As I continue to develop the plaid technique, I stumbled on a better way to work in joined rounds! This simple fix makes the join look much nicer and it’s very simile to incorporate into your work. Learn how to join the plaid stitch, the new way!
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Hey all! With Plaid Week starting in just a few days, I wanted to quickly share the new way I will be joining rounds. It’s not drastically different, but it makes the seam look much nicer and it is definitely worth mentioning before we get started.
In the past, I have either worked a ch 2, then counting the ch 2 as a st, work a dc in the next 2 sts. I don’t love this way, it makes the stitch look sparse and holey.
The other way is to work a ch 2, not count is as a stitch, and work a dc in the same st. This eliminates the “holey” problem, but causes it to look like there are 4 sts in the first plaid set.
What to do?
Somehow it dawned on me to do it a different way. To achieve this more seamless look, you will work one less stitch in the first plaid set. Begin with a Ch 2. The Ch 2 will NOT count as a stitch. Then, work a dc in the same st and the next st. This will technically only be 2 stitches in the first plaid block, but the ch 2 will make it look like three, making the seam much less noticeable, and the plaid patterns uniform.
To finish the round, you will join with the first dc, not the ch 2. This will mean that when you are working the Plaid Stitch on a projects with joined rows, you will work in multiples of 6 minus one.
So for the Plaid Slouchy Hat, it was originally a count of 72 sts around the hat, a multiple of 6. To work the updated version, you will work 71 stitches, which is a multiple of 6 minus one stitch. All of the patterns worked in joined rows will be written this way for Plaid Week 2017, however, all the patterns from last year’s Plaid Week have not been updated, so keep this in mind when you go back and work older patterns. You can, of course, work them as written! But keep this in mind if you want the pretty seam.
Confused? Watch a video here:
Doesn’t it look nice? Definitely a much better way.
Stay tuned! Plaid Week starts in 4 days!
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