While working with Elise Duvekot on Knit
One Below, I was inspired by the technique. When
we worked on the 2 Koigu Kersti sweaters,
a patterning of the colors occurred
for both of us at a specific stitch
count. I wondered if it worked with
Kersti, would it work with KPPPM?
So began my quest
for what I named the
sweetspot – where the right
number of stitches and
the k1b technique combine
to create a very pleasing striping
and shifting of the colors in the yarn.
It separates the colors while allowing
them to dance and play together. It gives an insight into the
yarn designer's vision of the colorway and pays homage to that
The k1b technique is
also wonderfully reversible – on the WS, you
don’t see the vertical striping so the patterning
in some of the more complex colorways
comes through. This makes not only
for an excellent afghan but also a
scarf [see below].
Version 1: 52.5 inches wide x 60 inches long Version 2: 60 inches square
Note: The yarn quantities given below indicate the approximate
quantity needed to make afghans of the size shown. However,
the pieces shown were made from leftovers and partial skeins,
so more colourways of each yarn were used than can be accounted
for by the yarn quantities given. This project is a great
way to use stash yarn and leftovers!
For Version 2, each strip is made of one type
Version 1 [shown
color #P90330 shown
at right]: Yarn
PPPM [100% merino wool;
175yd/160m per 50g skein]; various colors; approx. 30 skeins
Version 2: Yarn
Yarns Good Grrl [100% superwash
merino wool; 400yd/366m
per 100g skein]; various
colors; approx. 3 skeins
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock [80% superwash wool, 20% nylon; 215yd/197m
per 50g skein]; various colors; approx. 6 skeins
Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock [80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon; 430yd/393m
per 100g skein]; various colors; approx. 3 skeins
Dachs Fingering Superwash Merino [100% merino wool; 560yd/512m per 113g
skein]; various colors; approx. 3 skeins
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock That
Rock Lightweight [100% merino wool; 360yd/329m per 128g skein]; various
colors; approx. 4 skeins
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
pair 3mm needles Note: 3mm needles are between US #2 and US #3 in size.
on left: Tempted Yarns| Scarf
on right: Blue Moon Fiber Arts
GAUGE Note: Gauge for each yarn given in stockinette st.
Koigu KPPPM: 28 sts = 4 inches
Tempted Yarns Good Grrl: 28 sts
= 4 inches
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock: 30 sts = 4 inches
Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock: 28 sts = 4 inches
Dashing Dachs Fingering Superwash: 29 sts = 4 inches
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock That Rock Lightweight: 28 sts = 4 inches
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Yarn shown at right: Dashing
Dachs Eugene Rooster
Instructions for the Backward Loop
cast on can be found here.
Directions for working a Russian Join can be found here andhere
Directions for Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind Off can
be found here.
A photo tutorial for the joining technique used in this
pattern can be found here.
K1b: Knit 1 below
Instead of knitting into
the stitch on the left needle, knit into the stitch in
the row below it, allowing the stitch on the left needle
P1b:Purl 1 below
Instead of purling into the stitch on the left needle, purl into the stitch in the row below it, allowing the stitch on the left needle to drop. Two rows must be worked to form one full row of stitches.
DIRECTIONS Note: An even gauge is critical. When you start working
the pattern rows, you should see stacking and shifting of
the colors within the first 6-8 rows, though it may take
12-14 rows to really see the pattern emerge. If the yarn
is not patterning in a satisfactory way, try adjusting your
needle size, or start again using 2 sts more or fewer.
Using backward loop method, CO the number of sts given for
the yarn you are using:
• Koigu KPPPM: 58 sts
• Tempted Yarns Good Grrl: 54 sts
Laces Shepherd Sock: 66 sts
• Three Irish Girls Adorn: 68 sts
• Dashing Dachs Fingering Superwash
Merino: 68 sts
• Blue Moon Socks That Rock
Lightweight: 62 sts
P 2 rows.
Version 2 shown at
Begin Pattern: Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1 purlwise with
yarn held to back of work, [k1b, k1] to last st, k1.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1 purlwise with
yarn held to front of work, [p1b, p1] to last st, p1.
Repeat these 2 rows, changing
colors as desired.
To change colors, join new yarn using
Russian join (see Pattern Notes). Color changes will not
be noticeable in the finished piece.
Continue in pattern until piece measures 60 inches or desired
length, ending with a WS row.
Loosely BO all sts; your BO
edge should be as stretchy as the fabric
itself. To achieve a loose enough BO edge,
try using the sewn bind off (see Pattern
Notes), or the new Jeny's Surprisingly
Stretchy Bind Off.
If making an afghan of the same size as those shown, work
4 more strips in the same way.
FINISHING Yarn shown at right
Three Irish Girls]:
Block strips to the same length. Strip
widths may vary depending on yarn(s) used.
Join Strips: See Pattern Notes
for link to a photo tutorial
for the technique described below
Attach long edges of strips
Hold two strips with wrong
sides together, so that
long edges meet. The strip closest to you will be referred
to as the front strip, the strip furthest from you
will be the back strip.
Insert crochet hook through
first edge st on front strip, then first edge st on back
strip; draw st from back strip through st from front
*Insert hook through next edge st on front strip,
draw through st on hook. Insert hook through next st
on back strip, draw through st on hook.
Repeat from * until all sts have been joined.
Use a yarn tail to secure the last st.
Sew in ends.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
For Wannietta, knitting is more of a sport than a hobby. At Knit Out ’08, she came 3rd in the International Champions
Speed Knitting competition
and is a member of the Toronto
Spiders who are 2-time World
Champions in the International
Back to Back Wool Challenge.
As a dedicated athlete she
works out with the needles
every day, and knitting for The
Needle Emporium, designers and Amanda affords her plenty
of opportunities to hone
her skills. Too bad that
knitting wasn’t more aerobic. She blogs when