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« on: November 13, 2007 08:39:57 PM »

Hi all,

I am I guess a new knitter. I've made one scarf. In garter stitch. It has stripes! I've been playing around with different stitches trying to hone my skills and I found this one: http://knittingonthenet.com/stitches/littlebutterfly.htm

does anyone have any idea how I could alter the stitch to make the "butterflies" into spiders? it seems that all that I would have to do is add another pair of legs and maybe lengthen the "body", but I have no idea how I'd do that?

thank you!!!

*ETA* it doesn't necessarily even have to be so many spiders. it could be a single one and I'd be ecstatic
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007 09:08:36 PM »

I'd add some rows between each strand (4, to be anatomically correct) you bring forward, and leave lots of yarn hanging loose between sts, then I'd gather the strands in 2 places (1 almost directly above each leg, then again in the middle to create the body) to make more spider-like joints.

« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2007 05:45:15 AM »

The problem with that stitch (I swatched some the other day just for the heck of it, with 4 strands per bow, and it still looked much more bow- or butterfly-like than spidery) is that you make the tie in the middle in the last row.  The only way I can think of to make it more central vertically would be to drop down a stitch or two, work the loop around the strands, then ladder back up with a crochet hook.  You'd need some way of making enough slack in the stitch you would eventually loop from: maybe make a pile stitch that you'll unravel when you drop?  Making the extra joints over just one strand would help too.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007 02:38:03 PM »

actually.... you could make the body low or high and still be spidery.

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Circles are where strands would need to begin or end at, Xs are where you'd pick up the strands on another row.
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