|Falkirk by Theresa Schabes|
from Twist Collective, Fall 2014
|Plaid Tam by Theresa Schabes|
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Hat Book
If you've handled a crochet hook before, you can conquer this technique. Heck, you can do it even if you've never seen a crochet hook. All you are doing is making a crochet chain - which is just pulling a loop through a loop. Here you're doing it through the spaces of a knitted fabric. In my plaid designs I create a column of purl stitches so there is a nice groove to show you where to put that crochet chain. And, the recess of the purl column allows the crochet chain to sink to the level of the stockinette stitch fabric around it.
|Plaid Fingerless Mitts by Laura Lamers|
from The NorthCoast Knittery
If you've never worked an applied crochet chain, I've got a tutorial on my blog here. Webs has a video tutorial here. They refer to the technique as surface crochet.
|Plaid Dog Sweater by Tara Schreyer|
Applied crochet chain can be a simple but bold grid when worked in a single color on a solid background. Increase the number of colors, either in the crochet or the background and you get a more sophisticated fabric. I love to combine surface crochet with two-stranded intarsia, but I'll talk more about that in a later blog post covering combined techniques.
Next up: duplicate stitch or Swiss darning.