January 3, 2011
I’m a great knitting improviser, but I never write down or otherwise record what I’m doing, so I rarely end up with a useable pattern at the end. So as I embark upon my epic dress knitting, here’s (hopefully) a tutorial of sorts leading to the pattern.
Thing I learned for this pattern: provisional long-tail cast on with waste yarn. Knit & Tonic has a pdf instruction booklet about how to do this. This was such a “duh” moment for me once I’d done it.
The plan for the dress is to knit the skirt first, then pick up to knit a cabled/ribbed midsection (with a much smaller needle, and held with elastic thread), and then some sort of cross over v-neck top. There will be a pair of bloomers, and a leather raygun shoulder holster.
Also: I feel like such a good knitter – I actually made a gauge swatch! I picked up the handiest knitting contraption at a church bazaar, and it’s one of those “how did I work without this before?” items – the Susan Bates Knit Check for gauge and needle size.
So from my swatch, I know that I’m knitting 4sts/inch & 5rows/inch (worsted weight cotton, size 6 needles so that the fabric won’t be so dense and heavy as to be unwearable), so for my 48″ high waist, I (provisionally) cast on 192 stitches and knit 1 inch (5 rows) before increasing every 4th stitch in the fifth row. Now, 240 stitches.
I knit 1 more inch (5 rows), and then increased every 4th stitch again (adding another 56 stitches) for a total of 296 (1.5x the number I started with). Because I don’t want to have successive increase lines showing since the stitches are so big, I started the increasing at the third stitch the first time in this round, and every 4th stitch after that.
I’m presently knitting 2″ (10 rows), and then will increase again. And then figure out what the total length should be and go from there.
January 2, 2011
Yarn: Bernat Mosaic
Needles: 3.25mm dpns (4)
Cast on 24 stitches onto dpns, join marking the “end” of the round
Knit 24 rounds in stockinette
Round25: k1, m1, k22, m1, k1
Round26: k all
Round27: k2, m1, k22, m1, k2
Round28: k all
Continue increasing in this manner through to round 48 (48 stitches in total)
Round48 (left hand): k until last 3 stitches – bind them off. Bind off first 9 stitches in Round49; k all remaining stitches in Round49.
At the end of Round49, join to beginning of Round50 & replace marker, closing off the thumb hole.
K 3 rounds in stockinette.
Round53: k4, ssk, k to end of round.
Round54: k all stitches
Round55: k3, ssk, k to end of round
Round56: k all stitches
Continue decreasing in this manner 5 more times or until desired length is reached. Bind off. Weave in all ends.
Mirror all shaping for right hand wristwarmer.
January 1, 2011
Here’s a picture of my first version of the Easiest Legwarmers.
Doesn’t he look so pleased to be in the photo, does he?