And no, I don’t mean crochet…
I have a pamphlet which was published by Old Sturbridge Village (a living history museum in Massachusetts) that has several historical knitting patterns. I have done a couple of them; the one I’m working on now is for a pair of muffatees (which are basically gloves with no fingers), and uses a pattern stitch which they call “two-color chain stitch”. I’m pretty sure that I have achieved the stitch, which is described in the pamphlet thusly:
“Use two colors of wool, one white, one colored. Cast on desired number of stitches. Knit alternating one stitch in white with one stitch of colored yarn. To achieve a chain-like effect, be sure to cross the yarns every stitch as one does in two-colored knitting. In succeeding rows, knit in white those stitches that had been knit with colored yarn and vice versa. The threads will periodically need to be untangled.”
As I said, I think I’m doing it correctly, and the result is a very attractive, tweed-like appearance. (I’m using charcoal-gray and white.) My question is this: I’m trying to teach myself to knit continental, using the videos on this website as my tutor. But so far I haven’t been able to figure out how to switch the yarns with my left hand as I was doing before with my right hand when I was knitting English. This stitch is rather more challenging than the Intarsia shown on the video at this website, as you must cross the yarns after EVERY stitch, so completely dropping one of the yarns is not practical, as it will have to be picked up again one stitch later.
Has anyone ever attempted this pattern, or something like it, while knitting continental? Has anyone ever even HEARD of this pattern, or is it something that has been lost to antiquity? (I did a search for “chain stitch” and all I got was lots of posts about crochet.)
BTW, it’s not that I’m less adept with my left hand; I’m actually a left-handed person. It’s just that I learned English first.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!