Helical really just means in the shape of a spiral. So, technically, most circular knitting is already helical knitting.
Helical Knitting – A Bad Name for a Good Technique
Despite the inaccurate moniker, helical knitting is a great technique. Specifically for creating jogless stripes while knitting in the round. The most recent time I’ve used this was with a recent FO. The Noro Striped Hat using QueerJoe’s Simple Hat pattern.
This example was done with four separate, interwoven helices, or spirals. I did this by using the helical knitting technique and two colorways of Noro. I pulled from both the inside and outside of two center-pull balls. The tangles were epic. So, I don’t really recommend this.
Trying to explain how I did this, I realized a tutorial might be useful. For a couple of reasons:
- Explaining how interwoven colored helices work in knitting.
- Showing how to actually do this technique.
- Explain some advanced tips/techniques:
- Wider stripes than one color round
- Dealing with jogs, ladders and loose stitches between double-pointed needles
- Organizing yarn to minimize tangles (I’m a pro now)
So check out the latest Knitting Proficiency Tutorial. Learn a new technique. Or hone your current skills.
I’m working on a test knit lately.
This may be the only glimpse you get of the new test cowl until it’s published. But you will definitely want to see this one when it’s ready for prime time. GORGEOUS.
Other than that, I’ve been working on my helical swatches for the video!
Such fun knitting!