Oh my goodness, I’m so excited about my Refraction Cowl! It’s beautiful and squishy and has just the right amount of texture.
This is all about providing you with some support on all the techniques you need to make this pattern. Based on feedback from my last round of pattern support, I have ventured into the scary world of video pattern support this time!
Side note: saying “twist stitch” and “twisted stitches” was WAY more of a tongue twister than I thought about when I sat down to record! I did okay, but honestly, I should’ve made up an easier name for me to use when recording this. I also alternate between calling this twist stitches and twisted stitches in the video – I mean the same twist stitches that my pattern talks about throughout, please don’t think that I’m talking about two different things.
The video turned out to be a bit longer than I expected (14 minutes), so I’ve included some notes below so that if you want to jump to a particular section, that should make it easy for you. (There’s also some highlights/key points noted in the notes below, so if you are jumping around, it might be worth reading them in case there’s anything mentioned in a different section that’s useful to know).
- Introduction (00:00-00:57): I show you what the cowl looks like (so squishy!) and tell you what techniques are in the video
- Cast On (00:57-02:55): I show you how to do the long tail cast-on PURLWISE (and tell you that if you’d rather use another cast on, that’s fine too!)
- Joining to work in the round (02:55-05:23): I show you that my method requires an extra stitch, so I start by casting that on and then joining to work in the round. If you have a method you already use, go ahead and use that, this is just how I tend to join my pieces. Also, please excuse the fact that this section looks super awkward – I always find the first few stitches in the round a bit awkward to work and trying to do them holding my needles under a camera only added to that.
- Intro to twist stitches (05:24-07:59): I show you what the twist stitches look like on the swatch I set up for this tutorial. I mention it takes a couple of rounds for the pattern to start appearing, that these are the same as 1 over 1 cables, that they always represent two stitches and are never an increase or decrease, and lifelines might be a good idea when you start. I also promised a link to the Vogue Knitting site, which shows some alternative ways of making these stitches, so here it is: link to Vogue Knitting (Left Twist and Right Twist – these are always on the knit side for this pattern).
- Left Twist (08:00-10:04): I show you how to work a Left Twist stitch. I also mention (which is really quite important for all the twist stitches) that the two loops that are made are always worked as two stitches when you come to them again. This is also true for the Right Twist and Right Twist Across Marker stitches!
- Right Twist (10:04-11:31): I show you how to work a Right Twist stitch. (I also learn that scribbling down notes on my swatch frantically fast because I was trying to catch the light for the video was NOT MY BEST IDEA EVER because I managed to leave a section out of my notes when jotting them down on a piece of paper from my phone. Duh. Also, I have test knitters so that this doesn’t happen in my patterns – thank you test knitters, I love your work!).
- Right Twist Across Marker (11:32-14:04): I show you how to work the Right Twist Across Marker stitch, which is awfully similar to the Right Twist stitch, except that you have to move the marker a bit! I also show you right at the end how the pattern of the twist stitches is starting to show through.
Okay, enough with the notes. Here’s the video.
I hope that you enjoyed my first ever pattern support video! I am very open to constructive feedback – please feel free to comment or email so I can make the next one even better…