Embossed Patterns with Converted Knit Stitches

When I knitted the chart below a few months ago, I did it according to the instructions which told you to knit all 22 rows first, then undo each stitch column and relatch the stitches to either knit or purl as indicated using the seed stitcher. I found that very tedious, it was really like reknitting the entire section and at times there was quite a gap between the stitches that had to be converted to knit with some in between that now had to be relatched back to purl, ouch! And putting my hands behind the knitting every time I came across a stitch that merely had to be relatched back to purl was such a strain on the back! I also found it hard to remember the stitch sequence for each column as I was doing several repeats of this chart and I had to keep looking back at it to to remember how many knits and how many purls! So I came up with another method of knitting these, maybe you can give it a try if you like this type of embossed knitting. No need for a seed stitcher either!

Chart A

This is how I knit the chart now: I take a piece of freezer or masking tape that is as long as the needles I will be using and fold it in half, sticky sides together. With some other very small pieces of tape, I stick it right on top of the needle channels in front of the needle retainer bars. I'm not sure if simply sticking the unfolded tape over the top of the channels would leave any sticky residue or not, but I don't want to take that chance. If you can think of a better method of fixing it in place, please, let me know!

After I have figured out how many repeats of the charts I am going to knit and with which stitch number of the chart I am going to start at one end, I write the stitch numbers for each repeat on the tape in the center of each needle channel, like this:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 etc......

Then I fix a piece of cardboard (I use clothes pins!) right above the row that I am going to be reworking and knit the row. I look at my chart and check which stitch number of each repeat on this row needs to be converted to knit and for how many rows. If I am knitting five repeats of the chart, and I am, let's say, on row 2, I convert the same stitch of each repeat across the row so all I have to remember is: 1, 2. Meaning that the 1st stitch of each repeat has to be converted to knit for two rows. So I would go along the row looking at the numbers on my freezer tape and always putting my latch hook tool below the second purl bump from the needle each time I get to stitch 1 of the next repeat, drop it off the needle and relatch the two ladders to knit stitches. Then on to stitch 2 of each repeat if they need to be converted on this row, etc.

Maybe it's just me but I find it a lot easier to do this way. Another thing that helps me if I have trouble seeing immediately what stitch number I am looking at, is to write the stitch numbers right on the piece of cardboard so that as I move it up, the stitch number is always right there above the square I am looking at.

Chart B


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