Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Socktoberfest feature: The Latvian Twist Cuff

How to make a Latvian Twist cuff.

I think this is a beautiful detail on socks, and would look equally as lovely on gloves or a hat. For this particular project, I am using 3 colours and a knit 4 twist repeat. You could use whatever colour combination and make your twist longer with more stitches knit inbetween, or shorter with less stitches knit inbetween.

The cuff is worked back and forth on long needles (or circs) then switch to your double pointed needles or magic loop and join in the round.

Cast on with CC1 (contrast colour)
With main colour, knit 2 rows. Using a CC2 knit 2 rows.



Now, using main colour knit 4 stitches (this number can be whatever you want, in this gauge and for this particular pattern, I am using 4 stitches.)



Now rotate your left needle counterclockwise around your work, one full turn...



and end back at your knitting position.



Continue knitting with main colour. Knit 4 stitches and rotate again as above.



Complete the steps across the entire row and voila!



Latvian Twist complete! Now, using your main colour and working magic loop or on double pointed needles, join your work for working in the round and away you go!

44 comments:

May Yan said...

This is really pretty. I'm definitely going to try this on a future sock project! Thanks!

Rachel H said...

Very Cool. Thanks for the pics. I now realize what I'd been doing wrong in a long-abandoned-due-to-frustration project.

Stacey said...

How neat!!! What a great trim on gloves/mittens or even a sweater bottom/cuffs!

Emilee said...

Beautiful! It seems so simple (of course, I could probably never have figured it out), but it looks so lovely and complex.

Bettina said...

My goodness, there is something new all the time. I love that technique! Thanks for sharing it.

grumperina said...

So simple, yet so lovely! Thanks for showing us!

Kat said...

That's amazing! I'm so glad I found your blog.

brenda said...

I love it and can't wait to see the completed sock. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm definitely going to try this.

Danielle said...

The braid looks pretty-- but does it feel at all lumpy when you wear it?

Laura said...

So cool! Thanks for the tutorial! I love that you work it back and forth...the bonus is joining to knit in the round is much easier and less fiddly.

Jofrog said...

Very cool, and oh so simple!

tammy said...

Now that is dead cunning! One question, do you loose much length in your cast on because of the twisting? It really is beautiful.

KarenK said...

Delurking...
I really liked the edge before, but now that I see how easy it is to make, I'll have to add that to the pairs of gloves I'll be making for Christmas. Cool! Thanks. :)K

Stephanie (aka qdgirl) said...

Very neat! I've never seen that before; I can't wait to try it on something.

Kellie said...

What a neat technique! I love doing things that look complicated, but are actually quite easy. (I think making quiche falls into this catagory.) Thank you for sharing this!

Peg said...

Thank you, thank you! I always learn so much from visiting your blog. A great technique so beautifully taught!

emy said...

That's so cool! Now I can go convince my students that the mistakes I've been trying to get them to avoid actually has a *name* to it! :)

Stephanie said...

Wow. That's really cool. I'll have to try that on something. Thanks for the great pictures.

Kate said...

A great graphic illustration of Nancy Bush's instructions from Knitting on the Road. Thanks!

gail said...

You make that look so easy, clearly a photo is worth a thousand words! I plan to take a latvian mitten class in November and this gives me a head start. Thank you!!!!

Chrissy said...

Thanks for the tutorial. That looks like an awesome cuff.

Dorothy said...

Click! My brain just registered what that instruction means! Thank you. Now, I need to go try it out and see how well it clicked.

diana said...

totally frickin' cool

miss ewe said...

That's so clever! Thanks for the demo.

Kirsten said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

Patsy said...

Isn't that pretty! And to think I've done that accidentally and didn't even know it had a name. LOL

Coleen said...

That is so cool! I will definitely try this out sometime. Thanks for the pics1

Anna said...

How neat!! I have to try that! (Thanks for blogging with photos, it makes it so much easier to understand :)

Lolly said...

I sw this yesterday and wow, C, thank you so much for putting it together. It is great for a number of things. I will definitely link to it during the tutorials week of Socktoberfest ;) Amazing!

decorabbit said...

sweet. i live in latvia. it was soooo strange to read in your blog 'latvian twist...' i even read it twice. latvian?! no, really latvian! :D
i am really really proud of a latvian knitting technique being known outside our tiny little country! ahhhh! :)
i will now go to the old ladies who are selling their socks and mittens and see if they know and use that technique. :))
yes, latvians like to knit. they even knitted 4500 pairs of mittens for members of NATO summit that is going to take place in latvia this year: http://www.rigasummit.lv/en/?id=newsin&nid=115

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Coral Rose said...

Thank you. Do you have any tips for connecting it in the round so it is as unnoticeable as possible? This was super helpful.

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