Knitting surface stitches as you go

Yesterday we looked at a series of knitted stitch patterns which disrupted self-striping yarn by drawing loops of yarn up and over other stitches. In today’s post, I’ll share with you how to make this linked chain ridge across your stitches. It doesn’t disrupt stripes as much as enhances them by creating ridges for the color changes to stand out.

Universal Yarn Colorburst balls

The Linked Chain Ridge stitch creates this high-definition ridges which add depth to the knit fabric.

I really like how the Linked Chain Ridge stitches look from different angles. The way and the speed with which Colorburst changes colors is perfect for many knit projects that use this stitch. It almost looks like I deliberately planned color changes for each ridge to divide one color from another.

Colorburst in the Aurora Borealis colorway: looking at it from the right.

This top-down vantage point is my favorite. With these purples in the mix, waves in the ocean at sunset come to mind…

Top-down view of the Linked Chain Ridge stitch knit with the Aurora Borealis colorway of Colorburst.

To work the Linked Chain Ridge stitch, you need to use a Paired-loop-over. To do this, bring the yarn to the back of the work if it’s not there already, insert the right-hand needle between 2nd and 3rd stitches on the left-hand needle and knit up a stitch, draw the loop across the first 2 stitches on the left-hand needle, bring yarn forward between needle tips, purl each of next 2 stitches; then, with the left-hand, needle pass the 3rd st on the right-hand needle over the first 2, return the yarn to the back of the work if knitting another of these.

I can’t wait to get some of the Aries colorway of Colorburst to remake this shawl. Wouldn’t the ridges look like row upon row of lavender plants in Provence, France?

Lovely shades of purple and lavender blend together to create the Aries colorway of Colorburst Yarn.

Tomorrow, please join me to begin your next ridged asymmetrical shawl pattern called Northern Lights using Universal Yarn Colorburst.

A sneak peek at tomorrow’s post: join us to learn how to knit this asymmetrical triangle in Colorburst Yarn.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Disrupting stripes with textured stitches, knitting with Colorburst yarn

Go to part 5: Colorburst yarn glows in the knitted Northern Lights Shawl

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