Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Some Ideas Don't Work

There were a few balls of yarn left when I'd finished knitting a sweater for my husband, so I thought I'd use it to knit a scarf. This is the reversible cable pattern that I used recently to knit a scarf for my son-in-law. I was happy with that scarf, but this one just doesn't sing to me. It's boring. And the rows are difficult to count, so I suspect that my cables are not absolutely even. The good thing about knitting though is that it's easy to undo - unlike tatting!

I did manage to find a link to the reversible cable scarf pattern. I noticed a picture of it on the header of the Totally Tutorials blog, so realised that must be where I got it from. Here's the link. It came from the Rosmademe blog, thanks Ros.


  1. I had meant to comment when you posted this. I'm curious if you knit Continental style, as all of this k1, p1 knitting would otherwise seem daunting to me. The idea of the reversible ribbed cable is great for use as a scarf where both sides can be seen! Actually I think this looks nice, but I know how it feels to not want to continue knitting if it doesn't feel right.!

  2. I'm not sure what Continental knitting means, but I kind of flick the yarn with my forefinger, so k1, p1 isn't too laborious.

  3. Continental knitting is where you hold the yarn as if you are crocheting; that is, if you are right-handed, the yarn would be held in your left hand, ready to pick the stitches off the tip of the left forefinger.

    "English" knitting is where (if right-handed) the yarn is held and maneuvered with the right hand.

    Apparently on the Continent of Europe (and especially in Germany) it was more common to hold the yarn in the left hand, and in the British Isles it was more common to hold the yarn in the right hand.

    In the U.S., Continental knitting has only recently become popular. For decades, it was rarely mentioned in knitting books here. I know how to knit both English and Continental style, but usually knit Continental, as it is faster for me, especially when doing k1,p1 patterns. I discovered it on my own in the 1960s when I was in my 20s.

    It's very good to know BOTH methods, especially for 'stranded knitting' with two colors (as in Fair Isle patterns). You hold one color in one hand and the other color in the other hand, and the yarns don't become tangled.

    Fortunatley today, many videos are out there on the internet about every aspect of knitting!

    1. Aha, thanks for the explanation. I do keep the yarn in my right hand, though I've done stranded knitting as you describe, works wonderfully.