Perfect Sweater: Edginess
November 3, 2005
Dear Kay, and the Perfect Handknitters,
Quick! I’m drownding! I get out my Official Notebook for Putting Patterns Into and start writing down stuff like:
PERFECT SWEATER: BASIC PATTERN
MATERIALS: CASCADE 220, 1020 yds, 6 hanks
GAUGE: 5 sts = 1″ (2.5 cm) using size 6 (4 mm) needles
This reminds me of every single social studies paper I ever wrote. Throat-clearing in the extreme.
I make the monumental decision that 90 stitches is the right number to cast on. I write: CO 90 sts.
Oh, I’m cooking.
Then I stop.
WHAT KIND OF EDGING SHOULD WE USE? We never discussed this. We never voted. I realize that I cannot move on without a vote from the co-designers. Remember: edging is one of the most flexible elements of a design–you can slap pretty much anything on there. So for all you feather lace/doodah/extra bits fans, don’t worry–you can edge your heart out, down the road. But for this basic pattern, let’s get some consensus on what the bottom edge of the sweater and the cuffs will look like.
A couple of notes on the options:
I-cord makes a tidy round edge on a sweater. Looks like a cord.
Hemmed I’ve never done one, but Ann Budd says you knit, say, six rows using size 5 needles, then purl one row for the edge, then move to size 6/4 mm needles. Knit six rows, then fold that flap you made at first to the backside of your knitting. As you knit the next row, knit into the loop of each stitch at the edge of the flap, and voila: you made a hem. The front looks like a straight stretch of stockinette, but it doesn’t roll. Hunh. Has anybody done this? Does it look awesome, or unawesome?
Rolled. 5 rows reverse stockinette which make a cute little rolled edge.
Ribbed could be 1×1, 2×2, 3×3. If you have a strong feeling, please leave a Comment on your preference.
Garter stitch is all knit rows for six rows or so.
Seed stitch (aka moss stitch) is k1, p1, alternating to p1, k1 on the following row.
Please vote early, vote often–by the end of Thursday, Nov. 3, 11:59 pm CST (The time changed! I hate that!)
Xoxoxox to everyone, especially Bex aka Rebecca the Bargain Hunter who is beating the bushes for a deal on Cascade for us all. Fingers crossed.