Helix is an amazing technique for working in the round. Its main advantage is that it eliminates the jogs at the beginning of the rounds. This is very handy while knitting texture stitch patterns and color stripes.
1. In the theoretical part, the double helix principle will be explained, as well as the anti-helix — it is a very easy new method of working Brioche rib in the round without purls, using one or two colours. The technique has never been published before.
2. In the practical part you will learn how to work without jogs the next stitch patterns: stockinette stripes; garter stitch unicolored, one-row and two-row stripes; brioche rib and honeycomb brioche; Chinese wave and big herringbone (twice knit stitch).
The handout includes the instructions for the technique for different stitch patterns.
Technique Requirements: cast on/bind off, knit/purl sts, brioche sts, knitting in the round. You should be comfortable to work small diameter tubes easily.
You have a choice: You may wish to work one long tube, trying different stitch patterns one after another. In this case prepare only one sample of each part. Or, if you would like to have separate samples for each pattern, cast on 7 samples as described below.
To join in the round you can use Smooth Join or any other method of your choice.
For sample 1 cast on 24 sts; work 3 rounds in 1x1 rib
For sample 2 cast on 24 sts, knit 1 round
For sample 3 cast on 25 sts, knit 1 round
For sample 4 cast on 26 sts, join in the round and knit 1 st
For sample 5 cast on 26 sts, join in the round and knit 1 st
For sample 6 cast on 23 sts, join in the round and knit 1 st
For sample 7 cast on 30 sts on two needles, join in the round and knit 1 st
DK or worsted weight yarn, in two contrasting colors. For each sample two balls of about 5–10 meters each; four sets of needles to work in the round, with needle size to match the yarn, as well as two sets of needles thinner and one set thicker (for Part 2).