Mesh Knits have been really hot all year and I don’t think they’re gonna go away soon. Just about anything goes with adding holes to your knits. And the great thing about it is, they are so easy to do!
The simplest method is probably just to use larger needles with finer yarns. A very beautiful and airy effect can be accomplished with this simple technique.
Next in ease would be to use two different size needles: one the size the yarn calls for and another 3 to even 7 sizes larger. These are both techniques that any knitter can do from day one; although you might not want to use too fine a yarn for starters.
Yarn overs are your next best friend with mesh knits. Most people think of yarn overs as a way to make little eyelets or intricate lace patterns, but there’s another great way to use them.
Here’s a quick scarf idea for novelty yarns- or any yarn you have a limited supply of. Adding yarn overs and drop stitches can stretch your yardage further.
Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit 1, *yo, k1; rep from *.
Row 4: Knit across the row, knitting the knit stitches and allowing the yarn overs to drop off the needle.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until desired length and end with 2 knit rows, then bind off all stitches.
Needle in ends and trim.
Drop stitches! I did a design, “Laddered Shell” for a Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2012 story utilizing drop stitches, shown above.
They may seem a little daunting at first. It’s maybe a little like steeking (cutting your knits) for the first time. But once you’ve tried it, you gain a new level of confidence with your knitting. The great thing about (intentional) dropped stitches is you can knit happily away until the last row. The drop occurs in the bind off.
Lace can be more complex, but wonderful meshes can be made with very simple 1 row repeats.
Here’s one of my favorites I used in my Silken Mesh design:
Feather Faggot Stitch Pattern
worked over a multiple of 4 plus 2 sts.
Row 1: K2, *yo, p2tog, k2; rep from *.
Repeat this row for pattern.
So remember, you can be very on trend with just a few techniques to get you started.
- Big needle, little yarn
- Big needle, little needle
- Yarn overs
- Drop stitches