First Knitter: Quick Simple Swoncho Tips
MDK Karidalong—a knitalong for all Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings projects—has begun! If you’re planning to cast on a Simple Swoncho, I have two quick tips to offer from my experience knitting the samples to optimize your experience knitting up a garment to love.
First off, for tips to avoid the dreaded twist when joining in the round, check out Jen Arnall-Culliford’s Little Lesson here.
After you knit the ribbing at the neck, you’ll work Set-Up Rnd 1 and place additional markers along the way.
Take a look at the color marker you used as your beginning of round marker and use the same color marker for the three “pm for raglan” instructions. For the four other “pm” instructions, use a different color marker.
Why? Take a look at the directions for Rnds 1–4 of the Shape Yoke section of the pattern and you’ll notice that the ratio of increases is different at the raglans than at the sleeves. Using different color markers will give you a visual cue about where to increase (and where not to increase!) every time you repeat Rnd 3.
Red markers mark my raglan increases and silver markers mark my sleeve increases. For good measure, I placed a locking stitch marker in the sleeve stitches.
For Symmetrical Eyelet Increases
You might find that the YO eyelet that follows sets of knit stitches is bigger than the YO eyelet that follows sets of purl stitches. This is because the length of yarn used when transitioning from knit to purl is greater than from knit to knit, purl to purl, or even purl to knit.
To shorten the YO when going from knit to purl, wrap your YO in the opposite direction—rather than bringing the yarn back between the needles to purl, then going around the needle again completely to make the YO.
You can see the opposite YO at the silver marker, and the regular YO at the pink marker.
When working the following round, be sure to knit through the back leg of the reversed YO to keep the eyelet open.
If you’d like to read even more about refining eyelets, Patty Lyons covers this imbalance for shawl increases in her column here.
Oh, and this
Fellow MDK team member Cristina further simplified her Simple Swoncho in Organic Studio Worsted Broadway Market by swapping in garter stitch for the cables—same stitch count, but alternating knits and purls each round!
Happy swoncho-ing! You’ll find me and Allison in the Lounge if you have questions as you Karidalong!