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Reversible: Inside out
The distinct rib-look fabric entails alternating knits and purls and moving working yarn from front to back in a sequence of motions and relaxing rhythm exactly as you’d in regular stockinette knitting. It is never tight, stiff, or unyielding. Contrarily, it is supple, drapes well, can be worked loosely or tightly. It‘s a jack-of-all-trades—imagine incorporating the technique into cables, instarsia, knit-purl combinations, mitered squares, beading—to sweaters, shawls, socks, and more as I explore and experiment. I absolutely adore the new and exciting way at ease to bring in colors and vertical stripes quite painlessly and combine weights, fibers, and type of yarn into versatile fabrics.
START: April 17, 2009
FINISH: April 25, 2009 (toggled among 4 lace mystery projects.)
PATTERN: Curves and Columns by Elise Duveko
MATERIAL: 1.5 skeins each of Manos Wool Cameo 52 and Manos Silk Blend Woodland 3109–amazingly soft and luxurious–right amount of silkiness yet still has a slightly rustic feel, one of my favorites!
NEEDLES: US 5 for body and US 7 for i-cord edging
BUTTON: JHB 1839 1 1/8″; made in Italy ($1.99)
SIZE: Adult Small
OTHER TECHNIEQUES USED: Short-row, attaching i-cord and button loop.
Though easy to work with, the project has not been without obstacles. Here are a few reflections for future exercises with huge enthusiasm:
1) Plan ahead and cast on using same yarn used for i-cord edging.
2) Read the schematic correctly–I ended up unravel the almost finished piece to 8″ from cast-on edge. Knit one piece to at least 12″ from cast-on edge before setting up armhole gussets. It’d be way too short for my liking if I follow the pattern schematic.
3) Pick-up every v-stitch from front edges for i-cord edging. First trial ended up tight–thanks to magic of blocking; dilemma solved.
4) Up needle size by two sizes for i-cord (ie cast-on with Size 5 but use Size 7 needles for i-cord work.)
The Knit One Below technique offers endless creative options. The learning and making of this lovely vest has been heavenly fun and rewarding.
Dedicating to the inquiring minds who have been fearful of knitwears…an adaptation of a song from Chorus Line:
This pattern’s nothing
This design is nothing!
If you want something
Go find a better style!
And when you’ve found it,
You’ll have your vest then,
And it really will be wonderfully worthwhile!