Froggy Knits

July 20, 2004

Made some progress on Alex. This is my first time using Rowan wool-cotton and it is really nice to knit with. Very soft and bouncy. Completed the back

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and I am up to the neck shaping on the front.

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Remind me not to ever take pictures on a navy ottoman. As you can see, I have started working on one side of the neck. And wanting to incorporate my recent knowledge of shorts rows, I have hit a snag. AT THE SAME TIME But luckily Kerrie has schooled me in a great technique of writing it out with remaining stitches at the end of each row. I just need to execute this. I was too lazy to hunt down pen and paper at the park and for some reason don't think my on the fly, figure it out as you go method worked. I have to start putting a little notebook and pen in my knitting bag. So often when knitting out, I end up knitting over. Sometimes the needles move faster than logic (in my brain anyway). Do you sometimes continue knitting when you know you should stop and assess the situation? As I was knitting (and chatting) I was thinking, boy I should really write this out as Kerrie suggested. So I will just have to rip back and knit it the Kerrie-way.

Also made a little progress on Grace. Here's the bottom front. Mohair does not call me often to knit it, but I would like to get some wear out of this piece. I feels so light, but isn't the easiest to work with.

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I'm hanging in there, though. It will just be a slow finish.

I hadn't planned on revisiting it, but was awed by
Mariko's Grace. It is just fantastic.

I have stalled out on Miss Bea's Ting-A-Ling Cardigan. Gotta look up some instructions on grafting. Determined to knit the sleeves top down, I opted to try my hand at grafting the ruffle to the sleeve or figure out how to reverse the ruffle directions. I would like all of the ruffles to be worked in the same fashion insuring a somewhat similar look and I am not quite sure which increases are the opposite of the ssk and k2tog that I worked according to the pattern. And I know I could and should just swatch it and work it out, but at this point learning to graft sounds a lot more appealing. I would like to use graphing in some other knit scenarios, so I guess now is the time to learn.

I know I have seen some very successful grafting techniques at Becky's. I am really amazed by the process and how it can be worked out without the slightest hint of a difference in the rows grafted together(for those skilled at it). Of course I am not expecting a miracle on my first attempt and have realistic expectations that it won't come out like that, but it’s definitely something to look forward to. I have heard of using it to lengthen and shorten pieces, but I am hoping that I can just use it to learn how to work with two sets of live stitches in my case and to put them together in one way or another. This would be the right technique to use, right?

Posted by froggy at July 20, 2004 02:48 PM

Boy, you have a lot of projects going! They all look great. Good luck on the grafting!

Posted by: Mariko at July 20, 2004 03:56 PM

I love Alex, she is looking beautiful. Wool Cotton is such a gorgeous yarn to work with, so soft and buttery! Its good to know that my technique works for you, sometimes it really helps just to see things written down doesn't it?

Posted by: kerrie at July 20, 2004 04:32 PM

Hey Froggy, grafting only works perfectly if you knit the two pieces in the same direction, so if you knit the sleeve from the top down and then the ruffle from the top down you'll be okay. I think there's a good article in the latest IK on grafting - you might want to check it out. If I get a chance I'll check Ms. June Hiatt's tome "Principles of Knitting" to see if she recommends a pairing of increases with the k2tog and ssk. I'm guessing that the the pair to k2tog would be to knit in the front and back of a single stitch, so maybe knitting in back and then front would go with ssk? Ms. June knows all, however. I defer to her expertise. Can't wait to see the "mommy" knits.

Posted by: julia at July 20, 2004 05:08 PM

I just love the ruffle detail on that Ting-A-Ling Cardigan. Good luck with your grafting.

Posted by: Clara at July 20, 2004 06:15 PM

WOW! Alex is looking GREAT! I really like that pattern, it's so cute ^_^. Gosh, you've got so many great projects going! Here's hoping they finish snag-free :)!!

Posted by: Jen at July 20, 2004 07:11 PM

What a beautiful top that is going to be! I love, love, love wool/cotton blends. Bergereine, Cotton Fleece...I'd be happy swimming in a tub of it all. Fun to knit, beautiful fabric.

How about a M1 increase? Picking up the strand from the back and knitting it might make it slant in the manner of ssk, and picking up the strand from the front and knitting it through the back loop might make it slant in the manner of k2 tog.

P.S. Go for the grafting! :-)

Posted by: Becky at July 22, 2004 03:06 AM

I think the new Knitty also features grafting -- or maybe the prior issue, in the Techniques with Theresa section.

Posted by: maggi at July 22, 2004 09:57 AM

Very nice sweater! I'm longing to try out that wool cotton. I've heard such nice things about it :) Good luck with the grafting!

Posted by: Amy at July 22, 2004 01:09 PM

Good luck! (Grafting scares me.)

Posted by: Sandy J at July 22, 2004 08:58 PM
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