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)
- # 7 using worsted for example
- Cast on in multiples of 4 + 3
- Work a "normal" 2 x 2 rib (*k2, p2* 'til dizzyness sets in) EXCEPT MAKE THOSE FINAL 3 STS K2, P1.
- Repeat numb 3 above EXACTLY.
- "Exactly" means pay absolutely no attention to the the row you just completed and you're now knitting into.
- I.e., k2, p2 across and working final 3 sts k2 p1.
- 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.
- 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.