le Tour de Gansey, part deux: Stage Two

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Welcome back to the coverage of le Tour de Gansey, part deux; part of the Tour de France Knitalong! Today, it’s time for:

Stage Two: Garter Welts

At the end of the last stage, we’d established a sturdy but decorative cast-on. In this stage, we first knit from this cast-on 11 rows of garter stitch over half of the number of stitches we’ll use around the body of the gansey, forming a welt that will hang straight at the bottom of the sweater:

Garter Welts

Then we knit a second one, in the exact same manner, and prepare to join them, overlapping two stitches on either side, thus creating a split, overlapping garter welt which form a non-binding bottom edge to the garment:

Garter Welts

Next we make the first overlap, by putting two stitches from the righthand needle on a dpn, and then purling two together from the dpn and the lefthand needle, twice. This overlaps the welts, and starts the two stitch purl faux-seam which will run up each side of the sweater:

Garter Welts

Here is the first overlap:

Garter Welts

And here is the finished split, overlapping garter welt, after the second overlap is performed:

Garter Welts

And with that, it’s time to move on to Stage 3: Plain Area, Seam Stitches, and Definition Ridge!

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3 thoughts on “le Tour de Gansey, part deux: Stage Two

  1. this is fun! i like how you’re breaking it up into stages. you seem to be knitting very fast though, you must be on stage five by now, right? :)

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