Catching long floats: ladderback-jacquard for hand knitting

neat technique to catch very long floats

I have learned this technique first from Grete Jenssen‘s pattern Heartbreaks, used as a “warm up” for Linda Marveng‘s Cambridge Cardigan. In Grete’s pattern there is a float that extends over tens of stitches (a maximum of 106 in my case), but the techniques makes it all rather tidy at the back:


It is in the same spirit as double knitting, with the difference that only one column of stocking stitch is worked on the WS of the work.

I have later learned that it is a technique commonly used in machine knitting, and in a 2014 thread in Ravelry where Brigiet reverse engineered it, though maybe someone else did also had figured it out earlier. I’ve also found a more recent tutorial by sockmatician here. I suspect it has even older origins.

It is easy to use, and rather practical. I am also contemplating using it to do the embroidery part of the Cambridge Cardigan, let’s see!

Author: lovestoswatch

I used to knit as a girl, then hanged the needles for two/three decades, and now I’m back, and loving it! The photo is my version of Linda Marveng's Aki, the first proper project after "being born again". After getting back into knitting, weaving has also become my passion (with a little sewing to turn my handweaving into garments).

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