Today we will be talking techniques. This might sound scary but don’t worry it will be an easy technique that you can quickly adapt and use on your projects: Knitting in a bias
To knit a shawl in a bias (diamond) shape always looks special. The shape creates a wide part around the neck and the shawl ends in a point to easily tie it without making it bulky. The shape also allows a longer finished size from the same amount of yarn.
The increase and decrease line will be in a 45-degree angle. Therefore the edges need an increase/decrease of 2 stitches every other row. The first/last stitch needs to be extra long otherwise the diagonal of 45 degrees will be too short.
The solution is to knit the edge stitches twice (K2x) as follows:
Knit the stitch, put this stitch back onto your left needle and knit this stitch again.
For a perfect edge follow these directions:
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, K2tog, K2tog, work to the last three stitches of the row, make one, knit one, make one, knit one, knit the last stitch twice (K2x).
Slip the first stitch as if to purl, work to the last stitch of the row and knit the last stitch twice (K2x).
To do so it is very easy and good for Beginners. You will love the shape.
I hope this post will make you cast on and try this easy and beautiful technique. At SKEINO we designed these two items in bias:
Eight single skeins in a multicolor sequence are braided into this SHAWL KNITTING KIT. The basic Garter Stitch creates (through decrease and increase rows) an easy knitted on the bias shaped piece, good for beginners. This puffy Alpaca Boucle Yarn is feather light and it turns this shawl into a soft cuddling piece. The yarn changes are easy and you will finish this shawl in no time.
This BIAS SHAWL uses one ball of SKEINO’s HARLEQUIN YARN. The easy Garter Stitch knitting is great for beginners. The shape is designed by 2 stitch increases and decreases. To have a perfect diagonal edge, the last stitch of each row needs to be knitted twice. Enjoy knitting with the buttery soft yarn and watch the colors changing. We are sure you will enjoy this light cloudy shawl on a cool Spring day.
What do you think about knitting in bias? Let us know in the comment section!