Why the heck not? Why not work obsessively on two top-down sweaters at the same time?
I didn’t mean to do this, but here I am.
The First Sweater
I mean: I hit the ground at 80 miles an hour on this thing, after deciding on how I was going to attack the colorwork flower doodles. (Read about all that here if you’re wanting to see the Birth of an Obsession.)
The plan: duplicate stitch the doodles.
The yarn here is Lana Plantae Rambouillet DK, from the MDK Shop, in Cochineal and Sumac.
To do this, I had to knit the background first in order to create the fabric onto which I would stitch my doodles.
Pro Tips on Doodly Duplicate Stitch
- Baste the edges of the chart on your yoke. You need landmarks on the yoke as you aim for the proper placement of the doodles. Fifty stitches tall, 90 stitches wide. Four times.
- Cross off the flowers as you go. The complete randomness means you’re watching the chart often. You need to see what you’ve done and what remains, so draw through the flowers as you go.
- Make four copies of the chart. You’re repeating this 90- by 50-stitch chart four times around the yoke. Why not preserve your sanity and use a clean copy for each repeat? Shoot the moon! Wow!
- Do not attempt to watch TV while doing this. An audiobook might even be too much. I’d go with music—no lyrics, honestly. (Book 7 of the Patrick O’Brian nautical series is a little challenging, but at least they’re stuck in the Toulon blockade of 1813 which means a lot of dreary ship life.)
- Related: the earlier in the day you do this, the better.
- Also related: have another project nearby that is actual knitting. Why? Because [whispering] duplicate stitch is not at all like knitting. Nothing makes a knitter crave knitting more than being near knitting yet not actually getting to knit.
- Which brings me to . . .
The Second Sweater
I started Isabell Kraemer’s Bottom Line Pullover as my official Great Isabell Knitalong project.
It’s Spinach, Mohonk Light. Fingering weight wool, on a size 3.
Green is my favorite color, so this thing is bringing me greenjoy on a regular basis.
I did a modification, and I don’t know what happened, but my decision to do the little lace bit twice has left me with a weird effect.
I’m not about to go back and undo it, but if anybody can figure out why my yarnovers are so tiny on the top part of the lace work (where I turned the chart upside down), then normal sized on the second part (where I followed the chart as written), I’d love to know.
One kind person said it looks like acanthus leaves. Well, it doesn’t look like Kelley Dew’s, I’ll just say that. Semi bitterly.
Also: these pictures do not capture the deep, rich glory of this Spinach. It is incredible.
Does this sound like I’m not enjoying my Papa doodle stitching? That my weird lace on my Bottom Line is bothering me? NOT TRUE! I am loving every minute of this double feature. But it’s a question of dosage. That’s why I’m glad to have a fingering-weight stockinette sweater to divert to when the doodles have worn me out. It feels like I’m flying.
And it means I can watch another episode of Scandal without missing a single glare from Olivia Pope.