So, I know that most of the time when I post a knitting pattern, it is usually very simple and for beginners. Last winter, I posted one for a knitted turban style headband, where you kind of “faked” a cable knit. It turned out really well, and I still use the pattern today. However, I do want to show you an easy way you can still get that lovely twist in your work, without literally twisting it like in my last pattern. At first glance, it looks complicated for a beginner. But I PROMISE you that it isn’t. It does take concentration and patience, but the end result is totally worth it.
Before I go any further, this is a pattern for straight needles. I wouldn’t have a clue how to do this on circular needles 🙂 But, feel free to use double pointed needles, because this would actually be a great pattern for that!
(Chunky weight yarn and size US 13 needles)
- Cast on 14 stitches
- Knit every row until your work measures about 6.5 inches.
- Knit the first 6 stitches, and place them on a holder
- With 8 stitches left on your needle, cast off 2 stitches, then knit the last 6 stitches.
- Keep knitting the last 6 stitches until they measure about 4 inches.
- Now, break your yarn, leaving about a 6 inch tail, and place these stitches on a holder.
(You will later use this tail to secure your twist)
- Next, you will pick up your first 6 stitches, and knit until you reach 4 inches, the same length as the last 6 stitches.
- Now for the twist, take the last 6 stitches and diagonally bring them up in front of the first 6 stitches. Just cross them right over.
- Your stitches have now switched places. The last 6 stitches will now become the first stitches that you will knit again, and the first 6 stitches will become the last stitches you will knit.
- Slide your needle through all 12 stitches
- With all 12 stitches on your needle, knit the first 5 stitches.
- When you get to the 6th stitch, increase 1 knit wise.
- Do the same thing on the following stitch.
(So, increase 1 each on stitches 6 and 7)
- Now you should have increase by 2 stitches, which brings you back to a total of 14.
- Knit for about 6.5 inches, just like the first half, and cast off.
- Take your yarn tail that you have from breaking the yarn earlier, and gently sew that twist together in the middle. Be cautious of how you place your yarn, or it could potentially be noticeable in the front. Weave in the ends.
- Turn your work inside out, sew the ends together to create a seam.
- Turn right side out, and you’re done!