One of the things that keeps me fascinated with knitting is that there is always something new to learn. Not only are there centuries of knitting history to look back on but new knitters keep making stuff up!
The other day I learned something new and it gave me a little jolt of joy so I thought I would share it with you. This new tip came from Brooklyn Tweed, a very special yarn company that The Knit Cafe has the good fortune to represent. Not only do they provide us with covetable yarns that are ethically and sustainably produced, but they also produce kick-ass knitting patterns and have wonderful technical support.
Brooklyn Tweed just released a video about Helix or Helical Knitting. What a fancy name!
Helical Knitting is used when knitting in rounds with single row stripes so that you don’t get the uneven colour jogs that happen when you change colours at the beginning of a round. It’s pretty neat!
Here’s a video of me showing it to Iwona
If you would like to know more: Watch this video from Brooklyn Tweed. It explains Helix Knitting thoroughly including how to do it with Magic Loop. For even more info you can check out this video from VeryPinkKnits who shows Helical Knitting with three colours on a circular needle.
Helical Knitting is also very useful for Knitting with hand dyed yarns which often vary from skein to skein. If you alternate your skeins in a striping pattern you blend the various colours together so you don’t see a abrupt change in colour when you change to a new skein. Brooklyn Tweed also suggests using Helical Knitting techniques with their Dapple Yarn which is dyed on a gradient.
So I recommend it – learn something new, and when you do tell someone about it so they can learn it too!