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Hello. I just found your blog via your backwards knitting tutorial in Knitty, and I just wanted to tell you that your work is a wonderful find! I have been on a kick of knitting bears for Mother Bear Project, and with all the small rows of ten stitches, kniting back backwards is really going to help. I'm sure I will be checking your blog again for more tips and info. Thanks so much...


hi :: happy to have found your site via Knitty.com :: a quick question re: the info on "double knitting" :: do you think the scarf on the homepage of Sweaterscapes (a link on your site) is an example of double knitting ? :: they don't talk about it on that site :: I love the look :: look foreward to learning a lot from your informative site ::
Thanks :: Born Again Lapsed Knitter ::


Eileen, that is a great question! And for those following along, the scarf she's referring to is pictured on this page.

It's often a little tricky to analyze knitwear from a picture, especially a small one like this, but I'm inclined to think it's not double-knitting, but simple intarsia in a garter stitch fabric. I think that I see horizontal ridges, which would indicate garter, and that would be difficult to do in double-knitting. While you would indeed see the dashed effect I talked about at the color changes on this, it would largely be hidden by the way garter ridges collapse together, except when the fabric was stretched, so it wouldn't be obtrusive. I also think I see a slightly ragged effect at the edges where the colors change between rows, and I would expect to see some of that in garter intarsia; again, it's going to be mostly hidden in the ridges, but I think you'd get a hint of it.

That's my take on it, but I think I'll check with the Sweaterscapes people and see if I can get more information; if I do, I'll be sure to add that here!


Lynne at Sweaterscapes confirmed my supposition: the striped scarf is intarsia on garter stitch. She also said that this pattern will be included in a book due out next year, so you can watch for that if you're interested!

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