Two new things I've stumbled onto

Hey, guys.

I've "discovered" a couple of teriffic knitting "things" recently and I want to spread it around. Feel free to tell me, "Thanks, Jerry; you're the last male knitter on earth to have discovered these."

That possibility notwithstanding . . .

The "Mistake Stitch Rib"  (apparently also called Mistake Rib)

  1. # 7 using worsted for example 
  2. Cast on in multiples of 4 + 3
  3. Work a "normal" 2 x 2 rib (*k2, p2* 'til dizzyness sets in) EXCEPT MAKE THOSE FINAL 3 STS K2, P1.
  4. Turn
  5. Repeat numb 3 above EXACTLY.
    1. "Exactly" means pay absolutely no attention to the the row you just completed and you're now knitting into.
    2. I.e., k2, p2 across and working final 3 sts k2 p1.
    3. When (not if) you loose your place, either (a) review you k2p2 progress across the row and jump back in, or (b) figure out your own keep-track method relative to the row you're knitting into: your k2's are knit into a final k and a first p.
  6. That's it.  Keep repeating the pattern described in number 3 above.

This gives a beautiful and unusual sport look -- wider than regular 2 x 2 but still springy.  It's also the same on both sides (good for, say, scarfs scarves?)

For 2-color, the intarsia method works, although it'll no longer be quite the same on both sides. Wrap all the color-to-color changes on the same side; you'll see what I mean. Both sides still are attractive.

Any decade now I'll slap on a photo of an off-beat scarf I'm using this knit pattern.  On.

You gotta stop whatever you're doing and try a little swatch.