Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thankful for the Trick Play Technique

Started the body of the Thankful sweater.  The body is a simple rectangle with a few extra little details.  First, the short edges of the rectangle will become the front edges of the cardigan.  I'm going to want some kind of edge treatment there so these edges will match when they hang together.  This would be a good place for a knitted on treatment, like a simple lace, or even i-cord.  Perfect place for a provisional cast on; there would be live stitches on these edges to work with later. 

But I don't really want the front edges to draw to much attention in this simple, straightforward cardigan, so the edges will just be knit in stockinette that will roll in towards the body.  I'll limit the amount of roll with a strip of reverse stockinette, which will begin the stitch pattern. 

One of the long edges of the rectangle will be seamed to the Sleeve/Top piece.  So one stitch on that edge will be maintained in stockinette stitch.  The other edge will form the lower edge of the cardigan.  Two stitches on this edge will be maintained in stockinette so that this edge will also roll slightly toward the body.  I swatched a couple of variations here, and I preferred the 2 stitch version.

The body is knit from side to side, so if I use a stitch pattern with vertical lines, these lines are going to end up looking like horizontal stripes - not so flattering in a bulky, loose-fitting cardigan.  A horizontal stripe pattern will turn into vertical stripes - much more flattering.

I swatched a couple of variations of stripes made with alternating sections of stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch.  Any more than 2 rows of each, and the work really lost structure and started to sag.  So, the body stitch pattern will be:

Row 1 - knit
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - purl
Row 4 - knit

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length is met.  And that's going to be a while - this rectangle will likely need to be about 70 inches long!

Now, here's a little trick to make this a bit more tolerable for me.  I'm going to use the trick play technique, just with two balls of the same color instead of alternating colors.  No purling!

Here's a video including a neat trick to make joining in the second ball way easy - with no ends to weave in later - now that's really something to be thankful for.


  1. Hi the video is marked private, anyway you can change that I would love to see this technique, Thanks, Jane G.

  2. Whoops - sorry about that. I think I have the settings changed now so that you can see it.