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« on: September 08, 2006 02:21:48 PM »

Has anyone tried a knitting pattern knit side to side? Now that I've worked a couple, I'm really stunned that I don't see more side knitted designs. They're so easy to size and, if working with color, you can get those svelt linear lines happening to bypass any speed bumps you may have bulging around your torso.

Why aren't more designs sidelines?

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006 02:24:01 PM »

i've never even heard of side knit patterns... but now that you mention it, it sounds like a great idea! can you recommend any links for someone interested in checking it out?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006 02:29:43 PM »

What amazes me about side to side knitting is how easy it is. I make the sleeves the regular way (casting on from the cuff) but then designed the sides and back so that you cast on the needed stitches for length (starting at the side), meaning you an just add the extra width by knitting until you've reached your preferred measurements. So simple!

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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006 01:39:27 AM »

i know there's a pattern on knitty for a childs cardigan, but i haven't tried it yet

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006 09:05:10 AM »

Okay, I'm dating myself, but back in the 80's when angora and big roomy sleeves were so popular, I knit a lot of sweaters side to side.  I'd cast on for the cuffs, and knit the sweater all in one piece.  Then I'd sew the side and sleeve seams together.  I'd finish it by picking up stiches at the bottom of the sweater and later the neckline and do some decorative ribbing or edging.  Is this what you're referring to?

btw. I love your website.  You inspired me to knit "Not my Granny's Shawl".
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2006 08:23:37 AM »

April, that's it! So, why have they gone away, all those side-to-sides? Actually, I prefer to knit my sleeves straight or on circs but sides and back knit side to side makes so much sense. Love your diagram, by the way.

How do you post pictures into the body of your email? I thought I'd read all relevant instrutions but it still doesn't make sense to me. Wait, I just read the PhotoBucket bracket next door. Hmm....I think I know what I may be doing wrong.

Do you have pictures of 'Not your Granny's Shawl'? I'm intrigued...
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2006 08:56:11 AM »

April, I think I found the child's sweater on Knitty - it's called "Haiku".

Jane, if all those side to side knits seem to have gone away, I'm glad you're reviving the method.  It really makes for lovely shaping.

Here's the link to my shawl: (not knit side to side however)


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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2006 12:41:12 PM »

The 'ibiza stripe shirt' in Loop-d-Loop is knit from side to side.  Instructions in the book are for both cropped and  hip-length versions.

Mistake?  No... it's an Unexpected Design Element.  I put it there on purpose.  *ahem*
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2006 04:07:14 PM »

There's a side to side baby sweater in Weekend Knitting.  I am working on it currently.  It's quite pretty.

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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2006 09:05:13 PM »

Just as a warning, those side to side sweaters can grow in length considerably, especially when knit at a looser gauge. I once knit a hip length jacket that over time grew into a mid-calf length coat. No kidding.
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