Thank you for the feedback on my last post! Your response was as I suspected it might be - PDF's for techniques book is not such a good idea as it is for pattern books. I won't dismiss the PDF altogether, just put it on the back-burner for a while, at least whilst I give the licensing etc more thought.

If anyone else has anything to add though, please do!

A couple of posts back, when I was looking at traditional textured stitches, reversing them so that they could be used in the round, I was playing around with the 'Star Stitch'. That swatch/design etc is coming along nicely:-

It looks a little different upside down doesn't it! Knitting it in the round is having an effect on the stitch - there's a subtle inclination to my right, which is caused by my tension, i.e. all knit stitches. It doesn't worry me though, as it will even out after a gentle wash and blocking. And yep that is a prov cast-on, as I haven't decided exactly yet how this piece will be structured.

When I was talking about reversing the stitch to make it easier to convert from flat knitting to the round, I didn't mention that there are other things you need to do to make a stitch pattern like this work effectively in the round.

You know how you get a jog in stripes when you knit in the round? Well you do with any piece of knitting, it's how it's structured, and sometimes it's more noticeable with textured stitches or stitch patterns with more variety (i.e. it's virtually invisible in single colour stocking stitch) And it's no different with this stitch that I've chosen to play.

There are ways round it, just as there's a technique for the jogless jog, there are tricks you can use to minimise the effect and have a smoother piece of fabric. Here's my join in the swatch above:-

If you look closely you can see it, especially as this is still on the needles and not washed or blocked yet (which will help hide it further) It's not actually a straight vertical line as you get with stripes, it's a diagonal.

One effective method of hiding the join with stitch patterns that alternate over a few rows as this one does is to move the stitch marker at the beginning/end of the round, so you are basically knitting in a spiral. This helps keep the continuity, but the downside is that a couple of sts every other row (i.e. on the plain rows) get knit once more than the rest of the stitches - can you see that?

Now, you could slip those stitches to avoid that happening but I didn't like the way it affected the tension, so decided to go with this method, and really, I'm pretty happy with it (and that's saying something, considering the perfectionist that I am ;) It will look even neater when blocked. The good thing about a diagonal seam or spiral is that it doesn't draw in the eye as much... it travels, and is much harder to determine, especially in a pattern that creates diagonals anyway.

And that's probably all I can say about this piece, as I don't want to spoil any surprises!

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AuthorWoolly Wormhead