Do You Know About the Miracle of Strick Rausch?

Do You Know About the Miracle of Strick Rausch?

Here is a wonderful example of strick rausch aka swing knitting.

Do You Know About the Miracle of Strick Rausch?

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  1. Lynne Perkins

    Is there a good English explanation of this technique somewhere? My German isn’t up to it.

    • Peggy

      It looks to me like she uses Gemma Short Rows to make this. There are videos on YouTube that show this method. I’m making a hat right now with German Short Rows that has that sort of look.

  2. Vicki

    Or rather, has anyone backsolved? It looks sort of like she just makes an oddly shaped section and then applies more, by knitting, as one would add more by crochet? However, they come out very flat, which is surprising, though I guess that she usually stretches them onto a frame…

  3. Vicki

    Disclaimer: I don’t speak any German. However, what she’s doing is pretty straightforward. She has some weird conventions (one of which involves a stuffed dragon…), but the basic idea is as follows (video numbers in parens):

    Pick a “genetic code” for the project. I have no clue how she did this, but the “Peruvian scarf” videos used (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

    * Cast onto yarn as many stitches as you want your thing to be wide. (182, I think)
    * Knit back a ways (a bunch), and then pick some number of stitches, possibly arbitrarily?, to start with. (13)
    * Knit those (13) stitches. Place a pin to mark.
    * Knit back on those (13) stitches. Then, according to your genetic code, knit (1) more than those (13). Place a marker.
    * Knit back across, (1) fewer than those (13). Place a marker.
    * Knit across (2) more than those stitches. Place a marker.
    * Knit across (2) fewer than those stitches. Place a marker.
    *…continue through “code”. Markers should be migrating in one direction…looking at your piece, the markers should probably look like this (forgive the ascii art!)
    However, each of the overhanging bits is still knit to the stitch below it on the needles, so you get an almond shaped thing.

    * Knit all the way to the end, so that you have at least two stitches on each thing, but many more in a clump in the middle

    Next: Take the second color. Knit it across. End the first color somewhere in there. This makes a stripe of separation. Knit it back.

    Next: Take the first color, and start it up again. End that second color. Lay your knitting in front of you, and take off the first 4 markers on the right side.

    * Knit to the last marker you put in, and turn back the same number of stitches you had before (13).

    This part is a bit tricky, but I suspect that playing around with it will reveal the motivation. Since you shifted a thing to the LEFT last time, now you’re shifting it (in reverse!) to the right. So you should be going 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, I think. You may not…but you’re certainly counting on the pre-existing stitch markers for one half of the boundary. These are already marked for you on one side. So…continue going back and forth as before, shifting a bit each time as per your “genetic code”. But do it in reverse of the first time, so the stitches even out a bit. Also, since you removed some markers, these counts are shifted over by a couple of stitches from the original “flow”.
    (This is the bit that I found hardest to follow, so if anyone actually speaks German, I’d start on Peruvian video 7).

    The basic goal, once you get the first “flow” construction down, is to make it end up a rectangle (or whatever shape you need). So…stagger your “flows” to keep approximately the same number of stitches on each vertical strip by the end. If you need to fudge the numbers to fit, do. However, try to keep equal-ish counts of forward and backwards flows.

    I’m not sure how to end it, though…I’ll watch those videos and figure it out later.

    • knithack

      Vicki, thanks so much for taking the time to do that. Wow – you are generous with your time!

  4. Barbara roth

    Wow! Need to know more about this…

    • knithack

      There is lots of material available, happy discovering!


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