Friday, February 01, 2013

Argyle Assisted by Lego

Back to work on my husband's Argyle Sweater Vest, I've started the front.

You know, the part that has the Argyle pattern.

The part that needs me to work with nine balls of yarn at the same time without tangling them beyond my ability to cope.

Luckily, I have a plan.

Not only do I put my nice little centre-pull balls of yarn into socks to keep them tidy, but I've assembled something in the way of Lego row-housing for the yarn.

Each ball stays more or less in place.

When it's time for me to switch colours, I pick up the ball, wind it around the new colour to avoid causing a gap, then put it back down facing in the other direction.

I repeat this along the length of the sweater, and when I reach the end of the row, all have to do is turn the thing around, and voila:

All the yarn is in order for the next round, facing the right way, and none of it is tangled.

It's still slower than stockinette with one colour, but it's much faster and easier than what results from tossing nine balls of yarn into a bag and hoping for the best.


  1. I'll be joining you soon with Argyle--I have to make an argyle sock for Master knitter program--but I'm making a pair of argyle socks--what good is one? And If I make one to send off, I may never make the second one. I'm not crazy about the idea of a seam in a sock, but them's the rules.

  2. Excellent! Looking forward to seeing them. I understand there's a method to knitting intarsia in the round, but I think it would actually make me crazier than just knitting them flat, and the wrap-and-turns would essentially feel like a seam anyhow.