Janna asked in the comments to my last post if I could get a picture of the problem I’d described of strange bumps on the wrong side of my stockinette fabric. Well, I managed to make the same mistake this evening, and I got a picture of it.
My suspicions were correct. I was indeed knitting into the stitch below, as you would do in fisherman’s rib. In this picture, you can see the problem right in the center. The stitch in the center is the one that was knitted into one row too low. You can see the double-strand that was created as the stitch above it was obliterated. Clicking on the picture will take you over to Flickr where you can see notes and explanations ad nauseam.
I don’t do this often, but right after fixing this, I found one in basically the same row just two inches over. As you can see the problem is most apparent to the left of the column of stitches were the error occurred, so it’s quite easy to ladder down the wrong column in trying to fix it. Which results in the twist being carried across two columns. I’ve managed to perpetuate the stitch over several stitches in the past, but now that I know what to look for, perhaps things will go smoother. I’m very carefully feeling along the back of the fabric as I knit, trying to catch these little problems before they’re too far away from the needles.
On a lighter note, my colleague Donna pointed me to a blog post at a website that discusses copyright issues. In this post, the author highlighted public domain pictures of people wearing sweaters. Several were of curling teams put on Flickr by the Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, Alberta.
These sweaters are awesome – clearly made by skilled knitters with care and love. I really like the ones that feature intarsia curling stones.