How to add accents to Knits | Stripes and Tassels

How to add accents to Knits | Stripes and Tassels


In today’s tutorial learn how to add a stripe or tassels into your knitting. Today features the Trellis and Tassels knit afghan by Yarnspirations.com. Welcome back to another Yarnspirations tutorial, I’m your host Kristen Mangus of GoodKnit Kisses, let’s get started. In today’s tutorial you’ll need a super bulky or six weight yarn, we’re using Bernat Blanket yarn, two balls of Contrast A Vintage White. To get your knit pattern click on the link below to get the Trellis and Tassels knit afghan downloaded from Yarnspirations.com. To make your Trellis and Tassels knit afghan, you’re going to need your yarn and two balls of your contrast color in Bernat Blanket, you’ll also need a size “L” or eight millimeter crochet hook, some scissors and maybe a tapestry needle, although i’m going to show you how you don’t even need that. Ok, once you have finished binding off, you’re going to want to grab your contrast yarn, I’ve got Vintage White, and we’re going to be working a surface slip stitch stripe it’s going to go up and down all of these areas here to make it have this little cool serpentine look and maybe make this accent. Okay and so at the bottom of here wherever they squiggle and come together, that’s where we’re going to have tassels. We’re also going to put one on the very edge here and there will be a tassel on the end. Now I’ve already made up several tassels and I have a way of attaching them without sewing them, but the pattern calls for making the tassels up after you put all the slip surfaces on and then you sew them on. If you don’t want to sew, i’m going to show you another alternate to do that right now. You can choose to ignore this step and so it in later if you like. We’re going to take our the crochet hook this is a size “L” — a US “L” — or eight millimeter. and we’ve got our contrast color here, we’re going to make a slip knot , ok and we’re going to put our hook in and tighten that up and go to the right side very right bottom corner here and I’m going to be holding my yarn in the back alright and we’re gonna go right through this side here and when I go through this first stitch here i’m going to make sure i’m grabbing with a couple on the edge here ok so this is like the edge of your chain we’re going to wrap around and come through the back through the front of this stitch here and then we’re going to slip that first stitch here. Ok ,so we’re going to do that all here. Now this is option without adding the tassel in. We’re going to go through this knit stitch here, wrap around the back, pull through and make a slip stitch and we’re gonna go all way up this spine here. I’m going to show you how to start it off with the tassel and end with the tassel and that way you can get that that solved without sewing. I’lll show you after I’m done how to make the tassel. so hold on for that and mark the place in the pattern where you can get that information and also in the video and you can jump to that later. Okay , I’m going to undo this, meet you back in a second when I’m ready. Ok, so after you’ve made your tassels you’re going to want to have this area here where you have had this top part ok that you’ve sewn it all together you’re going to want to go up through this back area here where the this has knotted off, we’re going to grab those, pull them through like this, and let it slide all the way down like that ok and you can trim this off even afterwards, and now you’ve got this little knot at the top that you can slip through ok very easy so I’ve already done this one here like that, I’m ready to start I’m going to slip this on ok I’m slipping this on to my hook, then I’m going to put my slip knot on, tighten that up, and now we’re going to hold are working yarn at the back just as before and then go through this first chain down here making sure there’s two on here, one to wrap around this working yarn and pull that straight on through that knit stitch here, okay, and then we’re going to slip this stitch onto that working yarn, ok and then slip the tassel on. You should just have that loop left that’s from your from your yarn here in the back. Okay and then we’re going to go straight into the next stitch and wrap around the back and pull it through that gray and then pull through this loop here and do that again go through the back pull that yarn that’s in the back through and slip stitch through the front. Okay and you’re just going to keep going on like this and grabbing that yarn through the back and slipping it through the front, and make sure to check and make that you are not getting too tight but you’re going up through the spine so you’ll notice that you’ve got your main color on either side of it and it’s going to make this cool ridge. So i’ll show you what this looks like at the very end just continue on and pause your video and meet you back in just a moment. Alright, I’m at the end of this line here and we’re going to go in this last stitch and pull on through, okay and now I’m at the very very tip here and where you think okay normally if i didn’t have the tassel, I could just go ahead and take this and pull this on through and break my yarn , but because I’ve got my tassel already made, I’m going to go ahead and put this on here as if i’m going to go into another stitch so i’m going to go on the top of this one because it’s how I did it on the last one, so they go through this little part of already worked in here going to