My mom gave me an old book recently, with lots of different knitting stitches. One of the stitches that intrigued me was how to knit the fir cone stitch.
It is a beautiful stitch, delicate, interesting and very detailed.
You'll have to knit a few rows before you get the hang of the pattern, but your efforts will be greatly rewarded!
The pattern is extremely bumpy and you will need to block your finished item. Here is an excellent tutorial on how to block any lace shawl.
(In the image below, you can note from the 'back' of the pattern, the bumpiness of the pattern.)
how TO KNIT fir cone stitch
k - knit
k2tog- knit 2 stitches together
p - purl
psso - pull slip stitch over
rep - repeat
sl 1 - slip 1
st - stitch
ws - wrong side
yf - yarn forward (yo - yarn over)
more about the fir cone stitch
You'll be knitting the pattern in 16 rows.
Fir Cone Stitch is a traditional pattern from the Shetland Islands.
The pattern is knit in reverse, which means the first row is not the 'knit' row as usual, but a purl row.
When you start knitting any piece (first row), your starting yarn will be on your left (if you are knitting European style).
As you progress with the piece, you will eventually cast off, and then the finishing yarn will be at the top right.
In this instance, you will knit your whole item, but the reverse side will be your pattern side - meaning the starting yarn will be at the bottom right and the finishing yarn, at the top left.
The image below explains it all.
the pattern - FIR CONE STITCH
MULTIPLES OF 10 + 1
Cast on multiples of 10 stitches + 1 - my sample shown is worked over 31 stitches.
Rows 1 (WS) and all other wrong side rows: Purl
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: K1 *yf, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yf, k1; rep from * to end.
Rows 10, 12, 14 and 16: K2tog *k3, yf, k1, yf, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, rep from *to last 9 sts, k3, yf, k1, yf, k3, sl 1, k1, psso.
Repeat rows 1 -16
Repeat the pattern until your work is the desired length.
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