March 12, 2009
At this point, this Rowan Pearl sweater has turned into something akin to backyard wrestling. I’m totally punch drunk, just adding flaps of stuff wherever the pattern tells me to, whacking the thing with a folding chair. I’m in the twelfth round with this sweater. At any moment, I’m getting out the staple gun and the barbed wire.
For those keeping track, the collar took a whole ball of Rowan Wool Cotton, once I started cranking the reverse stockinette lining on size 2s. There’s, like, a sock’s worth of stitches in there. It’s knitting that only I will ever know is there. Once it’s folded down inside and stitched into place, it’ll just be some extra secret bonus knitting that gives maximum Elvis verticality to the collar. And I am not persuaded at this point that this collar is going to be my kind of thing. But now that it’s integrally built into this sweater, I will have a nice long time to get used to it.
I did a knitter’s veto on the button bands. Kim Hargreaves suggested that I work two 7-stitch-wide button bands, to be stitched into place slightly stretched, which is a direction that you and I have discussed so often it’s right up there with the sound-of-one-hand-clapping philosophical debate. Never having figured out how much stretching is the right amount, I diverted to the method that has been working for me recently: picking up stitches along the edge and knitting the band out from the edge. This works so well that I want to write Kim Hargreaves and plead with her to cease and desist from this slight-stretching school of button bands. Whipstitching a seven-stitch wide band into place, slightly stretched, is no picnic.
This all means that I have officially finished the knitting portion of Pearl. Seaming, sleeve setting, and buttons are all that remain.
I have an ooky feeling about how all those ribs are going to align or not when I stitch this thing up.