I taught myself to knit, purl, ssp, p2tog–all backwards when I was doing entrelac a few years ago and love the acquired skill ever since then. It is very awkward at first but keeps everything neat in my lap and no mess/fuss with the yarn. Terrific for working with heel–the purl row is even–and in small spaces like on an airplane too. Thank goodness that I caught on…’cuz it has become a skill I use often especially on a project of substance.
one skein of Bamboo & Ewe (55/30/15 Wool/Nylon/Rayon) is used up
The flat-knitting piece came to 53″ by 5.5″
Despite having many, many sweater patterns in my queues that I feel very tempted to cast on each one–yet I must resist the temptation–I decided I had to test-knit Star Gazing when offered.
I felt drawn to its simplicity with a touch of lace elegance, eager for some no-stress earthbound knitting. This is a bit ambitious project, with 30% of overlay fabric for the front–most of it is in stockinette stitch. Each row starts out nearly 300 stitches, with a touch of lace knit-on collar/border. I must confess I really love seamless construction.
Personally, I’d have cast on to match the 1×1 rib and stockinette lace stitches
I made some adjustments to keep the lace symmetrical,
smaller needles to get gauge and glittery beads for added interest.
So far so good…no need to employ every mneumonic aid or keeping-track-of-things trick. No separate flash card for each pattern row (with each stitch on its own row and in large print so one may see it from across a table at a glance.) No lace lifelines. No marker. No line-by-line chart to check off rows as I knit. It’s simple yet sophisticated.
Instead of buttons or other fastenings, the cardigan comes with a lace sash. Would be nice to finish this quickly so I may wear it through spring, well into summer! Right!
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!