Raised Stripe?

I bought a sweater this weekend while out Christmas shopping. I didn't notice until I got home that it has some raised stripes on it, and I can't figure out how they did it. I've attached some pictures. Does anyone have any idea how to do this??

The stripe is 3 or 4 stitches tall.

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fuzzed's picture

My brain is telling me it's called a "horizontal welt", but Google isn't giving me anything useful, so I could have the name wrong. But the technique is super easy, I just hope I can explain it plainly.

All you have to do is you take the purl bump 2, 3, 4 or however many rows down you want, from the wrongside of the knitting and put it on your needle and knit it together with the next stitch. Do that all the way across your knitting, and it creates this welt, which is actually a horizontal tube in your knitting.

Clear as mud? ;)

Raymiew's picture

That's clear to me! I knew they had to knit it and drop back down but I couldn't figure out how to do it. It's a neat look on this sweater...I didn't see they were raised until I was looking at it and noticed that the stitches didn't line up right. Then when I ran my hand down it I felt the raised parts.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yay, Fuzz! I recognized the technique right away but wasn't quite up on the particulars. The basics, yes. Not the rest. Mary Thomas covers it in here books, along with a couple of her contemporaries. [Edit to add: Yay to NYB, too! I missed the twisted stitches and how they help the row 'pop' out.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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grandcarriage's picture

Gold star for Fuzzed. Exactly! I just did a series of these on a sweater design. You beat me to the punch and I didn't have to figure out how to explain it. My fuzzy hero!

New York Built's picture

One thing that I see in those raised rows...twisted stitches. The stitch mounts are reversed. In the row, you knit into the back of the stitch. This action creates a spring-loop for the yarn, which acts as a tensional device to raise the surface level of the "bead".


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Craig's picture

Would have to agree with Fuzzy on this one

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

albert's picture

You BOUGHT A SWEATER??!!!! Oh mah Lawd, Ah feel an attack of the vapors comin' on! Looks like something fun to try (the welt, not the buying).

robstrauss's picture

I'm in a similar quandary. It's cold here and I could
use a new sweater (I only own one), but I can't justify
buying myself one. I just wouldn't feel right wearing a store-bought
sweater when I know that eventually (months, years)
I'll be able to knit my own. I think I may just settle for a
new sweat shirt until then.

albert's picture

You can knit your own sweater right now- just get your mind out of your way and do it.

grandcarriage's picture

Here's what I do... I hit the thrift stores until I find a lovely wool sweater that fits me perfectly and I can use as inspiration for shape or design for a sweater I'd like to knit. I'm recycling, saving money, and getting a design "mule". Extra brownie points if you find one that has a hole in it for a buck (local thrift does this...fabulous!) and you repair it. Gud yarn karma!

Raymiew's picture

It's hard...I could have bought 5 pretty ones, but I just bought one. I can spend $15 on that sweater or $100 plus on yarn and the next 3 years to knit it...by that time I'll be a different size (no no I will look at my closet) and what I started won't fit anyway. It's really easier to buy it, BUT I did refuse to buy more than one because I can do it myself.

And I need to keep little Mei Ling and her family in food in China. WHY Albert do you hate little Mei Ling so much you want to starve her out of her home!!!!

albert's picture

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses? Humbug!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Unfortunately, in China, yes there are. Still, I know you're just teasing, Albert. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Raymiew's picture

Well yeah...who you think made my sweater!!