We’re back with more coverage of le Tour de Gansey, part of the Tour de France Knitalong, presenting
Stage Four: Pattern Motifs
Like the real Tour, we’re into the mountains (at least metaphorically speaking)! New techniques are all over the place in these next few stages. In the current stage, we use a chart to knit a combination of knit-purl and cable patterns into the upper body section of the gansey. The stage starts in the round, but quickly splits into a front and back section, knit separately and flat, so as to allow room for the arms (which will appear in a later stage) without resorting to steeking. Along the way, we learn a new technique for forming a two-stitch “true cable” without the use of a cable needle (and without even using the trick of sliding stitches off the needle and reordering them!). Here’s a close-up of one of the cables formed using this technique:
(Sorry for the blurriness…it’s dreary around these parts lately). And here’s what things look like at the conclusion of the stage:
Here you can see the seed-stitch diamond motif, the horizontal “ribbing”, and of course, those lovely little cables, which together make up the patterning for the upper body. And if you’re paying attention, you can even see a preview of Stage Five: The Underarm Gusset, due to the overlapping nature of that stage and the current one (something that’s not quite possible in the actual Tour!)
That’s all for today, folks! Come back for more coverage of le Tour de Gansey later in the week!