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Knitting a knit-purl design with Truva (start with a sample)

by Cynthia MacDougall

This series of posts talks about Truva by Universal Yarn, with an unusual blend of cotton and cashmere. Along the way, I’m exploring some of its practical applications. The last post focused on the way this soft, heathery yarn knits up, and in the first post of the series, I described the characteristics of Truva’s fibers and the way they’re spun.

Six balls of yarn are lined up in a white box with the labels turned away to show the heathery effects of Truva; Truva by Universal Yarn

I’ve turned the balls of Truva around so you can see their full, heathery splendor! From left to right, Medallion, Aegean, Sandstone, Chambray, Harbor, and Mandarin. The only two colors not in this photo are Crocus and Stormcloud!

Along the way, I’ve employed some of the wonderful stitch patterns found in Barbara G. Walker’s first knitting book, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Any good stitch dictionary offers as many or more opportunities to explore. Today, I’ve chosen two knit-purl designs: the double seed stitch, which I’ll use for the borders, and the squared check pattern from page 19 of my copy of the Walker Treasury.

A book with a pale blue cover with a photograph of knitted lace down the left side. The title reads A Treasury of Knitting Patterns in a black box about ⅓ of the way down the right side of the cover. Sticky flags are popping out of the side and top of the pages; Truva by Universal Yarn

The many sticky flags sticking out of this much-loved book speak to the hours I have spent ‘doodling with yarn’ over the years.

As I did with the stockinette stitch sample I made in my last post, I used 4mm needles, and came up with a gauge/ tension of 23 sts to 4” [10cm].

To create my sample, I took the repeat of the pattern (multiple of 10 + 2) and added my borders, each of which has 10 stitches. I decided to put 3 repeats of the pattern (32 stitches) in the center, so I cast on a total of 52 stitches.

The following instructions and two or three balls of Truva make a satisfactory dress scarf as written. A confident knitter who wants to make a wider scarf can cast on an additional 10 sts and purchase 4 or 5 balls of Truva. Also, they must remember to make adjustments to the bottom, top, and side borders to maintain the double seed stitch ‘frame’.

Bottom border

Row 1: *k2, p2; rep from *.

Row 2: *k2, p2; rep from *.

Row 3: *p2, k2; rep from *.

Row 4: *p2, k2; rep from *.

Rep Rows 1-4, then work rows 1 and 2.


Row 1: (p2, k2) twice, p2, k to last 8 sts, (p2, k2) twice.

Row 2: (p2, k2) twice, p to last 10 sts, (k2, p2) twice, k2.

Row 3: (k2, p2) twice, k4, *p8, k2; rep from * to last 10 sts, (p2, k2) twice, p2.

Row 4: (k2, p2) 3 times, *k8, p2; rep from * to last 10 sts, (p2, k2) twice, p2.

Row 5: (p2, k2) 3 times, *p2, k4, p2, k2; rep from * to last 10 sts, (k2, p2) twice, k2.

Row 6: (p2, k2) twice, p4, *k2, p4, k2, p2; rep from * to last 10 sts, (k2, p2) twice, k2.

Row 7: (k2, p2) twice, K4, *p2, k4, p2, k2; rep from * to last 10 sts, (p2, k2) twice, p2.

Row 8: (k2, p2) three times, *k2, p4, k2, p2; rep from *to last 10 sts, (p2, k2) twice, p2.

Row 9: as Row 5.

Row 10: as Row 6.

Row 11: as Row 3.

Row 12: as Row 4.

Repeat these 12 rows as long as desired. Work Rows 1 and 2 to balance the bottom and top ends of the body.

Top border

Beg with Row 1, work 10 rows as for the bottom border. Cast off all sts and weave in ends.

A knitted sample on a white background shows slightly undulating sides where the ‘box in a box’ center panel (3 repeats wide by 3 repeats high) draws the yarn in slightly. The center panel is surrounded by double seed stitch which complements the boxy center of the work; Truva by Universal Yarn

The finished sample was not blocked. It shows that a bit of body can be knitted in, to add to the texture of Truva’s heathery tones.

I believe that if a knitter never learns to do a yarn over or a cable, there are enough ways to combine knit and purl stitches to knit for a lifetime. I am thoroughly enjoying working with Truva by Universal Yarn. For my next post, I’m doing a yarn over pattern, and cables in the one after that!

This is part 3 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 2: Knitting needles for the new TRUVA yarn: How to pick the right size

Go to part 4: Knitting lace with the NEW Universal Yarn Truva (free pattern!)


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