I just finished knitting a sweater and hat for my new granddaughter who is scheduled to arrive in February. In the process of working on this design, I was determined NOT to have seams, as it just adds bulk. That said, I started with a simple raglan sleeve pattern and had fun from there on. I wanted a contrasting cable design down the center of the sleeve, which was simple until I was ready to pick up the sleeve stitches to be knitted in the round. Now, I had that old “Intarsia” problem, the yarn was on the other side.
OK! I have tried most the methods thus far out there- Ann Berk’s loops(which works great,but I don’t like fighting with the loops), and other various methods connected with YO’s (loops again), then those knitting or purling “loops” together with the stitch at the end of the round, but I didn’t want a seam.
Then it hit me, I was not looking for a seam at all, I was looking for a “stitch” connection that would mimic the interlocking of any typical color change- and….I found it.
The result is that my Valentine Babe will be ready for the Ski slopes in this seamless cable designed hat and sweater.
I have just completed a tutorial that shares my discovery and I hope you try it. You can also use this method to knit an Intarsia pattern in anything that is seamless.
*The tutorial includes a cable panel, but just for practice you could replace it with a plain panel of any contrasting color. The technique will be the same.
I will be writing up this pattern soon, and will share it when it comes up the presses, but for now, here is the Seamless Cables Tutorial to learn the technique.