Stripes of the Circular Type

SoCT class photo

3-6 class hours.

Stripes add pizzazz to everything they adorn. So let’s put them on our hats, socks, skirts—all the things we make in the round, not just projects worked flat back and forth. In this follow up class to Stripes of All Types, you’ll learn how to carry yarns not in use neatly on the wrong side and two ways to minimize the dread “jog” where the ends of a round meet. Experiment with putting bands of color on the magical single-surface shape called a möbius, a cylinder with a twist. Try helix, or “barber-pole,” knitting, a great solution for working spirals of color with truly jogless striping. You’ll learn about principles of contrast and repetition, and some practical strategies for creating stripe patterns. Let’s make stripes in the round!

Know Before You Show

How to work a long-tail cast-on, knit, purl, bind off; simple incs/decs. Must be comfortable working in the round on circular and double-pointed (or other small circumference method such as two circulars or magic loop) needles.

Materials 

  • #4 weight (worsted) yarn, 40 yds each in 4 colors, A, B, C for first exercise, G for third.
  • US 7 [4.5 mm] double-pointed needles (OR needles for other small circumference technique with which you are comfortable)
  • Second set of US 7 [4.5 mm] OR 1-2 sizes smaller (US 5 or 6 [3.5 or 4.0mm]) double-pointed needles for placing stitches on hold
  • #5 weight (bulky) yarn, 40 yds in each of 3 colors D, E, and F.
  • US 11 [8.0 mm] 40″[100 cm] circular needle (not shorter, and not longer!)
  • Small flat-bottomed paper bag OR knitting bag to constrain balls of yarn
  • basic supplies (scissors, yarn needle, markers, etc.)

Homework

Class exercises depend on having the materials specified and complete homework.

1) Divide G into two balls roughly equal in size. With US 7 [4.5 mm] dpns and one ball of G, cast on 36 sts. Divide evenly between needles; join for working in the round. Rows 1-3: [k3, p3] six times. Place sts on hold by slipping to smaller dpns.

2) With US 7 [4.5 mm] dpns and A, cast on 36 sts. Divide evenly between needles; join for working in the round. Rows 1-3: [k3, p3] six times. Leaving yarn attached, set aside.

3) Leaving short tails and holding D and E together as one, tie slip knot and place on needle. Insert fingers between yarns for long-tail cast-on, D over thumb and E over index finger; cast on 80 sts. Leaving yarns attached, set aside.