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The Big Weekend, Part 3 of 3: Knitting

Don’t you love how I have squeezed an entire week’s worth of posts out of one weekend’s worth of fiber fun? Years of experience blogging at work, that’s what that is. Years.

Anyway, yes! Last but not least, I knitted. First I finished the last (for now) pair of Perfect Mitts, in a lime green Cascade 220.

perfect mitts

And finally, I started a Honey Cowl with some yarn I uncovered in the stash.

perfect mitts

The Honey Cowl is great for single skeins of multi-colored yarn. This is a skein of Classic Shades by Universal Yarn. It’s a machine-washable acrylic/wool blend that has a surprisingly silky feel. So far as I know, it’s the only acrylic yarn that’s made as a loosely-spun single, similar to Malabrigo or some kinds of Noro yarn.

Honey Cowl is also a good, mindless pattern, if you can manage to keep your stitches straight. It’s garter stitch in the round, so you alternate one round knit with one round purl+slipped stitches. The key to making the fabric waffle just so is that the purl+slips are staggered, alternating rows off by one stitch.

Obviously this has a lot of potential for skipping a stitch, or accidentally working the same pattern row twice. Not that a non-knitter would notice, but it would be pretty obvious to another knitter.

I made this mistake several times in the beginning, at the bottom of the cowl. I finally enacted a rule that I would always stop on a slip. Although after you work a few rounds, it becomes easier to see what you did in the purl round before.

3 comments to The Big Weekend, Part 3 of 3: Knitting

  • They both look lovely and warm.

    Don’t you love the weird arbitrary rules we enforce? I’ve finally enacted a rule that anything more than a four stitch repeat and five rows requires me to use a chart and line out the chart in alternating colored highlighters. We’re all much safer that way.

  • Pretty!
    I seem to recall casting on a Honey Cowl and knitting a few rows. I wonder what I did with it?

  • At first glance those lime green fingerless gloves resemble the Pushmepullya (sp?) from the Dr. Doolittle books.

    I have a rule about stitch markers: use them ALWAYS, especially in anything with a pattern stitch repeat longer than 4 st.