Good lord, I may be in danger of finishing a pattern exactly as written. It’s Jared Flood‘s Koolhaas, and it’s basically perfect. It’s striking, easy to memorize, and seems to show sign of the same deep-seated and thorough logic that I strive for in my own patterns.
I gotta wonder, though — was it easy for him to figure out? Or did he spend a week banging his head on the table trying to figure out the way to decrease the top of the hat in a way that looks so effortless?
Casting on for Koolhaas
It’s knitted in “Basque” from Artfibers, which is discontinued. (The bastards! Now I will have to go to their store on my lunch break and find a new favorite. There goes even more money.) It’s a fantastic yarn, but I’ve really liked seeing the ones on Ravelry worked in a smooth yarn. Mad props to Flood!
Anyway, because I’m either efficient or totally lazy, here’s my way of doing the crossed stitches without using a cable needle or dropping stitches off the needle:
1/1 LC: Knit the second st on needle through back loop without dropping it off the left-hand needle, then k first st through back loop. Drop both stitches off left-hand needle.
1/1 RPC: With yarn to back of work, put the needle tip between the first and second sts on the left-hand needle. Insert the needle into the second stitch as if to knit through the back loop. Knit second st through back loop without dropping it. Bring yarn to front, then purl first st. Drop both sts from left-hand needle.
1/1 LPC: Skipping the first st on the left needle, yf and then insert the tip of the right needle into the purl st from left to right through the back leg of the purl st (yes, this is sometimes tricky) and purl without dropping the st. K the first st through the back loop and drop both stitches off the needle.
After each of these, when you drop the crossed stitches off the needle, tug them a bit to adjust the tightness. They all work, though the last one is sometimes more difficult than a traditional cable without a cable needle.