Friday, November 05, 2010
What is this? It's a two yarn cast-on. Something new I learned yesterday. Tie a slip knot, put it on the needle and proceed to make a long tail cast on from two different yarns. Do not count the slip knot as one of your stitches, and after knitting the first row, undo the slip knot and pretend it never happened. Genius! It can also be used as a provisional cast-on, removing (carefully) the bottom loops, in this case the pink yarn, and placing the remaining stitches on a needle as you go. I learned all about this on TechKnitting. Here.
I called my friend Ellen with the wonderful vest (yesterday's blog) and we discussed the pattern for the vest. She explained the stitch pattern, and the approach to the layout of the piece, and the fact that it will be reversible. This is necessary since the lapels are just the flipped outside top of the front. In order to make them identical, the left front needs to be picked up from the cast on edge of the back.
OK that was all I needed to be off and running.
First, choose the yarn, and make a swatch. Totally NECESSARY for gauge, or how will I know how many stitches to cast on?
I am getting 3.25 stitches per inch, but I know that blocking will increase that greatly so I go with 3 stitches per inch. I cast on 25. The fancy stitch pattern uses a row of each yarn, one row across with yarn #1, slide the knitting back and then knit with the second yarn, then turn and begin with one yarn across again. Tricky? Yes. An alternative stitch could be seed or moss, or garter, which all look the same on both sides.
I've been knitting since I was 15 and I'm constantly learning new stuff to try. It's a dazzling craft.
at 8:50 AM