Day 26


The sweaters new theme song…..

driftwood-colour plan

Sweater colour plan version 1

I have started knitting again for the sweater. I am using it as an opportunity to rework the colour plan because I wasn’t happy with it but I wasn’t so unhappy that I was going to undo I just to fuss with the colours but now I’ve undone it anyway, I’m going to fuss. I’ve also decided to give steeking a try.

driftwood - colour plan v2

Sweater colour plan version 2 (current)

Normally knitting a garment is done in one of two ways – by knitting each piece individually then sewing it all together or by knitting in the round – like with a sweater, you can go round and round in continuous circles until you reach the armpits. At that point the work is separated for the front and back and worked into the described shape, then sewing the upper body and sleeves together. Steeking means you don’t have to do that. Instead you work the shaping as usual but where you will put the sleeve or the collar you continue to knit. These waste sections will be cut when the knitting is finished. Before cutting, one of several techniques will be used to keep the stitches in order when they are cut so the whole garment doesn’t just fall apart.

Taking a pair of scissors to my knitting is a terrifying prospect but working in continuous knit stitch circles is much faster than having to alternate between knit and purl rows, turning the work in between. I like the pattern and love the yarn but I’ve already knit most of this sweater once… So my friend E is going to help me when I’m ready.

Obviously we're not ready yet.

Obviously we’re not ready yet.

Tonight’s blanket piece is another trapezoid but this one is a mirror of the one we’ve made so here’s a new pattern for you.

Trapezoid with the incline side to the right

Pick up 15 stitches for the short side, 1 stitch in the corner, 31stitches for the long side – 47 stitches

Row 1 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k27, (sl2, k1, psso), k14 – 44sts

Row 2 – knit

Row 3 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k25, (sl2, k1, psso), k13 – 41sts

Row 4 – knit

Row 5 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k23, (sl2, k1, psso), k12 – 38sts

Row 6 – knit

Row 7 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k21, (sl2, k1, psso), k11 – 35sts

Row 8 – knit

Row 9 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k19, (sl2, k1, psso), k10 – 32sts

Row 10 – knit

Row 11 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k17, (sl2, k1, psso), k9 – 29sts

Row 12 – knit

Row 13 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k15, (sl2, k1, psso), k8 – 26sts

Row 14 – knit

Row 15- k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k13, (sl2, k1, psso), k7 – 23sts

Row 16 – knit

Row 17 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k11, (sl2, k1, psso), k6 – 20sts

Row 18 – knit

Row 19 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k9, (sl2, k1, psso), k5 – 17sts

Row 20 – knit

Row 21 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k7, (sl2, k1, psso), k4 – 14sts

Row 22 – knit

Row 23 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k5, (sl2, k1, psso), k3 – 11sts

Row 24 – knit

Row 25 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k3, (sl2, k1, psso), k2 – 8sts

Row 26 – knit

Row 27 – k1, (sl1, k1, psso), k2, (sl2, k1, psso), k1 – 6sts

Row 28 – k1, (sl1, k2tog, psso), k1 – 3sts

Row 29 – (sl2, k1, psso) – 1st

day 26

I’m falling asleep here so I won’t say anything else except ‘good night’ 🙂

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