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January 5, 2006
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January 5, 2006 Demonstrated by Clarene

Clarene demonstrated the bobbles and how to short-row a heel without having a hole and also have the sides end up the same length for seaming (this is really worth trying, I've been doing it wrong for years!!!)

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BOBBLES (OR POPCORN) STITCHES



Here are a three different methods of creating bobbles or popcorns.

Note: These show on the knit side of your knitting. Method 2 and 3 look virtually the same but method two uses 2 colors of yarn, and method 3 uses the same color of yarn.



Method One



You will need a separate length of yarn about 12 inches or so for each bobble

-Pick out where you wish your popcorn to be on your knitting and pull out the center needle. Knit this stitch by hand 3 times.

-Now pull out a needle on each side of this needle (you now have 3 needles you are working on). Knit these 3 stitches 3 times (by hand)

-Now, put the outside 2 needles back and just knit on the center needle for 3 more times.

Return this needle to original position...bobble now completed.



Tie your tails together and bobble is now completed. Continue knitting as desired



Method Two (These bobbles are different color from the garment yarn)



-Use separate yarn for each bobble whether it is same color or cc.

-Decide where each bobble will be positioned in the row and mark 3 needles at each position.

-COR, set carriage to HOLD position

-Out all nedls into hold to the left of first marked bobble position on the right. Knit 1 row to the left (For ease of picking up the stitches below the bobble for rehanging, knit these 3 sts with perhaps a piece of sewing thread along with your regular yarn just as a marker. make sure this thread can be easily pulled out)

-****Put all ndls ito Hold to the right of the first marked bobble position---3 ndls in WP, COL.

-Take Main Yarn out of feeder, insert bobble yarn

-Leaving a 3" yarn tail, K 9 rows (or uneven number of your choice) over 3 bobble needles, holding the sts down with your finger or a transfer tool so they don't pop off the ndls. End with COR.

-Very carefully, with single prong transfer tool, pick up and rehang the main yarn sts onto the 3 bobble ndls and pull the needles (these 3 needles now have 2 sts on each) into upperworking position (you will knit on these needles in the next step)

-Cut bobble yarn leaving a 3" tail

-Put next ndls to the left of the first bobble PLUS 3 needles for the next bobble into UWP.

-Rethread main yarn(remember, when working with needles in HP, the working yarn must travel on TOP of the needles in HP

-Move bobble tails out of the way with a clip

-COR, K 1 row to the left over needles in WP (and UWP)****

Repeat from **** to ****

_After last bobble is complete, and has been rehung, return last ndls to UWP and complete the row with the main yarn and finish knitting the row to the left.



continue with the garment.......







Method Three

(these bobbles are the same color as your garment yarn so you will not have to tie the bobbles and bury the tails!)



This method uses the carriage in hold position and you knit the bobbles with the carriage. Choose where you want your bobbles to be...note down rows and needles on your pattern somehow to plan your garment. For this method, 4 stitches is the width of each bobble.

-Knit to row of bobble placement

-COR, Carriage set to holding position, cancel row counter tripper so your row counter does not advance (never hurts to make note of the row you are on either!)

-pull all needles to left of where bobble is to be to hold. Knit to Left (For ease of picking up the stitches below the bobble for rehanging, knit this row with perhaps a piece of sewing thread along with your regular yarn just as a marker. make sure this thread can be easily pulled out)

-****COL, pull all needles to right of bobble needles to hold. 4 Stitches is used for each bobble in this example. Knit 7 rows on these 4 stitches

-COR...pick up the stitches from the first row of the bobble and hang on the same needles. Push all the needles to the left of this bobble up to and including the next bobble needles into upper working position and knit to the left(don't forget to knit the tread in each time for your marker).****

-Repeat from **** to **** until all bobbles are done, finish the row and advance the row counter the one row you have just knit and engage your row counter again and proceed with your knitting.





Short Row Heel/Toe



This is a very detailed and good method of shortrowing the heel or toe of a sock or slipper and preventing the hole in the heel and also making sure both sides of the sock are the same length so seaming works out correctly.





Needles left of "0" in HP

COR, set ro HOLD

Pull ndl next to carr into HP

K1 row to the left

Hang 3 claw wts and move to keep wt on working sts so they don't pop off ndls.

COL, pull ndl nearest carr into HP, K 1 row to the right.

Continue putting carr side ndl into HP, and knitting one row until about 1/3 of heel/toe sts are still working. End with COR.

There should be the same number of sts in hold on both sides of heel/toe working needles right of "0".

Begin increase. Be sure to have weight at center of working sts and 2 more wts at either side.

This next step is extremely important!!!

Bring next ndl nearest carr in HP, and at the SAME TIME, push ndl in HP opposite carr into UWP.

Knit 1 row to the left.

Move wts so that all sts knit that should.

*Bring 1 ndl to UWP opposite carr, Knit across. *

Repeat from * to * until 1 ndl is in HP at the right next to carr.

Set Car to Knit all ndls (take carriage off Hold) and K 1 row to the left over all sts



Note: there may still be a small hole at the inside point of the shaping. To take care of that, before you make the final pass of the carr, you can remove the 2 sts on either side of "0" ontoTwo 1- prong transfer tools and cross them. Then make the final pass to the left over all the needles.