Damselfly Cardigan from Glamourie by Alice Starmore

Damselfly Technique Videos

These technique videos are a project in progress. I am currently knitting a Damselfy cardigan in a new Red colourway, and as I go along we are filming key points of knitting technique. This section shows:

  • An overview of the main knitting points of a finished Damselfly cardigan.
  • Preparing the main body for knitting on the yoke border.
  • Casting on the centre front steek and knitting on the yoke border.
  • An overview of the yoke pattern setting.
  • Working the steek and setting the pattern in the round.
  • An overview of the finished steeks.
  • Knitting in the round and changing colours at the centre front steek.
  • Beginning armhole steeks and shaping with ssk and k2tog decreases.

There will be a new installment in December which will show working the neck, grafting shoulders, blocking a sleeve and cutting and finishing the steeks. But for now, we hope that the following videos will be helpful for whatever stranded design you are currently working on.

 

An Overview of a Finished Damselfly Cardigan

A look at the structure of a Damselfly cardigan and some of the knitting techniques we will be focusing on.

Preparing the Body for Joining the Yoke Border

A look at the finished lower body and how to transfer stitches from a piece of yarn onto a needle, and why you would use yarn for a holder in this case.

Casting on the Front Steek and Knitting the Body and Border Together

How to join the border and body together and cast on your first steek to work in the round.

An Overview of the Yoke Pattern Setting

A look at how this particular pattern is laid out and worked with shaping at the underarms.

Setting and Knitting the Pattern in the Round

This covers setting the pattern in the round and working your cast on steek stitches.

An Overview of Finished Steeks

Here you will see the finished steeks on a Damselfly cardigan.

Knitting in the Round

This section talks you through knitting in the round, why we use steeks, and what they should look like.

Beginning the Armhole Steeks

Here you will see casting off the armhole stitches and casting on the armhole steeks. Then you will see the first armhole round where shaping begins at each side of the steek with a k2tog and an ssk decrease.

The Damsel Fly hand knitwear design by Alice Starmore from the book Glamourie
The Damsel Fly hand knitwear design by Alice Starmore from the book Glamourie
The Damsel Fly hand knitwear design by Alice Starmore from the book Glamourie

We will be back with more Damselfly technique videos in December, click here for the Damselfly yarn pack if you would like to knit along!

Damselfly Cardigan from Glamourie by Alice Starmore