As an experienced knitter, it is fun to try new things. A while back, Warren from Marin Fiber Arts showed a cool new scarf that he was knitting. To be honest, it went right over my head. I’m like that. Later, on the WEBS podcast, Kathy and Pixie starting a knit-a-long using the pattern, the Inside-Outside Scarf, the Knit One Below (I almost wrote Knit One Blow – I think that’s a Lamaze technique) pattern on the XRX site. Here’s the link. And this page will lead you to the suggestions/helps on the WEBS site. My scarf turned out well, using some stash, coincidentally from MFA. See?
I like the reverse side of the fabric as well:
I’d heard about the book Knit One Below: One Stitch, Many Fabrics, and finally when I had an Amazon coupon for some free bucks, I broke down and bought the book, because I realized that the technique would be perfect for a vest that I’ve been wanting to make for my Mom, who is short and round, and this technique uses vertical lines in a pleasing way.
The book is fabulous. I wish all books were as thorough in explaining the techniques, giving detailed photos, charts, graphics, and general how-to. I’ve heard that it took her 10 years to put the book together, and it shows. I can’t wait to find more things to knit from it, and it seems like a great stash-busting technique.
I’m pretty happy with the look, although this is a time consuming technique, since one knits two rows for every one. Here’s where I am today: