Sunday, November 14, 2010

Paused the Goal

For the last several years one of my goals has been to work a new swatch every day and add its picture to the KnittingFool web site. There have been times when I fell off the goal, like last year when my Dad died. And this week when my daughter asked me to make a sweater for her; a particular sweater she saw at Knitter's Midwest last August. She remembered that it was announced during the runway fashion show that the pattern would be in the Knitter's 100th issue. So when that issue came recently she found the pattern for the Celebrate Tunic and wanted me to make it.

I ordered the yarn, Cascade 220 Superwash, from YarnCountry.com on Saturday 11/13/2010. They had almost all of the 11 rainbow colors; we found close substitutes for a couple colors. The yarn arrived the following Monday. I wasn't expecting it that fast. I worked my guage swatch Monday evening and started the front of the sweater that evening. It is now the following Sunday and I just finished the second sleeve -- all the knitting is done. I'm going to take a break for a couple days before I block and finish the sweater.

My daughter should have made the sweater because the pattern is so simple -- all garter stitch and simple shaping. But the yarn was a bit more expensive than what she is accustomed to working with, and she does not have a good completion record, so she was intimidated by it.

I understand how that is. I made my first sweater at about her age. I made it out of Red Heart wool in a varigated shade of olive greens. I had to use the varigated yarn because my Mom would not front the money to buy all the yarn at one time -- varigated yarn reduced the risk of having a mixed dye lot. My weekly allowance was enough to buy two skeins. It took about six weeks to get all the yarn, two skeins at a time. It was a great sweater, a pattern from a woman's magazine (McCall's or Good Housekeeping), long cardigan, simple 7 stitch cables all over (with the purl stitch down the middle) and set in pockets. Fairly challenging for a first time sweater but I was so determined to show my Mom that I was not a bad bet. She was a little easier about financing my early projects after that.

So for a week I have not added any swatch pictures to KnittingFool. I will try to catch it up a bit over the Thanksgiving weekend. Hope you understand.

7 comments:

  1. This isn't actually related to the blog post, but I couldn't find another way to contact you. I'm looking at the Garter Stitch Lace pattern (Stitch ID 1350) and there is an error in the third row of the written pattern. I'm no pro knitter or anything, I just tried it and it didn't look right, which made me figure out that Row 3 has a stitch missing. My guess is it is a "k1" after the SSK, to mirror Row 9.

    And just because I'm curious, is Row 7 supposed to have those three purl stitches in it, but not the corresponding row, Row 1? Just curious.

    Peace--and THANK YOU, I had a really hard time finding garter stitch lace patterns. I'm looking forward to this project, now that I've got this. :-)

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  2. Like LeAnna, I couldn't find a way to contact you either.
    I was looking on your pattern site, & found that one pattern I was interested in did not have the instructions for it. It is the one called "Nupp Lace 1" . I'd like to get that pattern if possible.
    Thanks
    Dawn

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  3. I added a text version of the Nupp Lace 1 pattern to augment the charted version.

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  4. your site is the best, I love it and I thank you.

    Really having a tough time trying to figure out the knit the knit, purl the purl in this pattern.

    Please take a row and "spell" it out for me.
    Much deep thanks.




    This picture of Pavilion provided by Elaine Joann Lyons

    Multiple of 18 stitches

    Row Number Begin Row Repeat End Row
    Row: 1 -
    (Right side) * k2, p1, k5, p7, k3 repeat from *
    Row: 2 - * knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 3 - * (k1, p1) twice, k5, p5, k4 repeat from *
    Row: 4 - * knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 5 - * p1, k3, p1, k5, p3, k5 repeat from *
    Row: 6 - * knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 7 - * k5, p1, k5, p7 repeat from *
    Row: 8 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 9 - * (p1, k5) twice, p5, k1 repeat from *
    Row: 10 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 11 - * k1, (p1, k5) twice, p3, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 12 - * knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 13 - k2 * p1, k5 repeat from * ending k3
    Row: 14 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 15 - * k3, p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 16 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 17 - * k4, p1, k5, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1 repeat from *
    Row: 18 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 19 - * k5, p7, k5, p1 repeat from *
    Row: 20 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 21 - * p1, k5, p5, k5, p1, k1 repeat from *
    Row: 22 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 23 - * k1, p1, k5, p3, k5, p1, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 24 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 25 - * k2, p7, k5, p1, k3 repeat from *
    Row: 26 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 27 - * k1, p1, k1, p5, k5, p1, k4 repeat from *
    Row: 28 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 29 - * p1, k3, p3, k5, p1, k5 repeat from *
    Row: 30 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 31 - * k5, p1 repeat from *
    Row: 32 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 33 - * k4, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, k1 repeat from *
    Row: 34 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *
    Row: 35 - * (k3, p1) twice, k1, p1, k5, p1, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 36 - * Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches repeat from *

    Repeat Rows 1 - 36

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  5. "Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches" means that you work the stitch as it presents itself on the reverse side of the work. Or in other words, when you work a wrong side of this pattern, if you see a purl stitch, you purl it; if you see a knit stitch you knit it.

    In the Pavillion pattern you presented, I was able to fill in the even number rows by reading the preceding row from right to left and changing the k's to p's and the p's to k's.

    Pavillion
    Row: 1 -
    (Right side) * k2, p1, k5, p7, k3; repeat from *
    Row: 2 - * p3, k7, p5, k1, p2; repeat from *
    Row: 3 - * (k1, p1) twice, k5, p5, k4; repeat from *
    Row: 4 - * p4, k5, p5, (k1, p1) twice; repeat from *
    Row: 5 - * p1, k3, p1, k5, p3, k5; repeat from *
    Row: 6 - * p5, k3, p5, k1, p3, k1; repeat from *
    Row: 7 - * k5, p1, k5, p7; repeat from *
    Row: 8 - * k7, p5, k1, p5; repeat from *
    Row: 9 - * (p1, k5) twice, p5, k1; repeat from *
    Row: 10 - * p1, k5, (p5, k1) twice; repeat from *
    Row: 11 - * k1, (p1, k5) twice, p3, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 12 - * p2, k3, (p5, k1) twice, p1; repeat from *
    Row: 13 - k2 * p1, k5 repeat from * ending k3
    Row: 14 - * p3 * p5, k1 * p2; repeat from *
    Row: 15 - * k3, p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 16 - * p2, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p5, k1, p3; repeat from *
    Row: 17 - * k4, p1, k5, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1 repeat from *
    Row: 18 - * p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p5, k1, p4; repeat from *
    Row: 19 - * k5, p7, k5, p1 repeat from *
    Row: 20 - * k1, p5, k7, p5; repeat from *
    Row: 21 - * p1, k5, p5, k5, p1, k1 repeat from *
    Row: 22 - * p1, k1, p5, k5, p5, k1; repeat from *
    Row: 23 - * k1, p1, k5, p3, k5, p1, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 24 - * p2, k1, p5, k3, p5, k1, p1; repeat from *
    Row: 25 - * k2, p7, k5, p1, k3 repeat from *
    Row: 26 - * p3, k1, p5, k7, p2; repeat from *
    Row: 27 - * k1, p1, k1, p5, k5, p1, k4 repeat from *
    Row: 28 - * p4, k1, p5, k5, p1, k1, p1; repeat from *
    Row: 29 - * p1, k3, p3, k5, p1, k5 repeat from *
    Row: 30 - * p5, k1, p5, k3, p3, k1; repeat from *
    Row: 31 - * k5, p1 repeat from *
    Row: 32 - * k1, p5; repeat from *
    Row: 33 - * k4, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, k1 repeat from *
    Row: 34 - * p1, k1, p5, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p4; repeat from *
    Row: 35 - * (k3, p1) twice, k1, p1, k5, p1, k2 repeat from *
    Row: 36 - * p2, k1, p5, k1, p1, (k1, p3) twice; repeat from *

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  6. ok,I had just posted a correction to Dewdrops 3. I still had not finished the pattern once and now I find a mistake in Line 7 too.
    Correct Row 7 should be
    * p1, p3-tog, p2, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, p1 repeat from *
    it would've been very helpful if each pattern had a comment below it for such corrections just like any recipe website.
    But this is still good and I am not complaining.
    Thanks
    A

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  7. The corrections have been entered in the database. Thank you. If you can't see them immediately, you may need to refresh the screen.

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