I have been busily knitting away on my Silky Wool. What a great yarn! I have neglected to keep you apprised. Well, that is going to change. But, first, the back story.
The Swatch: (click to open a larger version in a pop-up window)
A: I cast on with a size 7 needle. It was too loose so at B I move to a size 6 (Addi Turbo lace! LOVE them!!!). I swatched this at Muse and was reminded of how much I appreciate a yarn store that will let you swatch so you go home with the right needle.
B: I threw in a 6 stitch cable just to see how it would look.
C: Three cables side by side; the middle one is staggered to cross mid way between the side cable crossings.
D: To give more definition to the cables, I add a single purl stitch between the cables. It disappears, yet still makes each cable more distinct.
E: I cast-on and worked a moss stitch edge perpendicular to the cables, incorporating the cable stitches. As you can see I got the ratio completely wrong. A momentary brain lapse. That is what swatches are for though, so I soldier on rather than reknit.
F: When I get the moss stitch flush with the cables, I picked up stitches along the cable edge.
G: The cable separates a moss stitch section and a stockinette stitch section.
H: I add a purl stitch on both sides of the cable. Again it disappears, but gives better definition to the cable. I am also shifting the cable to the left by decreasing in the stockinette area and increasing in the moss area on the same row.
Before I move on, I want to share a few thoughts on using cables as edging. The edge that will be a true edge has a one stitch garter selvedge. It will curl under and not be visible on the finished garment. If a selvedge isn't used, the cable crossings make it wonky along the free side. A single knit stitch (as in stockinette) won't curl under and disappear quite as well. However, the side that will have stitches picked up should be stockinette. My ratio for picking up was 3 out of every 4 stitches. If I had a garter ridge there it would have been much harder to see which stitch to pick up.
So what is this leading too?
A sweater of course. The double curving lines represent the cable and the hatched section represents the moss stitch area. The bottom band will be the three cable edge seen in the swatch. A single cable will be used at the neckline instead of ribbing. Shaping occurs from the hips to the waist and then again at the bust. There will be long sleeves; they are chopped off here because I haven't designed them yet.
I am not forgetting my Maisle sweater (still in swatch limbo). I just decided to take some sage advice and start a simple sweater. Okay, this is not the simplest sweater out there, but I have a vision. A vision inspired by the shaping, both in the number of stitches and the visual movement, of Janine's Sashiko sweater. It is an amazing piece. If you aren't familiar with Janine, do yourself a favor and pop into her blog.
The sweater is constructed with as little piecing as I can get away with. The sides and back will be worked together until the underarm. Everything is knit on the same needle so an integral button band is possible. The only seams will be to sew in the sleeves. I think. I have no idea how I will do the sleeves yet. There is time to sort it out.
Speaking of sorting things out, I need a name for this sweater. A lovely, graceful name. A name that doesn't refer to the color or the fiber. I hesitate to call this a contest. Let's just say that there will be presents for any help that leads to
an arrest a name.
I am immensely grateful the my back has allowed me to knit. I would be insane by now if I couldn't knit. If you have emailed me or commented (and thank you for that), I am trying to get caught up. It is a slow process. I don't even look at my Bloglines any more. I'm sure there are a million fascinating things happening and I am missing them all. Nope, it is not the pity parade. I am happy with my Silky Wool and old movies. For now. Today I rest, tomorrow I conquer.