Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Well I was wrong.

I thought I wouldn’t finish the bronze gauntlets till this evening—but the knitting was finished before I was half way home! I didn’t have a tapestry needle or scissors with me—but I don’t think I would have attempted a tubular (grafted/Kitchener) bind off on the train anyway!

So the first thing I did once I got home was bind off the main portion, and work a few rounds for the thumb—and Voila! A finished pair of gauntlets!

Finished length is 12 inches, and they are as warm as all get out!—a little angora goes a long way!

After dinner, I did 2 more repeats of the lace pattern on Peachy—(a total of 10 now) –and came to the end skein 3—you’ll have to take my word on that—I didn’t bother to take a progress photo—it really doesn’t look that much different with 2 more repeats.

Tonight is knit night—and since it involves socializing and eating (as well as knitting) I doubt I’ll get 2 full repeat done. But that’s’ OK—I am really happy with this sweater, and it’s not an effort at all to work on it.

Gayle asked about the lace—(what does it look like blocked?)—I am not going to block it much at all—the prime purpose of the blocking will be to relax and neaten the slightly wonky K2tog and SSK’s rather than to open the lace up more.

She also commented it looked ‘architectural’ –not the word I thought of but one the fits the look of the lace pattern. I wanted a ‘strong vertical’ element—and this lace provided one—its not a very lacy (femine) lace—(is what you meant by an architectural?) but a strong vertical (masculine lace?).

Perhaps that is part of what I like—the contrast between the strong vertical (a masculine element) and the soft peachy color (a feminine element) –I consciously wanted a strong vertical to contrast to the horizontal stripes—but perhaps there is more—the strong pattern in the soft color is another aspect of contrast.

It’s simple enough—and in reality, its just 5 repeats—the (stitch) pattern as written has a 6 row repeat. Every even repeat, I change 1 decrease (from a K2tog-to a SSK). So I really have 5 sets of 12 row pattern (not 10 sets of 6 row pattern) the simple change really changes the character of the lace.

And in reality, there are no SSK’s—all the decreases are K2tog’s.
(What?) As I work the purl rows (the supposed plain purl rows) I make sure to work 2 standard purls at specific points in the pattern, and then on the Knit side, I K2tog (combo stitches) and get a left leaning decrease, and latter, K2tog (conventionally mounted stitches) and get a right leaning decrease.

It makes the purl rows a bit more interesting—and the knit rows fast!

1 comment:

teabird said...

Helen, these came out great! I'd agree with "architectural" because of the strength of the lines - but I don't think "architectural" necessarily is masculine or feminine!