You Want Lightning? I’ll Show you Lightning!
January 15, 2013
Having just posted 20 minutes ago, I am refreshed and energized and ready to post again! BLOGGING MAKE HULK STRONG! HULK HAVE OPINIONS! HULK SMASH HONEY COWL HERESIES!
Really, it’s just that somebody just asked a question in our comments on the previous post, about the Honey Cowl. If you think I am opinionated about Lance Armstrong, it’s nothing compared to my opinionatedness on the Honey Cowl. Here is the question:
“Oh Kay, guru of all that is the honey cowl, I seek your advice. After seeing your beautiful speciments. I want (need) to make one of my own, but I’ve read on Rav that some people are troubled by a faux-seam that is created by the pattern. I come to you for wise words on how to prevent a honey-cowl tragedy. –mellenknits”
I’ve been asked this question quite a few times, and I think there is some material on the issue on Ravelry, which unfortunately our lightning blog rulebook does not permit me to spend the afternoon finding.
OK, what is mellenknits talking about? What is this GODAWFUL SEAM that is deterring people from knitting the Honey Cowl? (Look away if you’re feeling delicate.)
YES. There is a line. This line is formed thus: the Honey Cowl stitch pattern is a two row pattern. One round is a plain knit round. On the other round, every other stitch is a purl, and between the purls, you slip a stitch purlwise with the yarn in front. At the beginning of each round, you switch between the knit row and the purl row, moving the yarn from back to front and from front to back. A tidy line forms at the precise spot where you do this.
Complaining, worrying, or fussing about this line, IN MY OPINION, is like complaining about the grout between mosaic tiles, the seams on a dress, the stitches in a boot, the nailholes in a piece of fine furniture, the staples in a book binding–AND OTHER NATURALLY OCCURRING MARKS OF HUMAN WORKMANSHIP.
I have seen only one piece of advice on how to eliminate this hideous seam. It involved not slipping the first or last stitch of the purl round. I tried that in my head (hey–I’m busy), and it didn’t seem to me like it would do anything but make the seam look different–it would still be visible. So why bother. Again, MY OPINION. If anyone has a perfectly seamless Honey Cowl to show me, I’d love to see it.
Friends, if you think about it, pretty much all of your clothing has seams in it. This is not a reason to avoid the Honey Cowl. IN MY OPINION.
Thank you, mellenknits for your fun question, which enabled me to indulge in all-capsing, which I quite enjoy. Please, dear readers, send more questions to make me yell.
EDITED TO ADD: OK. Maybe I was hasty. Maybe my 20 Honey Cowls have an unnecessary seam.
Deb says (in comments to the previous post) that I should cast on 1 extra stitch, and the seam melts away.
I’m going to try it. But I’m leaving this post up because (a) I had fun and (b) if it’s chastening I deserve, it’s chastening I’ll get. Speaking of humility and all that.