cabling Techniques

Dimensional Tuck Knitting

Every now and again a book comes along that changes the way you look at your craft and Dimensional Tuck Knitting by Tracy Purtscher is one of those.

When I worked for textile giant, Courtaulds, way back in the 80s I was lucky enough to spend time with some very creative textiles students.  It was then I saw tuck machine knitting for the first time and these talented people designed some amazing jersey fabrics.

IMG_20171113_111314I had never really thought about using this technique in hand knitting until Tracy’s book landed on my desk. The basic idea is to pick up a stitch from the back and knit it with the stitch on your needle to gather the fabric up into a fold.  It almost looks like you are cabling.  In fact, if you have ever been nervous about cabling, this could be the technique for you.

IMG_20171113_111324The book uses charts to show you where and when to tuck in a very clear way and there are lots of stitch patterns for you to try, as well as a few projects.

IMG_20171113_111339I have had great fun trying the tuck knitting out but I would recommend that you use a light coloured yarn while you are swatching.  I chose a dark grey first time round and could barely see which stitches I was aiming for in the tuck!


2 comments on “Dimensional Tuck Knitting

  1. josiekitten

    This looks fascinating. I’ve done basic tuck stitch where you create a ridge in an entire row, but this opens up a whole world of new possibilities.

  2. Must be why I signed up to her class at VKL in January

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