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« on: May 17, 2007 04:51:38 AM »

I have some yarn that I am intending to knit a sweater with - half the yarn is sage green and half is burgundy, so it will be striped. I don't want to knit a normal stripy top-down raglan with ribbing, I'm trying to think of interesting design elements that will make a stripy sweater more exciting - interesting bindoffs, small details that will go with broad stripes.

Anyone have any ideas? C'mon.. I know you guys are brimming with them Smiley

« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2007 02:04:47 PM »

Make cables that cross over the sage sections?  The green should make the cables stand out more than the burgundy.

« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2007 07:36:02 PM »

Do you have a sweater pattern in mind?  I find it easier to envision changes to a pattern/garment when I can see it.  That said, however...  Cheesy

You could do some mosaic knitting/Fair Isle, depending on your skill/interest level, or you could vary the width (height?) of the stripes.  You could also do (I can't think of the name of the technique) where you "trace" some stitches with yarn of the opposite color.  I'm sure there are more things, but I'm drawing a blank...good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2007 08:46:07 PM »

The problem is that I don't have enough yarn to do fair isle knitting  Sad I am probably going to go with a top-down raglan so that I make the most of the yarn that I have, I just don't really want to go with a ribbed collar and sleeves.

I was thinking maybe a cabled bind off like what eunny did here http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/05/secrets.html around a boatneck collar. I just can't think of many design elements that stripes will complement..
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2007 04:55:06 AM »

You could try a 'joltless join' technique for the colour changes - my favourite is to knit one stitch in the new colour then slip one, for one round, then knit straight across in the new colour the next round.

I used it on this scarf - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154032.msg1531343#msg1531343

You could do random stripes - on each colour change cast a dice then knit that number of rows (or a multiple of that number).
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2007 10:02:44 AM »

You could also do different stitches in the different colors.
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2007 02:58:02 AM »

I have a sweater I love (albeit bought)... the purple stripes are RS facing whereas the grey ones are WS facing. Also it's seemed on the RS. I know I will be using this on a sweater at some point.
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2007 06:27:08 AM »

It's 'jogless join' if you want to search this - multiple ways to do it - but how about a cable where one half is one colour, twining/cabling/twisting around another half in the other colour? You might like a picot cast-off too.
And how about eyelets interacting with the stripes: e.g. if a stripe is 10 cm tall/high, a single row of eyelets horizontally right in the middle.

« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2007 02:01:01 PM »

Here is a Random stripe generator. 

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2007 04:56:16 AM »

Thanks for all the great ideas Smiley they'll be useful in future projects as well if i don't use them for this one. now to just get off my butt and *swatch*!
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