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Norah’s Knits: Cuff to Cuff Knitting

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If you’re first learning how to knit, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the various techniques and stitches at your disposal. I suggest starting with traditional knitting, particularly when it comes to sweater knitting, to help increase your knitting confidence.  Start with the back to get a handle on your pattern stitch and to make sure the piece is coming out to fit (yes, gauge swatches can sometimes be deceptive), move on to the front or fronts and finish up with the sleeves and finishing.

Most of the patterns in the Berroco library fit the traditional knitting mold. Some patterns, however, are knit with novel constructions, like sideways knitting. When you start a sweater at one cuff and work to the center, or work clear over to the other cuff, that’s sideways knitting. Cuff to cuff knitting, or cuff to center knitting, means sewing fewer seams and is a fun break from the back, front, sleeves routine.

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Jujuba is knit from cuff to center and is also an example of unconventional seamless knitting. You start with a sleeve knit in the round, cast on for one front, pick up for the second front, work a bit and join both sides with a decorative three needle bind off. For a slightly different take, you’ll find the same construction in its cousin, Buckland.

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If you’re not familiar with the three needle bind off, check out our video demonstration.

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kate #

    I love the 1st one….where do I find the pattern
    Kate

    January 28, 2013
  2. norahgaughan #

    Thanks, I am glad you like it. Sorry, I forgot to link the text. The photos are linked to the free patterns. I am linking the text now!

    January 28, 2013
  3. Marty #

    Click on the pic n it will pop up.

    January 28, 2013
  4. I really love the patterns what advice would you give so that the cast off side is the same as the cast on I had a problem with this before and have never knitted a sweater pattern like it again but would love to try

    January 28, 2013
    • norahgaughan #

      These 2 patterns are worked cuff to center, so the cuffs will always match.

      If I were knitting a true cuff to cuff sweater I might consider using a k1 on, purl 1 on cast on and a tapestry needle bind off. The lack of matching doesn’t really bother me though, I might not go to all the trouble of using the advance techniques. Knitting is supposed to be fun.

      January 28, 2013
  5. I’ve loved Jujuba from the instant it was published. A fine example of design elegance!

    January 28, 2013
  6. Jan Palin #

    This is a very nice garment. It has all kinds of possibilities depending on the yarn one chooses.

    January 28, 2013
  7. Marty #

    What do you think of using the kitchener stitch instead of the 3 ndl BO?

    January 29, 2013
    • norahgaughan #

      I prefer the 3 needle bind off, with the seam to the outside, because it’s a major design element. Kitchener stitch would be a real tour de force in Seduce, but if you prefer to omit the decorative seam, it would work well.

      January 29, 2013
    • Jan Palin #

      I like the 3-needle bind off for this piece as its a design feature.

      Sent from Jan

      January 29, 2013
      • i think both styles have merit depends on the look you want

        January 29, 2013
      • norahgaughan #

        Oh yes, absolutely.

        January 29, 2013

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