Wednesday, 19 March 2014

To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn…

We were reading Ecclesiastes 3 last Sunday, and in the afternoon, I was playing the Pete Seeger song. When I did that knitting for the London City Mission recently, the cardigan pattern was knitted in one piece, and the shaping was done by turning rows. I became quite fascinated by this technique, it isn’t one I have used much in the past.

IMG_1655I picked up this super book in the library on Saturday. I really like Debbie Bliss designs, and they are usually enjoyable to knit up.

There was a matinee jacket, knitted in one piece with much turning, and it needed some “Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino” – which is somewhere between DK and 4ply in weight.


I had found some yarn labelled “baby DK” in my stash – but it is tending towards 4ply – so I am attempting to knit the jacket. It involves lots of [a]turning and [b] keeping stitches on a holder whilst you work on other parts. It was a good activity travelling on the train to London and back for my WWDP committee – and I had some interesting glances, and a few questions from other passengers, and the needles went round and round in my hands!!

Has anyone else done a ‘turning’ pattern? [I have learned about wrapping the yarn round at the turn, so that there are no holes in my work!]


  1. We used the reading for both mum and dads funerals. Sums things up I reckon.

  2. Haven't tried short rows yet but have a lovely shawl pattern and wool that I am hoping to do.

  3. I started a cardigan for myself in almost that same pattern, except that the instructions were NOT to wrap, so that the holes made part of the pattern. I got fed up before I got to the first armhole, and unpicked it! But it is a pretty way to shape a garment and baby things are sooooo much easier. When I saw your LCM cardis I meant to ask you how they'd been done - my preferred method these days is the top down raglan as it avoids sleeve seams.

  4. I've not seen this technique before - I'm sure I'd be doing lots of pulling back and picking up dropped stitches! I'm sure there will come 'a time' for me to try it out.
    Love from Mum


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