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Diamond Swatch: Alternate CO/BO

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Category Knitting
Sizing Other
Style Classic
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What materials did you use? Caron (R) Simply Soft (R) worsted weight yarn. Not the best choice for this class exercise as that yarn is very splitty, which made the DK manipulations more difficult. ETA: Forgot to mention that I used a set of US 6 (4.0 mm) DPNs. Would also note that yarn with a bit more elasticity would have been a friendlier choice while learning to DK .

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What are you most proud of? The grafted bind off. I think it looks nice and clean with good tension along the BO edge. What needs more work? Consistency in tensioning the front and back yarns and cleaner side edges. In the next exercise, I will try an alternative, no-twist slip stitch technique for the stitch pair at the end of the row to see whether that will help reduce the sloppy appearance of my side stitches.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you aren't particularly thrilled with the look of barber poled yarn, then I suggest using an invisible CO technique (akin to Judy's Magic Cast- On) and grafted BO technique. Socks knitters will have an advantage, here, as JMCO is widely used for toe-up sock construction and Kitchener is widely used for cuff-down sock construction.

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Your sample looks great! Where did you find the directions for the alternate c/o, b/o?

03/04/2013 Flag

Thank you so much!

03/04/2013 Flag

Here's a video for casting off a piece of flat double kntting using Kitchener grafting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP_Bq3iwy2c

03/04/2013 Flag

Here's a video for casting on a piece of flat double knitting with an invisible CO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQOZ8GWM9sE. I haven't yet tried an invisible CO for circular double knitting.

03/04/2013 Flag

Oops, if all else fails, read the notes :-/. Thank you, they were very helpful.

03/04/2013 Flag

LOL! I tried to capture enough detail in my notes in case I needed to refresh my memory, but you still want to refer to the videos that I linked to, below, in case I missed something. :)

03/04/2013 Flag

Thank you for the links! I agree with you, I much prefer the cleaner look of your B/O and C/O. I am finishing my second sample right now. I wonder if I used these techniques for squares for an afghan, how would I seam them together?

03/04/2013 Flag

Hmmm... that's a good question. Are you familiar with the knitted Beekeeper's Quilt pattern by Stephanie Dosen? You can see the blanket on Ravelry if you are not familiar with the pattern. The reason that I mention it is that the pattern is made from 3" pockets" of double-sided hexagonal fabric. You start knitting the pockets with a closed cast-on that way you would knit a toe-up sock and then are stuffed befor being bound off. The blanket is modular, made by joining each of the honeycomb-shaped finished hexagons. To join them, the pattern simply has you use a tapestry needle and yarn to stitch the corners together and then, using the tails of the sewing yarn, create double knots. After knotting, you can trim the tails to whatever length you wish. If you are consistent about keeping the knot/tails all on one side, you would have the option of a rustic look by showcasing your blanket with the knotted side up, or reversing for a more refined look. At any rate, I'm thinking you could join little DK swatches in the same manner - just connect at the corners rather than all around the edges.

03/08/2013 Flag

yeah! it kind of resembles the bind off Nancy taught us in brioch stitch...in the looks that is...other than that, what you did is different.. Anyways it looks fab! good going!

04/05/2013 Flag