Knitwear Designer//Pattern Drafter//Author//Teacher

magic has it's place.

have you seen this?  i mean, i know it’s six years old but… what evs.  it’s still pretty damn magical and really, really versatile.  why can’t you make leg warmers this way?  why can’t you make hats this way you know, for your sister who had twins.  why wouldn’t you just start knitting two of everything!?

so, for my first ever official monday…. i present this.

after knitting this little swatch i can tell you why i haven’t seen the method before.  in all of my web crawling and knitting related searches it was the first time this particular method arose… because it’s a bitch.  not the actual knitting - the cast-on.  i tried following the pattern as written and thought i was off to a good start but then SCREECH!  what is going on??? the stitches are going this way and that and if i do as instructed i won’t be alternating colors after the first four stitches!  so, i went to youtube (my go-to for all knitting brain farts).  low and behold.  not one single video demonstrating the cast-on.  there were lots of videos showing how to knit through the thick of it and every comment read, “this looks neat, but HOW DO YOU CAST ON?”  hmmm.  so, maybe i’m not as dumb as i seem.

i cheated.  i cast on this many of this color and on one needle and that many of that color on another and then slipped them alternately onto a third needle.  then i distributed the alternating stitches onto three needles to work in the round and TA-DA!  the rest was pretty easy and it’s true that once you begin you find your rhythm quickly.


after working about an inch and a half i could start to see the two pieces emerge and i noticed the oddest thing.  the inside piece was much larger than the outside piece.  somehow the gauge of the two pieces is completely different.  now, i can deal with two socks or what ever being two different colors as i practice, but two different sizes also?  that’s ridiculous.

i’ve decided that this method is very magical, very clever, and once mastered, very practical - i’m just not quite ready to put the time in to really master the tension.  i’d be very interested to hear from you.  have you tried this method?  what were your results?  

have a happy monday, all! xo

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