Tuesday, April 25, 2006

My Kitchener Stitch Stinks.

So, I finished one of the Mountain Colors socks Saturday night. I decided to stay in since the Thuderstorms were pretty bad. We had some minor flooding and I didn't think my Civic Hybrid would fair well in the weather. So, I used it was an excuse to sit inside, curl up on my couch and get some knitting done. I have never been so excited about a pair of knitted socks before (probably because I've always used crappy yarn), and I wanted them to be perfect. I got to the toe, and remembered that my Kitchener stitch is really bad. It's so awkward for me. So, I am not happy with the toe too much, but otherwise, I love the way they are turning out.

I also have been knitting Rambling Rose from the new Rowan 39. I substituted the 4-ply cotton with Baby Cashmerino since I pretty much loathe knitting in cotton. It's quite sad considering that I love cotton sweaters, but I just can't deal with knitting with it. It drives me insane. It doesn't stretch, it's cold and dense, not to mention it doesn't keep its shape too well. Here is the back so far:So, I opted to go with a yarn that I have knitted with many times before, and knew. I like the way the 4-ply cotton gives the sweater an organic, handmade feel - something that the smooth Cashmerino wouldn't do. So, after many different swatches, I decided to twist my purl stitches.

That's the clearest detail shot I could get out of my camera, but I think it gets the idea across. I am happy with it so far, but I have found some mistakes already in the pattern. For the life of me, I cannot find anyone with the same problem (or that is knitting the same pattern) online. I know that it is a misprint, and not just me. The increases in the back piece are way off.


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