Do you have a good method for spacing increases evenly in ribbing? In my early years of knitting I would just eyeball it and place the increases randomly not thinking it really made a difference just as long as they were not all jumbled together. Now I know that a smoother transition can be made from ribbing to another stitch pattern if they are placed properly. This was a skill addressed (and evaluated) in Level 1 of the Master Hand Knitting Program.
In Margaret Fisher’s book, Seven Things That Make or Break a Sweater, some options are given showing how you can place those increases ‘evenly spaced.’ Thankfully, the goal is to have approximately the same number of stitches between the increases and it is not to have the exact stitches.
There are a number of different ways knitters calculate the spacing of their increases and if you talk to your knitting buddies about it chances are they will each differ in how they do it. The important thing, and the thing that will break your sweater instead of making it is that you HIDE the increases in the ribbing.
The bar increase is barely visible when it is worked into a knit stitch which is followed by a purl stitch. You work a bar increase by knitting into the front and back of a stitch. The bar increase produces a little bump that looks like a purl stitch so when you work it into a knit-stitch-followed-by-a-purl-stitch it blends right in with that purl stitch. But if you don’t? Well, it looks like a misplaced purl stitch disrupting your ribbing and you know what that means, don’t you? Are you going to MAKE it or are you going to BREAK it?
Have I mentioned yet that I think this is a very informative book and one worth adding to your library? I really like working this little project sweater to cement the ‘seven things’ in my head.