January 9, 2013
Hey, it’s a busy day. I’m going for a ten-minute lightning round here.
Speaking of lightning, wonderful Wendy has made it rain! She blogged about her Cornerstone Blanket-in-progress, resulting in a renewed ka-ching sound from donations over at Citymeals-on-Wheels. Go look; I’ll even give you the link. Here you go. (And hot off the presses, more pictures here. ) It’s a beautiful blue-based version, in Noro Silk Garden. It tickles me to see a knitter of Wendy’s black-belt status hunkering down with the garter stitch. But for all her mastery, Wendy is a knitter; she puts on her point protectors one needle at a time. Everybody needs a little garter stitch now and then. Personally, I need a lot. Garter stitch smooths out many of the bumps in my road.
The other thing I wanted to do was show a picture of how the neck on my modified Riddari came out, and explain how I did it.
Riddari With The Original Neck:
Riddari With Modified Audrey Hepburn Neck:
(Photo is pre-blocking. Sorry but this is lightning blogging.)
The modification was dead simple and as low-math as I could muster. On the last decrease round of the chart, I made only half of the decreases, skipping every other decrease. The chart helpfully had this last decrease placed so that my modification isn’t noticeable unless you are looking for it.
See? The light grey motifs alternate in width between 2 stitches and 3 stitches, but the shape remains the same.
I eliminated the 2 x 2 ribbing at the cuffs and neck, opting for a plain roll edge.
I also did something very controversial at the underarms–I did a bind off of the live underarm stitches, instead of grafting the stitches together.
This was a flare of my Kitchener Avoidance Syndrome, yes, but I felt it was justified by the additional ventilation. I have a ski jacket that has underarm zip vents, and I always leave them open. This sweater will never be worn next to the skin. (And I could undo it very easily. But I won’t.) I know a lot of people wouldn’t make this choice but I hope not to get yelled at about it. I’m not trying to start a trend or anything.
Imma let me finish, but I have one more thing: the Lopi website has wonderful free patterns, including a family of lopapeysas in honor of the Istex company’s 20th anniversary, and a PENGUIN LOPAPEYSA which is the cutest thing ever. GO LOOK.