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Penny Straker

for Straker Classics   1982

866-P Rocky Road
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Penny Straker: “What a pleasure it was, in the early ‘80s, to discover, research and play with slipstitch patterns! I started with hats, but soon went on to more ambitious designs. Working with colorways and textural patterns with the slipstitch technique was delightful knitting for me! Two rows worked with one color, slipping some of the stitches in one or both; then two rows worked with a second color slipping some of the stitches in one or both. No yarns are cut and few ends to be woven into seams!

“Some slipstitch patterns are designed for three colors, but the majority are for two; however, once familiar with specific slipstitch patterns, it’s easy to insert a third color into your palette.

“These patterns are dramatic in high contrast colorways, subtler in muted and low contrast colorways. All yield some texture, and some articulate a strong three-dimensional quality. The fabric created with these stitches is always denser than that in Stockinette Stitch, as the yarn is carried along behind the slipped stitches. This demands attention to sizing, as dense fabrics require more ease to accommodate a comfortable fit. There’s one important caveat; always use yarns of the exact same weight, preferably of the exact same kind.

“The Dotted Ladder is a bold, vertical and deeply etched stitch - easy to work with its four-row repeat. Rocky Road was designed during a challenging, difficult period in my life - hence the name. The architectural structure, similar to the centuries-old work smocks, is outlined by the main color on shoulders, neck and armholes.

“The Knitted Seam Method joins back and front shoulder straps. The sleeves are picked up along the ribbed armhole edges and knit down. This leaves little and easy assembly of only the side seams to the underarms and the sleeve seams to the cuffs – easy fare!”

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • no schematics
  • sewing required
  • fall/winter
  • straight (flat)
  • 6 sizes, to fit 34" - 44" bust; see data page
  • scanned PDF has 7 pages (letter size)
  • intermediate
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 6.0 mm
    • US 10
    • 20.0 over pattern
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