up with ideas for simple projects using yarn scraps that I could sell in my online store. I finally hit on tiebacks and tassels plus flowers and other accessory items. While knitting a narrow band for a tieback, I discovered that it was spiraling as I knit and turned out to be a wonderful surprise. Check it out:

I can't wait to knit up a whole bunch of these and turn them into clusters and see how they look. Wouldn't this make a great Christmas tree garland done in something metallic? Imagine icicle ornaments, too. I love it when the ideas start flowing.:happydance:

suzeeq 07-19-2010 12:50 PM

Yep, if you just have a few sts across, it will curl around like that. A neat effect to go for, can be disappointing if you're not.

CountryNaturals 07-19-2010 01:50 PM

On my next try, I cast on 5 stitches. Slipped the first, then k,p,k (seed stitch) and knit the last stitch. The extra stitch on each end made a nice edge when slipped and the seed stitch in the middle gave it a little personality. It lays nice and flat and looks great.

suzeeq 07-19-2010 02:33 PM

Cool. It's fun to play with knitting and see what you come up with.

CountryNaturals 07-19-2010 03:21 PM


Originally Posted by suzeeq (Post 1295029)
Cool. It's fun to play with knitting and see what you come up with.

Yup. Playing with yarn is my favorite thing. Here's a shot of the revised "ribbon." This one would roll a little, too, but pressing would fix it. The garter stitch one would never lay flat, but I love the spiral just as it is.

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