By Loretta Crowder
Unfortunately, a lot of the stitches are not new - it is just that the typical knitter has never worked or heard of these stitches previously. For example, the lotus flower stitch has been around for a long time now but a lot of home knitters have had no experience with it. To me, the lotus flower stitch is a tight fabric that resembles interlocking flower blossoms. This stitch looks fantastic on scarves, shawls, wraps, and blankets plus a whole lot more than I can think of at this moment.
I admit that this may be a hard stitch until you have done this particular stitch a few times; but the effort is well worth your trouble, but bear in mind that the lotus flower stitch will look amazing on any home, baby wear and accessory project. I admit that this stitch is a bit more time-consuming and it might be a bit more challenging to beginners, but you should be happy with the results.
To being with, you need a stitch number multiple of 6 + 1 + 2 edge stitches. Now, purl all the stitches on the wrong side rows. Work all the stitches on the right side rows from right to left.
Now, traditional instructions may appear like this:
Row 1 (WS): edge st, purl across to last st, edge st
Row 2 (RS): edge st, p 1* p5togm5, p 1; repeat from * to last st, edge st
Row 3: edge st, purl across to last st, edge st
Row 4: edge st, p3togm3, p1, *p5togm5, p1; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p3togm3, edge st
By the way, if you are unable to read the knitting instructions, you are really in trouble and need more help than you can find in this topic alone!
When I refer to p5togm5 in row 2, I mean to purl 5 together and make 5 (purl 5 together but keep them on the left needle; bring the yarn behind the right needle and purl 1 through the same 5 stitches for a total of 3 new stitches; bring the yarn behind the right needle again and purl one more through the same 5 stitches for a total of 5 new stitches; drop the original 5 stitches from your left needle). Honest, this stitch is not as hard to make as it appears to be in any diagram you may run across.
If you are feeling brave with learning new knitting stitches, why not follow a chart to decipher the above traditional instructions? That would be a wonderful way to learn both how to read charts and also how to make a lotus flower stitch that has caught a lot of people's attention.
It does amaze me how many people want to learn this stitch, but don't want to apply any effort into really learning this stitch. They want to knowledge just to store it in a corner of their brain I guess.
Unfortunately, the home knitter who is really dedicated doesn't often overlook an opportunity such as this - they want the completed project and in order to complete the project, they must learn how to make this stitch!
There is a lot of helpful information at http://www.learningeasyknitting.com. However, not only does this website supply information, but it offers encouragement as well.
If anything can be done, you will be inspired by this website to get it done! You can interact with knitters with the blog posts, ask questions that are related to the specific posts, and even leave comments -- what an opportunity when you are learning to knit!!
Check it out today at http://www.learningeasyknitting.com You won't know about this experience until you try it for yourself and what have you got to lose?