Three-and-one tweed

Name: Three-and-one tweed

Repeat numbers: 4+3 stitches, 4 rows.
This means that if you want the pattern to be symmetrical on both edges, you needs to work over a number of stitches that is a multiple of 4+3.
The height of the pattern is only 4 rows, so you will be repeating them over and over again.

Instructions:

Cast on a multiple of 4+3 stitches with color B and knit one row.
Row 1 (with color A): *K3, sl1 wyib*, repeat *-* to the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 2 (with color A): *K3, sl1 wyif*, repeat *-* to the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 3 (with color B): K1, sl1 wyib *K3, sl1 wyib*, repeat *-* to the last stitch, K1
Row 4 (with color B): K1, sl1 wyif *K3, sl1 wyif*, repeat *-* to the last stitch, K1
Repeat rows 1-4 to desired length.

sl1 wyib: slip 1 with yarn in back – you slip on stitch purlwise with the yarn behind the work (away from you)
sl1 wyif : slip 1 with yarn in front – you slip one stitch purlwise with the yarn in front of the work (towards you)

How it’s made – in plain words:
If you work flat, you knit 3 and slip one and do the same on the return row.
The only thing that changes is where you hold the yarn when you’re slipping the stitches. The floats are running on the wrong side of your work all the time.
On the next two rows you move the slipped stitch over, so that it falls between the slipped stitches from the previous rows.

What to knit with it

Flat non-curling borders on (almost) everything. Cowls (knitted flat and them seamed).
Pattern blocks in the middle of a sweater front, on the back of a pair of mittens.

Pros:
Lies flat with minimal blocking
Easy to execute and memorize
Integrates beautifully with garter stitch, both vertically and horizontally

Cons: The wrong side is not pretty
It takes a lot of rows to produce a few inches of finished fabric
Not very elastic

Three-and-one-tweed in three colors

Variations:
Try knitting three-and-one tweed in three colors.
It makes a really intricate looking pattern made with very little effort.
Just be sure to carry the unused yarns loosely up the side of the work, and change colors in the same way every time to make a nice braided edge.

Try knitting it in only one color to really show off the cool texture – it doesn’t have to be seen as a color change pattern.
That variation actually has it’s own name and is known as just three-and-one.

If you wanted to go really crazy with three-and-one tweed, try knitting it in a large number of colors.
Every uneven number of colors will do – an even number of color will make the colors stack and form lines (as in the two-colored version) – and of course you can cut and reattach the yarns if you want to or if the tangling of yarn balls becomes too much for you along the way.

What to do with those special skeins?

Does your stash look a little bit like mine?

There is some workhorse wool bought on sale.

A lot of leftovers from tons of projects of all kinds – not enough to make something substantial with, but too much to just throw away.
Wait – is that even allowed? Can your actually throw away yarn? Anyway…

And then there are the gems.
The special skeins.
Bought on trips.
From small independent dyers.
To celebrate something.
Or to brighten up an awful day.
They were not cheap.
Not cheap at all!
In fact some of them were so expensive that it feels a bit intimidating to even wind them up.

Of course they deserve the perfect project – but what pattern will ever be good enough?

No question that they deserve the best of knitting skills – but will I ever be that good at knitting?

And they are so incredibly beautiful in their hanks of my shelf – how can I be anything but disappointed with the finished piece?

If you think something along these lines when you look at your stash – welcome to the club!

But what do you do with those special skeins?

As I see it, you have 3 options:

  1. keep your gems as unicornlike treasures.
    Pet them and smile at them.
    Let their beauty light you up when you need it.
    Put them in a nice bowl and place them in a prominent place where you are sure to see it every single day.
    Make the decision that this is not yarn for knitting, this is yarn for decoration.
    No, the knitting police will not come after you if you do this.
    You have the power to choose what to do with your yarn.
    And honestly, don’t we all need just a little bit more beauty in our daily lives?
  2. knit something.
    Go to ravelry (or wherever you like to go looking for patterns).
    Search for patterns that matches the yarn weight and amount you have. Pick one and knit it.
    Remind yourself that nothing knitted has to be permanent.
    You can change your mind at anytime.
    Unravel, pick another pattern, and start again – no one will ever have to know…
  3. get to know them.
    Pick out one gem and wind it up into a ball that you actually knit from.
    Knit a bit with it.
    Get a feeling for the yarn and let your mind wander… what does this particular skein of yarn want to become?
    “Say WHAT?!?”
    I can hear you.
    But I promise you, I haven’t lost my mind (not more than usual anyway…)
    If you are not use to thinking about yarn is this way, I get that it sounds weird.
    But let me tell you, every successful project of mine began this way…

What do you choose?

Comment below.
And please, show me your gems on Instagram – tag me and use #myspecialskeins – I can wait to see what beauties live in your stash.