The Fern Goes On. Plus: A Spectacular Screw-Up
June 8, 2005
Who knew there were so many fellow queasy knitters out there? The Pepto-Bismol is working, and so is the commiseration, y’all. Queasiness shared is queasiness halved–and doubled, come to think of it.
Thanks too for all the great suggestions for Fern, my entry in the Tennessee State Fair. I’ve taken them all to heart except for anything having to do with intarsia, intarsia, or intarsia. I’m sorry, but I’m trying to cut down on my intarsia intake these days. It’s not that I’m trying to win a blue ribbon; I just want not to be turned away at the door on August 30, when I drop off my entry. “Hon, why don’tchew felt that thing and bring it back next year?”
Here’s a sketch:
Set-in sleeves, moss stitch at the edges and button bands. The sleeves will have fiddleheads on the cuffs, too. We’ll worry about the collar when we get there. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan hasn’t called yet for this drawing.
The following picture was taken in complete gloom: it’s the closest I’ve come to capturing the colors of this thing. I ended up adding a shade of blue as I got toward the skyline of the forest. The thing seemed to need some sky. What think ye?
The apparently blogless Stephy suggested I try chain stitch for the fiddleheads, and by gum, I think I likes it. (I added the chain stitch sprouts to my earlier, anemic ones. I like the little pattern the chain stitch makes. And chain stitch is something I can actually sort of do. It looks like duplicate stitch on the move. Yay Stephy!) What do you think?
I kept thinking about how to do a yoke on this sweater, and I recalled Kim Hargreaves’s cool trick on that Asta sweater I made. You cast off all stitches right before beginning the yoke, then picki up stitches and start anew. This creates a cute little ridge, so that’s what I did here.
Then I made a 3 x 1 rib for the yoke, and blasted my way to the top.
Did you notice something about the back? Did you notice that the right armhole has ten cast-off stitches, while the left has only six? Can you believe I actually blocked this thing and did not notice this?
The excellent news here is that if any of you has a good alternative to my 3 x 1 ribbing, now would be a good time to suggest it, because I’m going to go rip the yoke out right this minute. Garsh.
Bon voyage! Be sure to write! Take a lot of pitchers!