Archive for February, 2010

I’ve been cheating.

February 16, 2010

On my knitting. With a quilt.

More later.

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On humility.

February 11, 2010

Sweater surgery is underway. I attempted to block the sleeves to the proper length. That aggressive blocking changed the fabric. I’m expecting to be able to fix that with another blocking. Notice the ridge where the two new inches join the old.

I just have to keep glancing at the Nagano to remind myself why the irritation is worth it.

This was never meant to be a vest.

To add the length after having done all the finishing, snip a leg of a stitch and work the cut round out of the rounds above and below it, catching all the stitches onto two circular needles. Once they’re free of each other, work the length necessary and then graft them back together.

In other news, here’s a sweater that worked out!

Norah Gaughan’s Kingscot from Twist Collective. Fun.

Width Socks

February 6, 2010

I have very large feet. They’re wide. I don’t do a lot of sock knitting as a result. When I make socks I go toe up with a recipe that I’ve memorized. These are a variable width sock. The motif needs no alteration in order to expand or contract the circumference. There’s no math to work out to fit the width to your foot. I provided the motif in both chart and written form. Enjoy.

New pfd!

Yarn: 100 g Reynolds Soft Sea Wool

Needles: 5 US1 dpn, or size necessary to obtain gauge

Gauge: 8sts/1” unblocked

Toe: Using figure-8 cast on CO 16 sts onto two dpns.

Round 1: Work across first needle, divide evenly between two needles, work across second needle.

Round 2: (K1, yo, k 6, yo, k1) twice

Round 3: K all stitches, working YOs through back loop (TBL) to avoid making a hole.

Round 4 and all even rounds: (k1, yo, work to one st before end, yo, k1)

Work round four until the toe fits over 1/2 of toe area of the foot. Alternate increase rounds with round 3 until the toe fits snugly over 4/5ths of the toe area. It’s best to have a bit of negative ease.

Foot: Work across two smaller needles. Center lace chart on larger needle (instep) by subtracting 16 from the total number of stitches, working half of those, working the first row of the lace chart, and working to the end.

Work until sock measures about 2” less than foot, ending after a row 1 of the lace pattern

Shortrow heel: I work the heel using CosmicPluto’s genius method. I debated writing it out but nothing I could explain could match her clarity.

Leg: Center a lace motif over the heel as previous. Work until leg measures length desired, or until you’re nearly out of yarn. Switch to working all sts in rib. I worked p2, k2tbl rib. Use a very stretchy bind off.

\ 0 | | | | | | | | | | 0 / 12
\ 0 | | | | | | | | 0 / 10
\ 0 | | | | | | 0 / 8
\ | 0 | | | | 0 | / 6
\ | | 0 0 | | / 4
| | | | k/p | | | | 3
\ | | | 0 | | | / 2
| | 1

| knit

– Purl

/ K2tog

\ Ssk

0 Yo

k/p knit and purl into the yarn over

Written lace instructions:

1: k1, p 14, k1

2: k3, k2tog, k3, yo, k3, ssk, 3

3: p3, k4, k1 p1 into yo, k 4, p3

4: p3, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, ssk, p3

Odd rows 5 – 11: k k sts and yo’s, p p sts

6: p3, k2tog, k 1, yo, k4, yo, k1, ssk, p3

8: p3, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, p3

10: p2, k2tog, yo, k8, yo, ssk, p2

12: p1, k2tog, yo, k10, yo, ssk, p1