Fun news! My friend and fellow knitwear designer and instructor, Alex Capshaw-Taylor, owner of WorldKnit and Handspun, has volunteered to share with us her experience of a weekend class she took in October with one of the knitting world’s most famous and beloved sock designers, Cookie A. This is part II of her guest blog post.
Resize Stitch Patterns Proportionally For Best Results
The third class I took was about resizing stitch patterns and creating the perfect rib. You can resize any stitch pattern, but be sure to keep these points in mind:
1) If you add stitches to make a pattern wider it won’t flow the way it did before (your diagonal lines will be off).
If you widen something that has diagonal elements you also have to make it taller relative to the pattern repeats (increase both stitches and rows).
2) If you add rows to in make the pattern longer it won’t flow correctly (the diagonal pattern will look like it is sitting inside the diagonal pattern below it).
If you lengthen something that has diagonal elements you also have to make it wider relative to the pattern repeats (increase both stitches and rows).
3) The easiest way to see what you are working with is to use colored pencils to color in the various stitches on the chart. Once you outline the different stitch areas you can replace the stitches with anything.
Line Up The Ribs With The Pattern To Make A Cuff Perfect
When creating a rib for a knit garment it will look a thousand times better if you make sure that your rib pattern flows into the garment
To do this, work backwards from the garment pattern into the rib.
You may need to increase or decrease stitches from your ribbing to your garment. To do this, the last row of ribbing (the row that flows into your garment) should be the set up row.
Determine the best place to increase or decrease a stitch (usually directly next to a cable or in the background of a design).
Don’t miss part III of this workshop series – Lessons Learned From A Top-Down Sock-Design Workshop
- Workshop With Cookie A Part I: Charts and Cables
- Workshop With Cookie A Part III: Top-Down Sock-Design Workshop
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