We’re like kids in a candy store, only the candy in our store is yarn. A few weeks ago, I knit through my Breton Cowl kit like it was a bag of Dark Lindor Truffles, leaving a trail of wrappers in my wake.
If I can resist keeping it for myself, this cowl goes on the Christmas gift pile for an Especially Deserving Recipient (Because She Gave Birth To Me). The merino/cashmere of Shibui Drift is perfect for la peau sensible of my Most Moisturized Mom, whose eyes are exactly the same shade as Drift’s Graphite, with speckles of Silk Cloud Ash.
Antonia Shankland’s pattern was a breeze. There is one neat move: the welts of Silk Cloud that are formed by folding over a flap of stockinette and knitting the live stitches together with stitches picked up from the bottom of the flap. Very much like making a folded hem on the bottom of a sweater.
(Please praise me for resisting a “weltanschauung” pun here. Weltanshauung is a word that my International Relations professor liked to say a lot back in 1979. It refers to the world view of a person or group. It has nothing to do with silk/mohair welts/folds/tucks, as much as we would like that to be true.)
Ever the good student, I read the pattern all the way through before starting, but when I got to the folding-over bit, I was on the subway and didn’t have the pattern with me. I couldn’t remember exactly where I was supposed to pick up these stitches for the knitting-together part. I figured, I’m smart! I know stuff! — and soldiered on. Here, on a Knitting Reenactment SwatchTM, is where I picked up those stitches:
I picked them up in the wrong side of the very first row of Silk Cloud, where it was knitted straight onto the Drift. It was so easy to see them there: a little dotted line of Silk Cloud. Stitch for stitch, I picked them up and knit them together with the live stitches on the needle. Everything was hunky-dory.
Then I returned to the Graphite Drift, and knit on my merry way.
It looks just great on the right side.
And on the wrong side. So very tidy.
When I checked the pattern later, I saw that I was supposed to have picked up stitches in the 6th row from the top of the Silk Cloud flap–in other words, right in the Silk Cloud. I tried it on the Knitting Reenactment SwatchTM:
If you fold it like this, it’s easy to see where that 6th row down is; it’s the first row that’s all in Silk Cloud.
It worked fine. But it wasn’t as easy for me to keep track of where I was supposed to pick up, without that handy dotted line. All was Silk Cloud, to the north, south, east and west. I kept doing it my way for the rest of the stripes.
The other minor diversion was when I disregarded the instruction not to cut the Silk Cloud, but to carry it up along the back of the cowl until it was needed again. I didn’t want to drag a line of it up the back, so I cut it. Silk Cloud is so sticky that it is very secure when woven in, and so thin that it mooshes right in. I probably wasted a yard of yarn doing it this way, but there was no harm done; I had enough. What can I say, I’m set in my ways.
MOAR CANDY PLEASE.