wrap my yarn around and pull all the way through and just slip it like I would on that first one, and now is where I’m going to fasten off so I’m going to yarn over and pull it on through, and then go ahead and break my yarn, ok and tighten that up and now I can actually pull this on through with my hook, and going to pull it allthe way down into there, ok and if I really want to fasten it off I can go back up through here for good measure couple more times and then pull it on through and so now it is nice and attached it’s not going anywhere and then I can just cut these off and straighten them up when i’m done, and so now we’re ready to go on to the next one. We’re going to go down to the bottom again and you’re going to start at one end and go ahead and add that tassel in, and you’re going to follow all this all the way down the other end add your tassel in, and then when you come over here you don’t need a tassel, you just going to attach them so I’m going to work on these next couple and show you what that looks like and where I’m going to finish this one and then we’ll come to this one I’ll show you how to address that. Ok, I finished this one and you can see how it certain shape up and this trellis here this half of the trellis here because we’re going to make this other part that goes with it because these to get connected not these two so it’s got this open area here while the purls were. and the first one want to do is this is where we connected them earlier , and I’m just going to add on this last bit here and go ahead and pull this on through and I can weave this in later or put it inside right now by going like this and pulling it through and look at that is already attached and then I want to grab the end here and have my slip knot ready and I’m going to go straight through this again, ok, and I’m going to put my slip knot on ok, and then go through the top side of this trellis here, alright and then we’re going to pull the working yarn from the back just as we’ve been doing, not the tail but the the yarn here that’s attached to the ball pull that through and make a slipknot. I’m sorry, and make it a slip stitch, not a slip knot. Pull it through that first slip knot and then go ahead and pull it on through that tassel and that’s going to draw this up together see how that attached now and then we’re going to go through that next stitch and yarn over on the back but you can’t see right here but it is just yarning over like this. So just continue working up as we are, I’m going to show you how to make a tassel here in this next clip. Pause your video, and I’ll see you in a minute. To make the tassel you’re going to follow the directions in the pattern I’ve done it just a little bit differently and they want a little bit of an extra bulk on here, and I will do that after, however I’m showing it with this extra piece off of it at the moment, I want show you how to make it like this because you’ll be able to use this as I’m showing earlier in the video connecting them easier so I’m going to set aside this extra and show you that after. I’m going to cut across about two nine-inch lengths here, one will be for the top and one will be to the join here and I want to measure around this cardboard 12 times the cardboard is 12 and a half centimeters or five inches high and about six inches wide just a little wider. I’m going to take one of my little pieces up top here and measure by putting my yarn at the bottom and we’re going to go around12 times, and every time I go to the bottom, I count one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine , ten, eleven, twelve. So we’re going around twelve. And then I’m going to cut this and tie this in here, okay, tie that and go ahead and cut this end here and while this is still together i’m going to take my other small piece of yarn that I had previously cut, and lay this on top, and about one-and-a-half inches down I’m going to tie this knot ok and then i’m actually going to go ahead and cut this okay and then I show any other part of the video where you’re going to actually just work this back into the tassel and use it that way or you can tie it in so in these little parts later on and secure them then the way that you finish them off after you’re done with everything if you want to make them with the bigger thicker as recalled in the pattern here you’re going to take another piece of strand and go around and leave a little bit tail here, and go around six times it’s already gone once around so this is going to be 2, 3, 4, 5, and then I’m going to take this and tie it. Ok and then I can leave my nice long tails on here and that’s what this tassel is going to look like so it’s going to have this nice bigger thicker look to it. Let’s look at it with the rest of my sample. So I’ve got all this on here except for the last one and all of these have that smaller tassel and so this is just going to add a little bit more weight to this tassel and make it nice and finished. So I’m gonna finish this off and show you what the sample looks like after . I’ve finished up my tassels quite nicely with this extra little bit go ahead and finish putting on the rest of your slip stitches and tassels and your contrast color and you’ll be done. I hope you’ve enjoyed your Trellis and Tassels Knit Afghan by yarnspirations.com. On behalf of Yarnspirations and GoodKnit Kisses, this is Kristen Mangus wishing you happy knitting. We’ll see you next time (bouncy, jazzy music)

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