Our coverage of Stage Two of le Tour de Gansey, part of the Tour de France Knitalong, picks up where Stage One left off. Literally. From the cast-on completed in Stage One, a 9-row garter welt is knit:
Then the efforts of Stage One are duplicated, followed by another 9 rows of garter stitch to make a second welt. Next, the preparations for the newest challenge begin, with the two welts side by side, ready to be joined into a “split and overlapped garter welt”:
Then, via a clever technique in which stitches are purled together, forming the beginning of the 2-stitch purl “seam” that will run up the body of the gansey, the two welts are joined:
The same maneuver is executed across the other side of the welt, creating a joined piece of circular knitting:
The conclusion of the stage is a fast, easy cycle around the newly created round, maintaining the 2-stitch “seam” established via the overlap procedure:
And with that, Stage Two is completed! Stay tuned for our coverage of Stage Three: The Plain Area, Seam Stitches, and Definition Ridge.