Fancy Stitch Combo – Sugar Cubes Stitch

Fancy Stitch Combo – Sugar Cubes Stitch

In this video, in the Fancy Stitch Combo Series.
I’m gonna show you how to work a stitch called sugar cubes. And this video was sponsored
by Lion Brand which gives me a chance to show some of the yarns from their LB collection,
a line of yarns that I know many people haven’t heard of. It’s a luxury line of yarns available
on the Lion Brand website. And I will give you links to all the yarns I show you here,
and the instructions for the stitch and instructions for working it around and the needle sizes
that I used and my nail polish color, and everything else in the video description field
below as well as on my website. Now, let’s just go ahead and take a look at
the stitch. It’s very pretty. Here’s the stitch worked into a dish cloth. And any time you
have a stitch that isn’t too lacy, that isn’t kind of a closed stitch like this, you can
always just knit a garter stitch border on it and you have a dish cloth, which is great
and this makes a pretty dish cloth. This is knit with the Lion Brand cotton bamboo
yarn which is 52% cotton and 48% rayon from bamboo. It is machine washable and it’s excellent
for baby items because it’s so easy to care for. And it becomes really soft after washing.
And this has been both washed and dried. The instructions for the yarn don’t recommend
drying but I did dry it because I need a dish cloth and I want to be able to dry it and
it came out really soft and really nice. And I’ll give you instructions for how to work
this dish cloth in the video description field. The wrong side, looks like the wrong side,
but it’s not bad. It still has a lot of interest to it. And the needle size that I used for
this was size six US. And here it is. With a different color of yarn, it’s much more
subtle. There’s barely a design here. And this is knit using the LB collection cashmere.
This is 100% cashmere from Italy. It’s a super soft luxury yarn and it really is a dream
to work with. There are 16 different colors you can see on the Lion Brand website. And
it gives beautiful stitch definition. And I think the stitch definition in this is really
nice but I think it’s the color that’s making this design look so subtle. I used a lighter
color. I think the sugar cubes would actually stand out more. And here it is. Not that it matters much,
here it is in the superwash merino, The LB collection superwash merino. 100% superwash
merino, it’s 100% wool but easy to care for because it’s superwash in a DK light worsted
weight. And there are 26 colors that this comes in. And there’s my nail polish, I can’t
get over how much that matches. It wasn’t on purpose.
And here it is in the superwash merino. This yarn happens to have a lot of give to it which
means this swatch has a lot of give to it even though this stitch doesn’t have normally
a lot of give to it. Now I’m interested in showing you how to work
this stitch because the interesting thing about working this stitch well is your tension
between knit and purl stitches. And so I’m gonna play close attention to showing you
that and give you a trick for how to make sure that works out well for you. I also have
this printed out so we can follow this. Since there are eight rows in this I recommend that
you use a row counter to keep track of where you are. And that’s it, just use a row counter. I already have a little bit going here. We’re
gonna start with row 1 which is just knitting across. I’m using this beautiful cashmere
for a sample here. And this is just a knit and purl stitch. There’s nothing fancy except
knits and purls. And if you are still learning the basics, I’ll give you a link here to my
basics videos which will show you how to do things like knitting and purling. Now, row
2, we have p6, k2 which means purl six, knit two. And we would repeat from the asterisks
through to the end of the row. We’re switching between knit and purl stitches
and this is where it’s going to start to make a difference in our tension. So I’m going
to pull 6 and knit 2. So I pull the yarn forward between the two needles and I can give it
a little tug to help eliminate the drag of yarn between the knit and purl stitches and
knit two and now I’m going back to purling six again. So I pull the yarn forward. And
I think you’ll notice that you’ll end up with the most drag switching from knit to purl,
not the other way around but switching from knit to purl and that’s where we want to pay
the closest attention. So I just finished knitting, I yarn forward
to purl. This is what I do. I purl the first one. And you see the gap between those two
stitches? It’s because the drag of yarn between those two stitches is longer than any of the
other stitches in the row so far. So I work that stitch and usually what I’ll do is I’ll
pull the yarn back again and tug and get that stitch in line with the rest of them, just
the first one after switching from knit to purl. So there’s two, three, four, five, six.
I’m gonna go back to knitting, so I pull the yarn back between the two needles, knit one,
and I can kind of tug that, knit two, and now I’m gonna go back to purling so I pull
the yarn forward between the two needles, purl one, and we’ve got a lot of drag there,
so I pull the yarn back between the two needles and tug. And the reason I pull it back is
because my finger’s back here already. It just makes it easier. You don’t have to pull
it back. And then purl six. I’m going to end with knitting two. Okay. Now, row 3 is the only other one that
I really have to show you and explain to you how to work. Because, row 3, the instructions
are K the knit stitches and P the purl stitches, which means knit them as you see them. K the
Ks and P the Ps, you’ll see this written different ways in different patterns. Because we ended
with two knit stitches over here on this side, we start with two purl stitches on this side.
So really you can easily figure out that it’s purl two, knit six, purl two, knit six. But
I’ll show you exactly how to identify this because it shows up in patterns or you might
lose count and put your knitting down and you want to be able to tell what is what.
So this is a chance for me to actually help you identify the difference between knit and
purl stitches. This whole side of stitches is all knit. And
there’s the stitch on the needle. We’re looking at this right here and we have a V. And that
means that that is a knit stitch. So if I was knitting the knits and purling the purls,
I would knit, knit, knit, knit, these are all knit. All right, just told you that – now
I’m going through each one. Now a purl stitch should be able to identify it. It looks like
it has a scarf around its neck. If this is like the face of the purl stitch, this is
a scarf tied around its neck and these are purl stitches. So if I come up to a stitch,
it looks just like that, and I’m knitting the knits and purling the purls, I’m going
to purl this stitch. And back to our work here, you see these stitches
have little scarves around their necks, and these stitches are Vs. It was much easier
to see on the big sample. So I’m going to knit the knits and purl the purls, and then
the rest of the pattern is really just doing the same thing and knitting and purling, watching
the tension between the knits and purl stitches and being able to recognize knit and purl
stitches. Anyway, I hope that helps you get through
the sugar cube stitch. One of the reasons I was excited to show this is because this
stitch is an example of helping keep good tension between knit and purl stitches, as
well as being able to recognize knits from purls when you’re told to knit the knits and
purl the purls. Anyway, I hope that helps. Good luck.

