My current fascination with haps has a lot to do with how the haps are constructed. Houlland is put together by first knitting the bottom border back and forth to make a long skinny rectangle.
Then the shawl is knit upward from stitches picked up along the top of the border.
The triangular shape is formed by decreases on each end of every right-side row. These decreases have the effect of pulling the long bottom border up to form two sides of the triangle.
The 2 x 2 tubular cast-on gives a very firm but stretchy edge to your knitting. It is meant for an edging that is knit 2, purl 2 ribbing.
Left: 2 x 2 ribbing with tubular cast-on, Right: 2 x 2 ribbing with long tail cast-on
Drum carders are built for blending together different fibers. This batt is a blend of undyed Corriedale, silk, and alpaca.
The nice thing about socializing with other fiber folk (besides the fact that they get your obsession with wool) is that you learn new things.
Case in point: Most of the fiber I spin is either mostly unprocessed or undyed roving. But once in a while, a hand-dyed braid speaks to me.
In the last post, I mentioned that Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden is my guide to my latest sweater knitting adventure.
I calculated all the bind-off and decreases for the armholes, neck, and shoulder. At the beginning of the neck shaping, the usual instruction would be:
With RS facing, work 34 stitches in pattern, BO 24 stitches, work remaining 34 stitches in pattern. 68 stitches remain.
Sweater Front Schematic
Basic cables are straightforward—they are simply a reordering of the stitches.
Start of a New Project!
I recently made a pair of re-soleable socks and that got me thinking about different sock constructions and pattern reading. Do you read through unfamiliar patterns before starting them, or do you dive right in? Much like driving to a new destination, I look at a map to see where I’m going before I get in the car. However, if the pattern is complicated or has a lot of new techniques one can get lost in the details and not see the big picture.
Dyeing with fresh Japanese Indigo leaves requires a wee bit of patience, but is completely worth it. Once your plants are mature, you can harvest the leaves several times during the season. If you want to harvest more than once, don’t remove more than one third of the leaves so that the plant can recover.
(from Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the Top)
I’m currently knitting a simple raglan pullover from the top down using the recipe in Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the Top. The yarn for the sweater is a blend of merino, silk, and
angora…lightweight with a soft halo. Instead of knitting in stockinette, I decided to use a simple stitch pattern to give the pullover a bit of texture.
(unblocked photo of stitch pattern – you can tell it’s been sitting in my knitting bag!)