So I’ve committed to knitting the Floral Tunic from the gorgeous Lovely Knitted Lace by Brooke Nico.
I’m plugging away and I am six pattern repeats away from the end of the body i.e. quite a way to go. But I have discovered something fun that I wanted to share. Nupps.
They’re those wonderful bobbles but they’re not quite like the popcorn stitch. Previously I thought k3tog (and similar) was the height of creating an angle in lace. These beauties make the lace really textured. And here is how you do it – you knit and wrap into the same stitch 3, 5, 7 or a mind-blowing 9 times. Your tension has to be pretty loose as otherwise you will never get the stitches back off the needle. These massive increases are usually preceded and followed by a plain knit stitch – a bit similar to having a purl stitch next to your cabling to really showcase it to the best advantage.
On the next row (usually the WS) is where things get a little interesting. I tried really hard to knit all those stitches together with a needle. And inevitably ended up with all the increases running off or just having a huge mess. Look at this neat little trick I found with my friend the crochet hook!
It is usually at this stage I started getting sweaty hands. But no longer!
Using a crochet hook which is 0.5mm smaller than your needles, start transferring the increased stitches which will create your nupp from the left hand needle to the crochet hook.
At this stage you will have a little manouvering to do with needles and crochet hook but it’s all worth it!
Now you just treat all those stitches as if you were crocheting – pull the yarn straight through them all!
Final step is to transfer the one stitch from your crochet hook to your right hand needle. And you’re done.
Obviously you have to remove the crochet hook : ) And there you will have, sitting on our right hand needle, a brand new nupp with much less hassle than if you tried to do the same thing with just your needle.
So to recap, without nupp:
It does slow you down to add these beauties but I think they’re worth it!