Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Cowl How-to

Hi all,
I thought I would post some pictures about how-to knit the Cowl. I started several times as I thought there was an error in the instructions, but it is correct.
There are 3 YO (yellow arrows), and therefore 3 decreases. The fact that the rows are shifted by 2 stitches make the spiral appear.

Knit until you arrive at the first YO from previous row.

Knit this YO and next stitch

Once arrived at second YO this corresponds to the start of the next round (here is the 2-stitch-shift), now start again with:
1YO,1knit,1YO (see the pink arrows before and after ?)

next stitch is slipped (green) and corresponds to the central stitch (looks like the spinal column -in red- with the ribs/holes at right and left-in orange), next stitch is the 3rd YO from previous round (yellow) and should be knit, then pass over the slipped stitch.(red arrow)

At last, make 2 decreases, by doing k2tog twice (in red). In rounds when increases happen, you just do only once the "k2tog".

My tip: place markers where you increased, or you will get lost;))) Here you can see where the 3rd hole is, bearely visible! this is probably why knitters get confused?!



Thursday, October 18, 2007

Asym Cardi Finished!

After quite a delay where I removed the bottom ribbing and redesigned the collar and wrists with a simple single cable twist, sewed on the "perfect" buttons and managed to win a blue ribbon at our local county fair, this lovely sweater is done and fits just right! The pics are from my new digital camera - hope they look okay!


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Violet droplets

This was an incredibly easy and fast knit and I am very very happy with the result. So happy, in fact, that I cast on for another one in the bus on my way home this afternoon.

I did not find the hat too snug or small as some of you have, quite the contrary. It was made using Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, colorway Wild Violet, with the recommended needle sizes (4 mm and 5 mm). It's intended as a gift for someone who has a bigger head than I have (yay!), but the next one I'm making for myself. To make the hat a bit snugger (now is that a word??) I'm going down .5 mm in needle size. I'm also going to do it in the round and do the conversion on the fly. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Cowl on the go

I started the cowl pullover that has a sleeve looking like a winkle shell. I had to start it something like 6 times, until I decided to smartly use markers. The wool I use is 70% polyamid and 30%mohair from a swiss brand. I will knit the jersey parts with my big-wool knitting machine.

I mostly knitted the interesting sleeve while breastfeeding or in the car (obviously I was not the one driving;)).I am looking forward to sew and cut the sleeve, but anxious it will not unravel.