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Archive for February 24th, 2015

I am quietly knitting on the new baby sweater pattern that I never planned to make because I had an altogether different baby sweater pattern set to go but the yarn for it never arrived. Quiet knitting for me includes working and ripping and reworking the same 5 inches (13) cm over and over and over. While that may sound frustrating it is not. All kinds of decisions were achieved. The action is like doodling, only in yarn.

I found a stitch pattern that works perfectly with the Bluefaced Leicester yarn. It shows the beauty of this yarn perfectly. The sweater style I want to make has, at its core, the classic silhouette in a center close cardigan. Usually before I take up yarn and needles I make a detailed schematic along with a detailed sketch. While I made the schematic, I didn’t do the sketch. Today, I will back track somewhat and draw the detailed sketch. I am very sure of how I want this to look and the sketch and schematic will help me make the right decisions as I create the garment.

My first big decision was whether to knit the cardigan in one piece up to the armholes and then divide it, or construct it conventionally in pieces. Because of the slipped stitch lace pattern, I opted for conventional construction. I need the structure that seaming the piece will provide both for the lace and the look. I also needed to compensate for the ways the slipped stitch lace pattern pulled the fabric. So I doodled until I found a stitch pattern that visually complimented the lace and counteracted the pulling. At the moment everything is behaving nicely, though I know how things can change when creating.

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