Étude no. 5 – combining knitweaving with stranded knitting.

Since learning about knitweaving, I’ve been curious about combining it with regular stranded knitting. All the projects I’ve seen have used one technique or the other (probably because knitweaving by itself can look better with doubled strands rather than single).

In this swatch I played around with two configurations. In the bottom section (variation 1), each column of dark stitches was worked using only one technique. The knitweaving sections therefore have little horizontal green bars while the stitches worked in dark green make a solid vertical stripe.

The upper section (variation 2) has the knitweaving and dark stitches worked out of phase with each other. This makes for a subtle knotted effect; the stitches worked in the natural color in those vertical lines disappear.

Etude no. 5 - combining knitweaving with stranded knittingAbbreviations:

CC: contrast color.
k: knit.
kw: knitweave. On right side, bring contrast yarn to the front as if to purl, but knit with the main color instead, then take contrast yarn to the back again. On wrong side, take contrast yarn to the front as if to knit but purl with the main color instead, then bring contrast yarn to the back again.
MC: main color.
p: purl.

Chart Étude no. 5 — vertical bars variation 1
Row 1 (RS): K1, kw 1, k1 in MC, k1 in CC, k1 in MC, kw 1, k1. (7 sts)
Row 2 (WS): P, kw 1, p1 in MC, p1 in CC, p1 in MC, kw 1, p1.

Chart Étude no. 5 — vertical bars variation 2
Row 1 (RS): K1 in MC, k1 in CC, k1 in MC, kw 1, k1 in MC, k1 in CC, k1 in MC. (7 sts)
Row 2 (WS): P1, kw 1, p1 in MC, p1 in CC, p1 in MC, kw 1, p1.

At first glance, I like variation 1 better, but I think variation 2 could be quite interesting with the contrast color worked in variegated yarn or two different colors.

This was a productive experiment; I can see I’ll have to play around with combinations like this some more!

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