I'm going to be starting another cardigan soon, the EADON, which has lots of K3-P2 ribbing throughout the body.
Plus, I am currently knitting another HALLETT'S LEDGE, in blue this time, which has a lot of K3-P3 ribbing for the bottom half of the cardigan.
Here's something that has always IRKED ME about miles of ribbing like this: the last knit stitch (in the KNITS COLUMN) that sits right next to the PURL COLUMN tends to be too big. Misshapen. I'm forever using a tapestry needle to tweak it...to coax the extra yarn out of it and onto the other knits sitting beside it. Those of you who are also OCD knitters like me...you know what I'm talking about.
Anyway, in reading others notes for the EADON, I stumbled upon a gal who read about a CURE for this!
Here is what she wrote in her notes for the EADON:
[COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]“I am also using this pattern as an opportunity to try a technique I read about recently: When switching from knit to purl: the first purl is wrapped clockwise rather than counter and it really does the trick to give a uniform stitch size on the edge of the SS columns! That stitch will straddle the needle backwards, so you need to pay attention and treat it appropriately on the flip side.”[/COLOR]
I knew immediately what she was talking about!
Here is a diagram/summary of the issue:
The knit stitch just before the purl stitch in K3-P2 ribbing is always a little off, a little biggish. PP-KKK-PP-KKK-PP-KKK (the bolded K is the knit stitch that seems to come out kinda biggish, loose-ish!)\
Anyway, I used the technique for my blue HALLETT'S LEDGE, and it worked!!!
Oh, BTW, where she says: [COLOR=DarkSlateBlue]"...That stitch will straddle the needle backwards, so you need to pay attention and treat it appropriately on the flip side."[/COLOR]....what she means is the stitch will be turned around....and what you do is knit it tbl to "right the stitch" as it goes onto the right needle.
Anyway, here is my HALLETT'S LEDGE progress. See those miles and miles of K3-P3 ribbing for the 'skirt' of the cardigan??
BTW: the T-pins are marking where I made my decreases in the purl ditch, reducing the P3 to P2 for the side shaping, a modification that I developed to make an invisible decreases path.
This photo is BEFORE blocking of course, and I'm already happy with my K3 columns! What a great tip to stumble upon in that girl's notes!
It pays to read all the notes that others have posted over at Rav before you cast on for your project. You can learn the neatest things from other knitters!