I was really disappointed yesterday that our weekend of partying with our family got put on hold, but it did give me time to do some more knitting! I started my first sleeve, and got it up to the armhole shaping. I love short sleeves - they go so fast!
Since I had time this morning, I decided to do something that's been on my mind for a while: I made a video! As I've been knitting this sweater, I've been knitting in my ends where I could - it makes for a lot less work in finishing. It got me wondering if this is a commonly known technique, and I thought it might be helpful so I wanted to share it.
I had originally planned on just discussing it and linking to some videos that are already out there. But when I did a search, the only instructions I came up with are different from the way I do it, and seem to me to be much more tedious. So I went ahead and made my own video. I've never done this before, and I was kind of nervous! For one thing, I really can't stand the sound of my own (recorded) voice! Also, in order to get the correct focus, I had to hold my knitting at arm's length - not the normal posture for knitting! There are a few sections of the video where I instinctively brought the work closer to my body and thus the focus is a little blurred, but I think it is still clear enough to see what is going on. I'm hoping this is a useful technique for all you knitters!
I learned this technique probably about 20 years ago from a Kaffe Fassett book. I think it was Glorious Knitting, but unfortunately all my knitting books and magazines from the 1980s and '90s are in storage, so I can't check. It was a real revelation! Anyone who has ever done any kind of colorwork in knitting will tell you that dealing with all the ends can really be a pain. This technique takes a little bit of practice, but in the end will save a lot of time.
I knit continental (holding the yarn in my left hand) most of the time, but this works English also. It works best on stockinette fabrics, and can be worked on the knit side or the purl side of the fabric, on flat knitting or in the round. It's fantastic for stripes, but I've also used it for stranded knitting and even intarsia.
So, here we go: