Thursday, October 8, 2009
Stockinette, boring and not-so-boring
Here is a glimpse of my almost-finished baby blanket. I wanted to wait until it is totally done to post it on the blog, but since I saw the recent discussion of stockinette blankets, I wanted to chime in with my solution to stockinette-boredom: This blanket was knitted in the round, which means that although the stitch pattern was indeed a tad boring, it also got done very, very quickly.
I used a size 10 circular needle and combined one strand of mohair and one strand of fingering-weight wool. Every few rows I changed for a different fingering-weight wool as I had several shades of blue and periwinkle in my stash. I started with 2 inches in seed stitch, then went on in stockinette until the blanket was 40" long, and I reverted to a seed stitch border. (I know, that makes it longer than 40", but my blankets always tend to contract a bit once I launder them so I wanted to anticipate any shrinking).
After I bound off, I pulled out my "How to Steek" notes and carefully cut right at the end-of-round marker line. Then, I picked up stitches all along each long side to knit a seed stitch border, then a facing that will eventually cover the cut edges. I'll post detailed photo of this knitting surgery on my blog when I am done so you can all see how easy and fast the process really is. Plus I figure it is good practice for the day when I am finally brave enough to steek an actual cardigan or pullover, instead of a plain rectangle.
For now I am procrastinating on this finishing touch because I suddenly found my inspiration for the Youth drive. My project of choice is a pullover; I gathered a bunch of worsted-weight wools from my stash, mostly reds, purples, some greens and browns too. This is what I have so far:
I am following a chart I found for the Kiki Mariko rug pattern in the second "Mason-Dixon Knitting" book. This is a lot of fun and the color-stranding makes it very warm. I haven't decided what will happen once I get to the armholes however -- probably some solid blocks of color. We shall see...