|I for one love Faggot Stitch Patterns, there is something always so rewarding when you are doing a complicated knit pattern to come to a few simple rows of YO and K2Tog. It may be my absolute favorite stitch. They are open, easy, and don't require a lot of thinking.|
So when I saw this sweater in the Spring Phildar magazine I was really excited about the pattern. I though the faggot stitch with its vertical lines could be slimming on me and it was a fresh and cute look. So while M, read saturday night I started swatching for the sweater, only to find out that the faggot stitch pictured I am pretty sure is not the one given in the instructions. I swatched the stitch that was given and it didn't have the strong heavy line in the finished garment. it had a thin line. Also the instructions say odd no. of stitches where as you are left with an even no. when you decrease. Something is obviously wrong here.
So I did a little swatching and picked a new stitch variation that had the strong vertical lines I was after in the design. The other problem obviously was to find a stitch that had the same gauge as the pattern. Below is a little bit of my research.
Here are the stitches that I tested for the front insert of the sweater:
I ended up using No. 3
|Example 1: Multiple of 2 sts, plus 2
Row 1: K1, *YO, P2Tog*, K1
|Example 2:Multiple of 2 sts, plus 2
Row 1:K1, *YO, P2Tog*, K1
Row 2: K
|Example 3: Multiple of 3 sts, plus 4
Row 1: K2, *YO, K2Tog, K1*YO K2Tog
Row 2: P2, *YO, P2Tog, P1* YO P2tog
|Example 4: Multiple of 2 sts, plus 2
Row 1: K1, *YO, SSK* K1
Row 2: P1, *YO P2Tog* P1
|Example 5: Multiple of 2 sts, plus 2
Row 1: K1, *YO, SSK*, K1
Row 2: P1, *YO, K2tog*, P1
|Example 6: Multiple of 2 sts, plus 2
Row 1: K1,*YO, SSK*, K1
Row 2: P
Row 3: K1, *K2Tog, YO*, K1
Row 4: P
As I was Googling, I found that there were two common questions that kept coming up
What is a Faggot Knit Pattern?
Where does the term Faggot Pattern come from? OED
Knitting Lace (Susanna E. Lewis, pg 143)
MG also found an amazing online reference for the definition of the word "faggot" for the Oxford English Dictionary. Click Here
So where does the word Faggot stitch actually come from may be a little harder to define than one might think. But like many things in history it is hard to determine the first use of the word or technique. It obviously has references to the 15th and 16th century in many walks of life.