balance stitch patterns vertically

balance stitch patterns vertically
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BY SUZANNE BRYAN
Balancing Stitch Patterns: Part 2 – Vertical Balance
This is a continuation from Balancing Stitch
Patterns: Part 1 – Horizontal Balance which
was published in the Spring 2015 issue. Part 1
discussed the terms “multiple” and “repeat” as
well as how to balance stitch patterns across a
fabric horizontally.
Part 2 discusses balancing stitch patterns
vertically on the fabric.
In Level 1 of the Master Knitting Program
Swatch 16 tests the knitter’s ability to balance a
pattern vertically. The stitch pattern is given
along with directions for balancing the pattern.
In Level 2, lace Swatches 10-11, cable Swatches
12-13 and buttonhole Swatch 17 require that
the knitter provide swatches and patterns that
are balanced horizontally and vertically.
Level 3 has many opportunities for the knitter
to show expertise in balancing patterns
horizontally and vertically in the swatches
and also in the culminating hat and sweater
projects.
First we will look at the opportunities for
balancing a basic cable pattern vertically.
that you want the cable crossing a few rows
from the top and bottom of the fabric.
A note about cable crossings and how they
appear on the fabric. In row 5 of this stitch
pattern you will work the cable crossing by
rearranging the order of the stitches and then
knitting across those rearranged stitches. This
creates a row of knitting with the cable
crossing directly below the just knit stitches.
If the row count is not evenly divisible by 8,
then you will need to manipulate the placement
of the cable crossing to maintain a vertically
balanced look in the fabric.
On the chart it appears that there are only 3
rows of knitting after the cable crossing, but on
the fabric – that cable crossing row looks like a
knit row with the cable just below. So to visually
balance the cable on the fabric you have to
consider that cable crossing row as a knit row.
In the chart labeled Six Stitch Cable, the stitch
pattern, the stitch pattern multiple is 8 + 2
stitches. The repeat is 8 rows. You can see that
the cable is centered within the repeat. If your
fabric has a row count that is evenly divisible by
8, this stitch pattern would be centered within
the fabric vertically. This chart also assumes
In Chart A we are assuming that your row
count is divisible by 8 with 2 rows left over. If
we just add the two rows to the top of the fabric
it would create an unbalanced look to the fabric
as seen here.
If we move one of the two rows to the bottom
of the repeat we would end up with a balanced
pattern on the fabric (See Chart B). Notice
that you will also need to change the first row
to a wrong side row in order to keep the cable
a right side row. Also note that the
If crossing
the rowoncount
is not evenly divisible by 8, then y
cable crossing is no longer centered within the
the cable crossing to maintain a vertically balance
repeat. That is OK.
In this second example we are assuming that you
over.
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the fabric as seen here.
CHART A
SIX STITCH CABLE
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If we move one of the two rows to the bottom of th
pattern on the fabric. Notice that you will also nee
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longer centered within the repeat. That is OK. Yo
the repeat to create your desired effect.
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You can move the cable crossing up or down
in the repeat to create your desired effect.
The examples assume that the cable design is
symmetrical from top to bottom.
create a directional pattern like an inverted V.
If your fabric has a row count evenly divisible
by 8 (the row count for one repeat of this
pattern) then this stitch pattern would fit
perfectly.
here. One was added at the top and one at the
bottom. Then the red box indicating the repeat
rows was moved down one row. Notice that
row 1 is now a right side row in order to keep
all of the shaping within the right side rows.
would not
matter
this were
in
In thisThis
example
you
canif see
thatworked
the yarnovers
and
the round,
rows fabric
would be
right
an inverted
V. asIfallyour
has
a side
rowrows.
count evenly
But again, what if your fabric is divisible by
8 with leftover rows? Chart D is an example of this pattern) then this stitch pattern would fit perf
You can see from the above examples that
of how to balance this pattern when there are
There will be times when you may want
If we
move one
of the that
two is
rows
the bottom of the repeat
we would
end
up with
a balanced
symmetrical or asymmetrical stitch patterns
extra rows.
We will
assume
there
are two extra
to balance
a pattern
not to
vertically
what if your fabric is divisible by 8 with le
pattern
on the fabric.
that
you will
also need torows.
change the first row to a wrong side row But again,
can be balanced vertically using the same
symmetrical.
Charts Notice
C and D
explore
balancing
how
to
balance
this techniques
pattern when
there
in order
to
keep
the
cable
crossing
on
a
right
side
row.
Also
note
that
the
cable
crossing
is
no
techniques. These
can be used
forare extra ro
opportunitiese for this type of pattern. In Chart
longer
centered
within
the
repeat.
That
is
OK.
You
can
move
the
cable
crossing
up
or
down
in
rows.
most stitch patterns.
You can see that there are two extra rows
C you can see that the yarnovers and decreases
the repeat to create your desired effect.
CHART B
CHART C
CHART D
The examples above assume that the cable design is symmetrical from top to bottom.
You can see that there are two extra rows here. O
bottom. Then the red box indicating the repeat row
1 is now a right side row in order to keep all of the
would not matter if this were worked in the round, a
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