The Tuck Stitch

The tuck stitch in knitting can be used in some quite amazing ways to create beautiful and interesting textured fabric.

Tucked by Wooly Wormhead

Video Tutorial – Tuck Stitch

The two patterns above are the Suke-Suke Shawl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian and the Tucked Hat by Woolly Wormhead.

Both patterns use a technique called the tuck stitch, which is something I first learned to do when I was machine knitting and when I tried to replicate the technique in hand-knitting, I found it very difficult to do.  If you’ve ever done a hem on a knitted garment by knitting the cast on stitch with its corresponding stitch a number of rows later, you’ve done a tuck stitch.  When you’re picking up one of your cast-on stitches, it’s relatively easy to do this technique, but when you’re picking up a stitch 10 rows down from your current row, I found it impossible to count down rows on the back of my work.

So, I created a technique (or probably unvented a technique using Elizabeth Zimmermann’s term) to easily identify a stitch 10 rows directly beneath the current stitch I was working on.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, there’s a tutorial I created that will hopefully explain it a little better:

If you link to the YouTube page for the video, there are also a few links in the comments to purchase the coilless (coil-less) safety pins I use for this technique.

Current Knitting

I’m continuing to bang away at the London Beanies.

London Beanies 03-09-2016

The Noro colorways in the Hanabatake yarn are really keeping this project interesting…I just hope the guys shopping at Easton Mountain gift shop find the colors equally as appealing.

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