Just to save me having to think and think :-) Does anyone have a pattern on hand that will allow me to knit a scarf say in stockinette (any other stitch but cable would be fine) but will give me diagonal 'concave' lines or troughs through that? There may be some stitches through that but I'd like the majority of the diagonal line to be like a trough.
No. Is my description too vague? I sat fiddling one night in front of the TV and began the basic idea. Perhaps I need to achieve the 'look' I want and then graph it or come back and explain the sort of knit style and see if someone may have a pattern that way. But I certainly want the troughs to be 'lower' if possible that the rest of the knitting. Perhaps I need to garter stitch and then have the diagonals as 'knit' sections. I think that would achieve the basic 'look' but I'm just not mad keen on garter necessarily. Depends on the yarn. I doubt a change in needle size alone would achieve it.
A few years ago I knitted a scarf using stockinette and reverse stockinette and it had an undulated effect. Mine was just knitted straight across, not diagonal. I think for a diagonal, I would alternate the stockinette and reverse stockinette within the row and move the pattern over by one stitch in each row, eg., k5, p5. k5, p5 on the first row. The second row, p1, k5, p5, k5, p4, etc. I don't know how experienced you are, but if you are fairly new to knitting, I think this would be easier than increasing and deceasing at the ends and keeping in pattern.
Hi ladies. Thanks for the tips. You know the 'fur on the bias' is the closest one to what I have in my head.
Hummingbird, that's a pretty pattern and I'd actually welcome it but in this case I want what cmk is calling the undulating effect. I'm working to finish an item now and then will try that patterning cmk on a couple of different yarn types and see if I can achieve the effect.