Swing knitting (or should that be swingTM knitting?) is something I’ve been meaning to try for a while. It’s a short row technique that involves knitting blocks of colour one by one to build up a shape, whether that shape be more or less rectangular – like the front or back of a jumper – or something more curvy and dramatic. The prime example of the latter is a fabulous shawl called Dreambird, which is one of those immensely popular designs on Ravelry that thousands of people have knitted.
Well, seeing as I didn’t have anything on my needles after finishing a cardigan, I thought I’d have a go at a simple swing project. I chose Short Wave Mitts and I dug out some fluffy green mohair and a wool blend DK to use. They’ve both been in my yarn stash for longer than I care to remember.
The pattern is written for 4-ply (fingering) yarn, but the design gives brief instructions for converting it to suit DK. I’m sure the instructions make sense if you’ve already knitted a 4-ply pair, or anything else swingy. But they took some fathoming out for me. I got there eventually though. This is how the first mitt looked before grafting the longitudinal seam and knitting the thumb.
The top right green section was the first one knitted, then the next three in turn, moving in a southwesterly direction (if you see what I mean). That took me to the halfway point, after which I worked the green section immediately below the 4th green one, followed by the remaining 3, working in a southeasterly direction to finish at bottom right.
After completing the first mitt it looks like this:
It really wasn’t that difficult, and quite logical once I’d got into the swing of it (gedditt???). It inspired me to have a go at making a wavy, lens-like shape in a plain background, and then a wavy line.
The line was less successful as the wraps at the end of each short row are very obvious when wrapping a stitch in the opposite colour. I had another attempt, this time using German short rows.