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Stacked Stitches: Knitting in Wild Color

Ready to tackle a new knitting challenge? Try your hand at stacked stitches with the help of expert Xandy Peters. Master the basics of this visually striking technique as you knit a geometric scarf.
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Overview

Ready to tackle a new knitting challenge? Try your hand at knitting stacked stitches with the help of expert Xandy Peters. You'll master the basics of this visually striking technique as you knit a stacked-stitched scarf from start to finish. Plus, you'll see how Xandy developed her famous Fox Paws pattern!

About

Xandy Peters

INSTITUTION

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Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher, best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for her Fox Paws pattern. Starting out as a footwear and product designer, Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production. She has since made a career out of knitting, publishing new patterns monthly and teaching workshops nationwide.

By This Expert

Intro to Stacked Stitches

01: Intro to Stacked Stitches

Meet Xandy and begin class with a discussion of the basic techniques and concepts of stacked stitch knitting. Then go over the materials you'll need for your project, a stacked stitches scarf.

9 min
The Increase

02: The Increase

Next, see how to make increases as Xandy introduces the Knit, Yarn Over, Knit (KYOK) stitch. Notice the holes that are naturally created through increasing and discover a few ways to rein them in.

20 min
The Decrease

03: The Decrease

Then, learn all about decreases, specifically the Knit 5 Together stitch. Follow along as Xandy demonstrates many of the different ways you can create this complex decrease.

18 min
Combining Increases & Decreases

04: Combining Increases & Decreases

Now, work increases and decreases together to create a puzzle piece swatch. Take a close look at your swatch to see if there's anything that's not quite right, and learn how to make fixes!

33 min
Stacked Scarf Pattern

05: Stacked Scarf Pattern

In this lesson, Xandy introduces the stacked stitch scarf pattern and talks about putting together all the skills you've learned. She also discusses some fun ways to use color in stacked stitches.

36 min
Next Steps

06: Next Steps

Finally, build on what you've learned to construct your own motifs. Xandy shows you how to use stitch stacks to create shaping outside of the stacks. Afterwards, she shares her own design process and some project show-and-tell. Plus, find out how she developed her famous Fox Paws pattern!

21 min