Friday, February 2, 2018

Mirroring Bar Increases

I've spent the week working on the Spring issue of Cast On.  It really is a ton of work.  I'm taking a few minutes break to do this entry and then back to WordPress.  I have most of the photographs from the photographer.  We should be able to go live this weekend if all goes well.

I had a day after uploading all of the patterns and articles where I was waiting for photographs.  I took the time to start the revisions on the Basics course.  I've finished Lesson 1.  First of all, I haven't added any new swatches.  Most of the changes are to the reference section.  I am having the students knit a preliminary stitch to make the materials more in line with Level 1 of the Masters and I've added an Extra Credit swatch.  As soon as I've finished Cast On, I will revise Lessons 2 and 3 as well. 

As always, if you are a student or have taken the class in the past I will be HAPPY to send you the new files when they are finished.  For students who have just signed up and not started yet, I'm going to send them the new Lesson 1 and they have the choice of whether to do the preliminary swatch or not.  Please just email me at for more information. 

After reviewing the Basics class I realized that there was an omission.  I never discussed using bar increases (or kf&b) for garment shaping.  The reason is I never use these.  The bar increase leaves a purl bump as part of the increase.  There is usually a small hole at the base as well.  It is very noticeable and I prefer lifted increases for my own projects.  However, this use of the bar increase is covered in the Masters Program so I've added this use to the reference information and an extra credit swatch. 

The swatch below shows bar increases.  The increases label "A" were made in the first and last stitches.  If a project is to be seamed or have stitches picked up along the selvedge DON'T EVER do this.  It makes finishing more difficult and the final result looks "homemade" rather than "handmade".  It is fine to do this for shawls and scarves but not for an edge which will be finished.

To make a bar increase you knit into the front of the stitch and then into the back.  When you knit into the back you create the bar.  This makes mirroring bar increases more difficult.  If you look at "C" in the photograph above, notice that the selevedge stitch and two stitches are before the purl bump.  The increase was worked IN the 3rd stitch from the edge but the results appear AFTER the 3rd stitch. Now look at B.  There is one stitch and the selvedge stitch after the purl bump. The increase was worked IN the 3rd stitch from the edge and the purl bump appears AFTER that stitch. The increases are not mirrored.  When you look at a project where this is done, it draws the eye and not in a good way.

"D" shows mirrored bar increases.  To use bar increases in this situation, if you want the selevedge stitch and a knit stitch before the increase, work the increase in the first stitch after the selvedge on the right side.  On the left side, work in the the 3rd stitch from the edge.

The video shows how to do this as well.  Mirroring Bar Increases

Salon will be on Sunday, February 4th at 1:30 to 3:20.

Today is the deadline for proposals for the Summer 2018 issue.  I'm working on personal projects--texting gloves for me and a hat.  The yarn is from Anzula.  The hat uses Ava and the gloves use Cloud.  The color is Red Shoe.  Normally something like this would take me a day or so but I have had NO time to knit.  I've been chained to my computer.

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