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Gentle readers, time for the next round of information on how to make the Shifting Sands Cardigan!

I gave guidelines on how to create the base stockinette cardigan in a previous post. Now, on to the techniques needed for creating the collar.

Stitch Pattern: From the Shifting Sands Scarf pattern by Grumperina. The link has written as well as charted instructions. Note that while the pattern gives instructions for extra selvedge stitches to create edges for the scarf, the actual stitch pattern itself is a multiple of five stitches.

Provisional Cast On: Choose your favourite method. Google for more information.

Double knit selvedges: These create little tubes along the sides, giving a nice stable edge. They look superficially similar to applied i-cords, but are knitted along with the main piece. To work:

* RS: Work in pattern up to last three stitches. Slip the last three stitches, purl-wise, onto right needle. Turn.

* WS: The yarn is now dangling in front of the fabric, between the third and fourth stitches.  Pick it up and purl the first stitch. The yarn will form a strand across the stitches (since it was not at the very edge of the work when you started), but never mind, purl the next two stitches, then continue to work across the row in pattern, up to the last three stitches. Slip these, purl-wise, onto right needle. Turn.

* RS:  The yarn is now dangling behind the fabric, between the third and fourth stitches. Pick it up and knit the first three stitches, then work in pattern till the last three stitches, and so on.

As you see, each row begins with completing the tube of the previous row, and ends with slipping some stitches to start making the tube of the current row.  The tubes might look a little bit sloppy for the first couple of rows, but they neaten up perfectly after that.

Note that because this technique involves slipping stitches without working them, every alternate row, the tube stitches are twice the length of your regular stitches in the middle of the fabric. In other words, you will have twice the number of regular rows as the number of tube rows in your work.

Left Twist: Here’s a good video.

Right Twist: Here’s a good video.

Related to the above is Working a Right Twist from the WS: Purl into the second stitch without throwing the old stitch off the needle, purl into the first stitch, then throw both old stitches off the left needle.

At this point, I must admit that having right and left twists on the tubes bordering the collar was a slight conceit of mine, an attempt to have even the selvedges echo the criss-cross of the main pattern, making things just so. If you feel all this is too elaborate, feel free to ignore instructions for the three Twists, and make all the border tubes in stockinette.

Increases: Make 1 (m1), Make 1 purl (m1p), Knit into front and back of stitch (kfb), Purl into front and back of stitch (pfb). Google these terms,  instructions and videos abound.

Next up: Putting it all Together!

Oh and the FO? My Annis scarfette is done! I changed the shape from the original, as you see. More later when it dries and I can take  modeled FO shots.

 

Some Techniques & an FO!

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