Hi, all. These took quite a while. The largest is 220 by 136 stitches.( Read more...Collapse )
So, I'm spending some quality time looking for information about knitting *theory.* Most of the commonly available information is instructive, not explanatory: "If you do this in this order, you get Correct Item A." Some of it is minimally corrective: "If you do this backwards, that's wrong." What I'm looking for can probably best be explained by analogy. Imagine that you got a theory-cookbook called "Fixing Cooking Mistakes." You're making cookies and screw up and add twice as much vanilla. You look in the cookbook to see how to fix it and it has the following:"If you add twice as much vanilla, simply double all the other ingredients and make twice as many cookies."Well, this is marginally better than "throw it out and start over" but it's certainly not very informative! What a decent cookbook should cover would be the following:Vanilla is: a flavoring, not a substantive part of the recipe.Vanilla is: liquid, not dry.So, if you have too much flavoring of one sort, you can decrease the other flavorings. If you have too much liquid, you can add more dry. Most things that tell you how to fix your knitting assume you catch the mistake well after you make it, but before finishing the project. Their instructions tell you how to undo the minimal amount of work necessary to fix the mistake and work it back up, so that when you're done following the fix-it instructions, you will have what you should have had if you worked it perfectly to start with.This is a fine goal, but I feel that knowing more knitting theory should exempt one from having to back up to a known area and then resume travel-- if you pick up stitches backwards, why should you have to laboriously replace them on the needle? Just stick your working needle into the loop the correct way, without regard to how it's currently (wrongly) on the holding needle, and knit it! If you know why and HOW you knit a certain way, with regard to the yarn and NOT the needle (because the yarn is right and the needle can be wrong), then you don't have to undo and redo. This sort of undo/redo instruction is also a bit...well, I don't want to say elitist. Prescriptive, maybe? The fix-its assume that you don't know any way to get to your imagined finished product than by slavishly following the pattern you have, and you need to be set safely back on its path. One shouldn't have to swatch every possible combination of stitches to figure out "If I twist my stitches then the columns will lean" in order to use that as a design element. Surely people have done this and written it down before-- haven't they?
using #7 DPNs, cast on 36 stitches of blue peaches and cream (100% cotton worsted yarn) - this fits my hand, yours are smaller. Knit k2p2 ribbing for a while.(after wearing these a while, the ribbing should be smaller for a snug fit)When you shift to regular stockinette, add 1 stitch per needle, knit a round, add 1 stitch per needle.Knit until you reach the bottom of the thumb, then knit flat for a while.When you reach the top of the thumb, resume knitting in the round for 4 rounds, then decrease one stich per needle and knit a row (twice).add a few rows of k2p2 knitting, then bind off.( fingerless gloveCollapse )Yes, I had a lot of time in the hospital, knitting.
( this yarn started as white. 140 teabags later...Collapse )( ETA-- here are the sleeves I startedCollapse )The alternating dark and light yarn that you can see by my index finger is the steek which will be cut and become the sleeve seam.
I keep hearing about this, but I've never seen anything actually done except rag rugs. What else have you done, or even tried? I have enough strips to reach to the moon and now I don't know what to do.
This week's hats:( picCollapse )This one is some yarn called, I think, Olive (the label is part-covered by the price) from Vergnasco, Italy. The line is called Autunno and it's 100% wool, very soft, and variegated from green to red with black/brown all in one ply. I made it without using any DPNs or magic loop or anything. Pattern: Cast on 96 stitches on a circular size 10 needle with a 20" cord. Do NOT join. Purl all 96, placing markers every 16 stitches. Work in stockinette. On every KNIT row, K2tog the first stitch and once after each marker. On every PURL row, P2tog the stitches BEFORE each marker and the last stitch of the row. This will create a diagonal line of decreases at each marker.When you are down to 12 stitches total, pull the markers out as you decrease to 6 stitches total, then cast off, run the yarn through all 6 stitches, and leave a long tail. You'll use this tail to join your work together into a flat hexagon. By the way, this sure would have been easier if you'd used a provisional cast on, so you wouldn't have to pick up stitches.Pick up stitches around the edge of the hexagon, 96 more or less. Begin knitting stockinette until 20 rows, then increase/decrease to some number of stitches divisible by 4 and work K2P2 ribbing until you have THREE AND A HALF yards of yarn left. Then stop and bind off. (You will honestly need all that yarn to bind off. Do not short yourself. I learned this the hard way.)( other hat picCollapse )Hat made from scraps of Knitpicks' Wool of the Andes, various colors.Two-color pattern goes as follows:
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I saved up all the leftover bits of yarn from my red sweater, mostly in 3-4 yard pieces, and made a colorwork hat.( pictures!Collapse )I'm specially proud of the top, since I worked it back and forth on a single circular and seamed it. Colorwork back and forth is a PAIN.
The white spots are actually on the mirror. *sigh* I learned how to steek from Eunny's steeking tutorial using single crochet; you can see the red seamline down the side seam of the sweater if you look closely. (It's the dark red that's consistent all the way down.)I'll be starting the sleeves tonight, I think, and weaving in ends.ETA: Also, I fail at color adjustment (the blanket background on the flat pics is navy blue) but I've added some close-up pics of the steek from the inside and outside.( Red sweater picCollapse )I learned to do this from See Eunny Knit!.
The kid's blue sweater is completed. And I learned an important lesson or two, mostly about gauge and how stretchy acrylic is.( Pic under cut!Collapse )
So I went to the store and got new Craftsman pliers and some beads, and made stitch markers!( see? pretty stitch markersCollapse )