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If you've stuck to knitting in single colors, or maybe just ventured into stripes, here's some good news: You can achieve what appear to be complicated color patterns while using only one yarn at a time! Many knitters suffer from fear of Fair Isle because they are loathe to carry two colors at once. It seems complicated and unwieldy.
music in video is from demo 2008 by ( Latchxe9 Swing ) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the oblique rib stitch. This simple rib pattern creates a diagonal broken rib and is great for large pieces of fabric like afghans and pillows, or scarves.
music in video is from demo 2008 by ( Latchxe9 Swing ) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
I had a heap of messages asking where the cable for Jeff's glove came from. It's a fairly generic multi-strand cable; called a "Saxon Braid" (thanks, Purly White !). I see Wendy at wendyknits has used it for a sweater, and I'm sure it's to be found in stitch dictionaries. That said, being able to read an existing cable and knowing how to reconstruct it is a very useful skill. I'm not suggesting, of course, that the following be used in any way that takes credit away from a designer of a garment - rather, this is a reference for understanding how a simple cable works and how to write a chart.
Dewdrop Cloth cast on 25 Multiple of 6 sts plus l row 1: (wrong side) k2, *p3, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2 instead of k3 row 2: p2, *k3, p3; rep from *, end last rep p2 instead of p3 row 3: k2, *p3, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2 instead of k3 row 4: k2, *yo,sl1-ssk-psso, yo, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2 instead of k3 row 5: p2, *k3, p3; rep from *, end last rep p2 instead of p3 row 6: k2, *p3, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2 instead of k3 row 7: p2, *k3, p3; rep from *, end last rep p2 instead of p3 row 8: k2 tog, *yo, k3, yo, sl1-ssk-psso; rep from *, end last rep ssk instead of sl1-ssk-psso repeat rows 1-8. To knit this pattern you can print this page (just the chart and the title will print out), or knit it right from the screen.