Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Knitting for Weaving
This is a swatch to check gauge for a small knitting project which will hopefully prove the start of a much larger project, namely, a strap for a backstrap loom. I have long wanted to do some weaving, and my attempts to work with a rigid heddle loom mounted on a floor stand have been only moderately successful. I prefer, as a rule, to use my hands rather than a machine (hence my 15 + year love affair with handknitting), and a backstrap loom appears to be my next step. We shall see...
A knit strap may or may not work. I'm not sure whether it will be firm enough to handle the tensions placed on it. This swatch is being worked in double-stranded worsted weight cotton to ensure a firm fiber, and in a simple K1, P1 seed stitch to reduce stretch to a minimum. My first swatch, worked in garter stitch, was too bulky.
The swatch is being worked on US #10 needles. At present, it would appear to be at a 2 stitches per inch/3 rows per inch gauge, but it is not quite complete. I am debating a gentle wash to full the yarn in the interests of firming it up a little more prior to use.
Yarns are a combination of natural and bleached white.