Trinity stitch: I’ve always fought shy of that particular option as I’d heard that it was hell to work.
I presume I’ve been misinformed, or are you just a bit of a masochist?
Well . . . all things are relative, ya know?
Trinity stitch is worked thusly, on multiples of 4 stitches:
Row 1(right side): p across
Row 2: [(k1, p1, k1) in 1 stitch, p3 tog] across
Row 3: p across
Row 4: [p3tog, (k1, p1, k1) in 1 stitch] across
So, if you have issues doing a k1, p1, k1 in one stitch, you’ll find Trinity stitch annoying. It’s a tad fiddly, but doesn’t really bother me.
A bit more irksome is purling 3 stitches together. That can be a bit tough on the hands, particularly using aran weight wool that’s not extremely soft . . . like the Rown Scottish Tweed Aran, for example.
I finished the back of the cardi yesterday after a fair amount of non-stop knitting, and I did have a couple of red spots on my left hand from the wool rubbing the skin in spots. However, this morning I had no residual soreness.
I’m currently working on the left side front of the cardi.
Arans in the Round?
Last week someone left a question in the comments asking if one could knit an aran in the round.
Well, yeah, you could . . . but why would you? There are several compelling reasons why I prefer to knit an aran in pieces.
1. Knitting a pullover in aran weight wool in the round would make for a very heavy piece of work to haul around.
2. What do you do about armholes? Steeking aran weight wool would result in a very bulky sleeve seam.
3. Many arans have patterning on the right side only. Knitting back and forth makes it extremely easy to keep track of your patterning.
4. Seams. They are a good thing for a heavier sweater, adding structure and stability.