19 thoughts on “Fancy Stitch Combo – Sugar Cubes Stitch

  1. One yarn not listed in the description box is the super bulky creme colored yarn used to demo knit and purl stitches. Pretty please tell us what that is! Thanks

  2. Thank you for the tip about tightening the tension when you change from knit to purl and vice versa. This is probably the reason my ribbing always comes out loose and floppy looking! I'll try and remember this tip from now on! 🙂

  3. I have really enjoyed your you tubes. I have been watching quite a few. I was a cross stitcher for 40 years and now have been knitting for 2-3 years now. I love knitting. You really teach and demonstrate well. Thank you for this video! A very interesting pattern.

  4. very nice video. i do have tension issues with knit/purl so that was very helpful. it also really helped to identify the 2 stitches. now if i could count rows i'd be in good shape. you do have a very nice color nail polish on. cute in the intro. glad i was listening closely. thanks.

  5. What yarn was that really fluffy stuff where you were demonstrating how to identify purl stitches and knit stitches?

  6. Thanks for those news stitches.I think it is nice to make Baby clothes. too..  I wish God bless You,always.

  7. I have been crocheting and knitting for ages. I watch your tutorials because every now and then I come across something new and I need help. But sometimes I watch your videos because you are so darn cute. I watched this particular video just for fun…and I got a kick out of your huge sample. Love it. great idea for instruction.

  8. I wonder how this would look with the sugar cubes done in a different color. I have a brother I want to make a pair of navy blue and burnt orange socks for Christmas and think that pattern would be so pretty in the navy with burnt orange sugar cubes.

  9. Well I'm an absolute brand new knitter. Despite the nay sayers about dish cloths, one learns so much from a simple, small project. Following instructions and keeping in mind your tension are critical and can be challenging. If there's stress in your life, just knit!! Just completed the larger cloth with the beautiful edge. Thank you for your fabulous instructions.

  10. Wow! I really can't thank you enough for showcasing the luxury Lion Brand Yarns. This Video Is A Bit Old & I Just Found Out About These Yarns!? I Loove Lion Brand & For Store Bought Yarn I Feel Like Their Non Wool Yarns Are The Most Amazing, With The Most Attention To "Wool Like" Qualities You'd Want From A Yarn. Their Hometown USA Is Bulky & 100% Acrylic. I Have To Check The Label EVERY Skein, Because My Fingers Refuse To Accept That It's NOT A Fine Merino Wool. So Yes, Thank You So Much, I'm Excited To See If The Website Still Offers These Gems ❤💙💜 Much Love!

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