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jeanhal
Warming Up

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Posted - 12/20/2007 :  10:32:33 AM  Show Profile Send jeanhal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was talking to my 91 yo mother about knitting argyle socks - she knit them during WWII - in the movies, no less - and says she knit them in the round. The patterns I am seeing knit the intarsia back & forth and join into round for the foot (for the most part). So, is she fibbing, forgetting, or is there a way to knit argyles in the round?

Thanks

spielerd
Gabber Extraordinaire

417 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2007 :  1:31:20 PM  Show Profile Send spielerd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That would be great. I haven't found one. I have a pattern in a repro early 1900's book, an actual kit from 1948 still with the yarn, and a pattern from the 1950's. All of them show back and forth. I'll have to ask my mother and my aunt, both of whom knit argyles during WWII also.
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GaiaDea
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
516 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2007 :  1:36:40 PM  Show Profile Send GaiaDea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
She's not fibbing.I saw such a pattern about a week ago somewhere online, but I don't remember where. If my brain has dredged up the right image, I believe it is done stranded like fair isle, with the floats in the back of, and the contrast strand in the front of, the main color. Or maybe it was all floated in the back (inside).

I know that isn't much help, but that's what I remember. It is out there, I just can't remember where.


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daizie_ray
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
395 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2007 :  3:17:48 PM  Show Profile Send daizie_ray a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found a link to a library that has a lot of old patterns in it. They are all pdf from so it may take a little time to go through but you mgiht have luck in it. I hope you find what you are looking for. I thought that the library was fun just to look through because of all the wonder things that link us to history.
http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/completelist.htm
Jenn in IL
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GFTC
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USA
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Posted - 12/20/2007 :  4:54:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a pattern for knitting argyle socks in the round. It's Cabin Fever #162. I bought it last year and I've seen it lately at LYS so I'm sure it's still in print.

GFTC of NYC

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Mickey
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USA
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Posted - 12/20/2007 :  9:22:16 PM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just glanced over these instructions, but they seem to be knit in the round
http://www.thedietdiary.com/cgi-bin/Argyle.pl
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/socks/5710-socks-pattern.html
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/socks/5709b-socks-pattern.html
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sarakate
Seriously Hooked

USA
818 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2007 :  12:47:41 PM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mickey

I just glanced over these instructions, but they seem to be knit in the round
http://www.thedietdiary.com/cgi-bin/Argyle.pl
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/socks/5710-socks-pattern.html
http://www.freevintageknitting.com/socks/5709b-socks-pattern.html



None of these are worked truly in the round. Lucia's is worked with short rows, completing one diamond at a time and then joining the next diamond as it's knit; they're seamless, but you're working back and forth most of the time. The other two are simply knit flat and seamed (see the very end of the pattern, where it says "sew back and sole seams") for the entire length -- not even the foot is worked in the round.

Jeanhal, if your mother's memory is accurate, then it's most likely that her pattern used a smaller argyle-like diamond pattern that was more suitable for stranded knitting, something like Eunny Jang's Deep-V Argyle Vest, or the Cabin Fever pattern already mentioned; larger diamonds pretty much would require either flat knitting or one of the faux-round methods for knitting intarsia, which aren't especially conducive to movie knitting. Even stranded knitting in the movies is pretty impressive!
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YarnGoddess
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USA
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Posted - 12/31/2007 :  3:11:56 PM  Show Profile Send YarnGoddess a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The YarnHarlot has a post on her blog today about argyles, along with links to more information.

Elizabeth
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elkymama
Seriously Hooked

USA
688 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2008 :  3:37:34 PM  Show Profile Send elkymama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I really enjoyed reading Yarn Harlot's argyle post. I'm wondering how long she worked on those socks.

Argyles ain't for sissies. Knitting argyles is almost as intense as knitting lace. I used a 1950s Grace Ennis pattern to knit a pair last fall. At one point in the pattern, there were 19 color changes across the row. Not my idea of movie knitting.
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vmcphers@rochester.rr.com
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Posted - 03/13/2011 :  08:07:45 AM  Show Profile Send vmcphers@rochester.rr.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Anne Berk has done a DVD with Knitting Daily called Inside Intarsia. Included is Intarsia in the round which she calls ITR. She has a brief pattern to try it out.

Very interesting. Hope this helps. I found it fascinating. Am looking for a fun Argyle sock to tackle ITR on a more complicated piece.



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kkknitter
Seriously Hooked

698 Posts

Posted - 03/13/2011 :  1:53:29 PM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Check "Around the World in knitted Socks" page 81, by Stephanie van der Linden. She has designed a pair of Argyle sock inspired by the Scottish Highlands. They are knit on 5 dpn U.S. size 2.

Kristina
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eldergirl
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USA
1799 Posts

Posted - 03/13/2011 :  7:56:17 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knit argyle socks for my boyfriend during my senior year in HS.

They were hard to knit! But I did it. They were in the round. But he couldn't wear them. The tension was too tight with the floats on the wrong side :(

I just got "Around the world in knitted socks", and the patterns are lovely, and the argyle sock pattern is excellent.

Anna

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