March 28, 2009

free 35mm film stitch pattern!

35mm film strip cuff

so you know how when i discovered short rows and started designing with them, i went a little crazy with the concept (and i continue to use them frequently in my designs)?  i have a feeling the same kind of thing might happen with slip stitch knitting!  it’s not like i didn’t know the technique existed before – i’d been familiar with patterns like star’s band cuffs, but i had never actually knit a pattern using slip stitch colorwork.  when i bought ysolda’s whimsical little knits pattern set, i was immediately drawn to cairn; i read the pattern and started daydreaming about slip stitch knitting.

35mm film strip cuff

i was eager to try the technique on a small scale, and when this film strip idea popped into my head i got super excited and worked it up as soon as i could find a little time.  i made a wrist warmer cuff thing, with one color film strip, and one black and white strip.  when i told pete about my knit film plan, he’s the one who came up with the idea to embroider photos on to the strips!  genius!!  i’m so lucky to have a creative mind to brainstorm with; the photos really make it work! here it is pre-photos:

blank film cuff blank film cuff

this being a slip stitch pattern means that you never have carry more than one color at a time – the film holes appear like stranded colorwork, but you are actually only working with one color per row.  it’s like magic!  so this is a fabulous beginner knitter pattern – you basically just need to know how to knit and purl.  when the pattern says to slip a stitch, you just move the next stitch from the left needle to the right without knitting into it.

35mm film strip cuff

i designed the pattern in the round, and it definitely will work best that way.  i rewrote a second version to be worked flat, but the yarn will have to be cut several times throughout the repeats, which means lots of ends to weave in (no fun!).  so i recommend knitting this pattern in the round if you can.  i think it would be awesome in a hat (someday i’ll make one!!) and i’m sure sock knitters could do great things with it!  you could totally make fingerless mitts by knitting wrist warmer parts the same as mine, then adding hand/thumb parts at the top.  i can’t wait to see what you do with it!

35mm film strip cuff

for my cuff i used worsted weight yarn, size 8 needles, and cast on 28 stitches, but i’ve been told i have tiny wrists, so you might want to cast on more stitches if you are making a cuff.

with 9 rows between the slip stitch rows, the film strips are not quite to scale – it would be more accurate with more rows (maybe 12 or 13, just guessing), but that would also make it bigger, obviously.  i think it would be awesome to use much smaller yarn and needles and make the film strips actual size!  you’d need a gauge of 11 stitches per inch, so the film holes would be exactly the same width apart as in real film.  as for the number of rows between slip stitch rows to be accurate, i couldn’t tell you, but real film is just a fraction under 1 inch between holes, so go by that.

35mm film strip cuff 35mm film strip cuff

i think that’s everything you need to know, so here’s the pattern!

abbreviations:

p = purl
k = knit
sl = slip

C1 = color 1, the yarn between film strips
C2 = color 2, film strip yarn

in the round pattern:

C1: cast-on an even number of stitches, join around, purl 1 round.
knit 1 round.
purl 1 round.
knit 1 round.

*
C2: knit 2 rounds.

C1: [k1, sl1] repeat 1 round.

C2: knit around 9 rounds.

C1: [k1, sl1] repeat 1 round.

C2: knit 2 rounds.

C1: knit 1 round.
purl 1 round.
knit 1 round.
purl 1 round.
knit 1 round.

C2: knit 2 rounds.

C1: [sl1, k1] repeat 1 round.

C2: knit around 9 rounds.

C1: [sl1, k1] repeat 1 round.

C2: knit 2 rounds.

C1: knit 1 round.
purl 1 round.
knit 1 round.
purl 1 round.
knit 1 round.

repeat pattern from *

if you’re making a wrist warmer like mine, then turn that last knit row into a bind-off.

flat pattern (not tested):

C1: cast-on an even number of stitches, knit 4 rows.

*
C2: knit 1 row.
purl 1 row.

C1: [k1, sl1] repeat across row.

C2 (break yarn to work from other side): work in stockinette st for 9 rows (first row will be purl, then knit…).

C1 (break yarn to work from other side): [k1, sl1] repeat across row.

C2 (break yarn to work from other side): purl 1 row.
knit 1 row.

C1: knit 5 rows.

C2: knit 1 row.
purl 1 row.

C1: [sl1, k1] repeat across row.

C2 (break yarn to work from other side): work in stockinette st for 9 rows (first row will be purl, then knit…)

C1 (break yarn to work from other side): [sl1, k1] repeat across row.

C2 (break yarn to work from other side): purl 1 row.
knit 1 row.

C1: knit 5 rows

repeat pattern from *

ok i’d love any feedback you might have – especially if anyone tries the knit flat version, let me know if there are any mistakes, if it works, etc.  oh and as for the photo embellishments – i just did some improvised stitching with embroidery floss, but you could also embroider pictures with yarn, or try little appliqués!  it would be super crazy cool to print little photos onto fabric and stitch them on!

35mm film strip cuff

if you use this pattern, please post pictures in the leethal flickr group!  (and you can help support me by checking out my other patterns! thanks!) since this is just a stitch pattern, i’m not planning to make a pdf, but let me know if you really want it in pdf form and maybe i’ll make one.  enjoy!!

Filed under: knitting,tutorials — leethal @ 12:52 am
  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com/ Heather – DollarStoreCrafts.co

    That’s great, Lee! I love seeing what you come up with!!

  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com Heather – DollarStoreCrafts.com

    That’s great, Lee! I love seeing what you come up with!!

  • pete

    looks so rad! i love the themed photoshoot…

  • pete

    looks so rad! i love the themed photoshoot…

  • http://nexyknits.blogspot.com/ nexeida

    i love it , my daughter its a photographer i think this will be a nice knit for her !!
    thanks for sharing your projects , please enjoy what you do its wonderful!!
    thanks !!

  • http://nexyknits.blogspot.com nexeida

    i love it , my daughter its a photographer i think this will be a nice knit for her !!
    thanks for sharing your projects , please enjoy what you do its wonderful!!
    thanks !!

  • http://dindiepop.multiply.com/ dindie

    as I read this article (and not scrolled it down yet), I was wondering if I could use the flat pattern and put up some small photos…but as I scrolled down then you wrote the same idea. hahaha, what a coincidence. I do really interested to make one (or more) and treat myself with new picture frame. thanks a lot lee

  • http://dindiepop.multiply.com dindie

    as I read this article (and not scrolled it down yet), I was wondering if I could use the flat pattern and put up some small photos…but as I scrolled down then you wrote the same idea. hahaha, what a coincidence. I do really interested to make one (or more) and treat myself with new picture frame. thanks a lot lee

  • http://inspirationofthemoment.blogspot.com/ Wendy

    very cool stuff.

  • http://inspirationofthemoment.blogspot.com Wendy

    very cool stuff.

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  • Katiehjwj

    I love this!

  • Allis Jerrems

    Is the slip stitch rows done with a second color?  Or are the “X’ done by duplicate stitch? I have forgotten how slip stitch works and I do like the color change.

  • http://www.leethal.net/ Lee

    yeah, the slip stitch rows are in color 1 (“C1″) which is the turquoise in the sample.

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