31 July 2007
Must say that knitting in the round when dealing with ribbed patterns is so much easier as the "bumpiness" isn't so obvious as it is with stocking stitch. So yes, there will be several more variants to be knitted up and given away (it's only a few nights of knitting to finish them) and also I'll get to play with other variations of 3x2 rib and lace patterns.
Have also worked out that the next mini-project will be a matching beanie & mittens for the vest (in between piggles) and have thought of a cunning plan to solve the white cotton cardi edge issue... still pondering the next major project. Should reeeeeaaaaally finish one of the long lost projects - but can't bear to knit with black at night, it's just too hard.
28 July 2007
The short row bust shaping worked really well - something I'll certainly use again! Also doing the neck and armhole bands on a pair rather than a set of needles made it much neater and quicker, even if there was just a tidgy bit more sewing up involved.
19 July 2007
r1: k3, p1,*k2, p1 repeat from * to end
r2: p1, k1, *p2, k1 repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p3
r3: same as r1
r4: k all stitches
But I keep forgetting that on row 4 you knit all stitches until I get to the end and have to unpick the row (which is a bit tedious). Also, I'm going to try the short row technique to shape the bust which will also be a first and may require some effort and brain power. Need to knit up to 30cm in pattern first... won't take long on 5.5mm needles. I am using one of the Magnum Classics 12ply patterns as a base, but forgot to allow for the fact I was changing the stocking stitch to a mild rib - we'll see how it goes.
18 July 2007
Lovely when you can find what you are looking for! And it's how mum-in-law explained it - she's so clever.
12 July 2007
09 July 2007
The summer cotton cardi is currently languishing beneath my ability to come up with a pattern for 167 stitches knitted up towards the hem - I'm sure I'll find something suitable when I'm looking for something else. I haven't dared start on the vest - must finish another project before starting on that. But here's a pic of the wool to keep me inspired...
03 July 2007
Then it's on to cunning plans for new projects. Have designed a vest cribbed together out of a 'Classics' pattern book, combined with a texture pattern and short rows to add bust shaping. It's going to be the first experiment with the short rows technique & made out of multicoloured Jet. Hope it works.
I also finally found the Hurry Knits Patons pattern book at the local Spotlight and bought it. Looks like you could substitute almost any 8 ply wool in the patterns. Further experimentation to come. Have also promised a scarf to match the jumper for N... haven't promised a timeframe. Bought another 3 balls of pink in order to match the pink & purple Caressa and will knit on big needles - probably around 7-8mm, so it should knit up quickly.