I have been working on a waterfall front cardigan and decided to write the pattern up in several sizes. It is knit on the standard gauge with a one row tuck pattern in a light yarn. I like the one row tuck because it makes a lighter fabric than 2 row tuck and a lighter fabric is much better for draping on the waterfall. The hem is faux garter stitch and I edged the fronts and neck with a row of single crochet, but a very narrow knitted edge would work, as well. The pattern is above in the drop down menus. 🙂
I have a three-quarter sleeved top I like the fit of pretty well, so I decided to make a pattern from it and knit another sweater. If you’d like to try that I have instructions on how to make your own pattern from a garment in the Techniques section above. I chose a lightweight cone yarn – Tamm Perla. It looks like cotton, but the label says it is acrylic. It will be easy care and I like the look of it. After my tension swatch, I drew the garment onto my knit leader sheet. I wanted a hung hem rather than ribbing because I prefer a looser fit at the bottom. It has set-in sleeves, which is unusual for me – I usually choose drop shoulder because it is so much quicker to knit with no sleeve shaping. So many of the readymade garments in the stores are drop shoulder now. It is knit on the standard gauge machine with a one row tuck, with pattern 277 in Stitch World 1. I favor one row tuck over a 2-row tuck pattern as it makes a much more subtle pattern. I did a cut and sew neckline, then sewed the whole garment together on the sewing machine (instructions for those 2 techniques are also above). 🙂 It was so quick once I began the construction process! I think I will use this pattern again! 🙂
I knit 3 Christmas sweaters in One Row Tuck from the same hand knit pattern schematic. I just used different sizes given on the pattern for each individual sweater. One Row Tuck very closely resembles hand knitting seed stitch and if you do not own or want to use a garter carriage – you can do it easily on a knitting machine. It is a lovely stitch that is as effortless as stockinet once you get started, but has some advantages over stockinet. First, you get the great texture of a seed stitch rather than plain stockinet. Then, since it is a tuck stitch, you get much more width out of it than you would with stockinet. When I did stockinet in one of my yarns at tension 3, I got 9.25 stitches per inch and 13.25 rows per inch. But when I did the one row tuck I got 7.50 stitches per inch and 20 rows per inch. This is a great advantage for knitting wider projects, because what might not fit on the bed with stockinet might well fit using One Row Tuck. You can knit a tad looser tension since the tuck makes a tighter stitch overall and your yarn will go further. It is easy to increase and decrease in pattern. Make your tension swatch and knit a sweater! Can you tell I love One Row Tuck? 🙂 For the instructions for either a punch card or programming into an electronic machine, check out the drop down menus above the blog title. Machine Knit Techniques; Stitch Techniques; One Row Tuck.