Helix knitting is a fancy way to get stripes without having to twist the yarns, without having a jog, all while sounding super fancy and technical.
My new pattern features helix knitting. I’m hoping to launch it mid-October, email me at gmail if you’re curious to pattern test for me. The goal is less than a single skein of the main color sock yarn plus a mini skein, or bit and pieces of leftover projects in the same weight.
In order to do 2-color helix knitting, you use your Main Color (MC), variegated in the pic above, and knit around.
When you’re back at the beginning of the round (BOR) you add your contrast color (CC), the lime, this end will need to be woven in later.
Knit around, stopping 3 stitches before you reach your main color again (there’s no magic to the three, 2 and 4 or 5 are also nice numbers).
Now, you DROP your CC! Right, no twisting, no worrying. Then simply slip those three MC stitches from the left needle to the right needle.
Pick up your MC again and start knitting. Stop when you have 3 stitches of the CC color left. And drop your yarn.
Slip the 3 stitches of the CC color from the left to the right, pick up the working yarn, and knit around.
Keep repeating until you are at the desired length!
I saw on our local Nextdoor site that someone was giving away what looked like a giant dog playpen, and with camping in our future, I thought it might be a good place to stash the fur kids for a few moments.
Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving. We have three dogs.
Meanwhile, back on the needles, I’m working on a scrap based cowl 🙂 It features a non-cable and a little bit of striping in helix.
Took our younger set, Maggie & Alfie, to the new Dog Park at Mackenzie. They weren’t entirely sure why we had taken them someplace with dogs, they’re not entirely sure they like dogs. Plus there were no couches.
But this Spaniel realized I had treats. Her name’s Sophie and she was good hanging with the people. Who had the treats.
And we met Gus, who is a white pug but is actually a pug/Boston Terrier mix. He was 5 months and very sweet and running around trying to see what was going on.
Then we spent a lot of the rest of the day like this, because dogs are exhausting, Mama.
I took some time away from the blog for some summer revelry and relaxation. And then I decided to try something new! I’m designing. For dolls. At least for now. The dolls are one size, my kids can get involved, and the projects are quick enough that I can knit a couple samples.
I’m using knitonepugtwo designs for my shop name. I realize doll sweaters have a limited audience, but they’re a great intro to sweaters and a learning experience on construction.
This pattern was only tested by me. But I’ve got another in the works with a tester. And I’m hoping to release two at the beginning of September! And I’m working on something for both a child and their doll!
I’m also trying to add helpful tips to my designs, things a beginning knitter might not think about. Like using VERY different types of markers when knitting lace.
I’m also using links in the pattern, should you download it as a pdf, so it’s easy to understand terms like “back join.”
Let me know if you’ve taken a look at my pattern or are interested in test knitting!