This week, I chat with Christina Wall, a knitter and designer who has done, among other things, a project where she "Knit Zimmermann" and share another super-quick project.
I was really trying to make December either all about Christmas, or not at all about it. To be honest, I'm hung up right now on both personal Christmas knitting and a secret project. So, I turned out this simple coffee cuff that's almost as fast to make as it is to talk about.
There is a level of too-much thinking behind it, though. Basically, I thought about what causes a jog when you are working a knit-purl stitch pattern in the round. The beginning and end of the round sometimes looks strange. This is because knitting in the round, instead of progressing in a perfect round-over-round way, actually grows in a series of closely-stacked spirals.
We see a jog in the knitting when the spiral is interrupted by something like the imaginary beginning of a new round. This is an even bigger problem with color changes in-between rounds, and there are a few ways to deal with those. Some of my favorites are the "picture frame" method and the others described here.
I worked around this problem by removing the beginning of the round altogether. I cast on 37 stitches, one more than I knew would create a normal 4-stitch ribbing, and worked purl 1, knit 3 around until I was ready to stop. Then, I cast off. I call it "Right Out of Phase," because it is out of phase and swirls to the up and the right. I think it's reasonable to expect that I will work at least two more variations of this stitch pattern.
In Other News
Sarah-Marie Belcastro is a very cool knitter and designer who did a great variation on my Tertian sweater. She calls it the Owly Tertian and it is a free Ravelry download. It's a heavier yarn, not lacy at all, and uses a very cute owl motif. Thanks, Sarah-Marie, for sharing your interpretation. I love seeing people use my work as a starting point!
I met with Christina in person and we chatted in a bustling bakery across the street from a place I can't resist. I hope the background noise isn't too distracting.
"I can't put my arms down" is from A Christmas Story, which might be the best Christmas movie you can safely watch with children.
You can hear chimes behind us because we're at the delightful Yum-Mee's bakery.
Stitches and Scones is closed, sadly.