Grabbed several cones and made a quick swatch!
25-0-25 sts on the main bed. Put #21 needle on each side out of work – this will
mark the centre 40 sts all the way up without having to hang yarn marks. Did a
quick, hung hem. I am using T7, based on my vast (;-)) general knowledge –
I know the gauge will be 29-30 stitches and 39-40 rows to 10 cm - and I want the
narrow stripes to be about one inch, so, picking the colours randomly, knit 10
rows of each. This eliminates the need to make marking rows to keep track of
the 60 rows to measure for the row gauge – just count off 6 stripes. All the yarns are
Forsell Pure New 4 ply Wool, except the tweedy one which is my favourite here –
it is an oldie, NLA of course, called Rutland Tweed (also by Forsell) and it will
knit at the same gauge as the plain wools. I chose it because it has the little
flecks of khaki, grey and black that I think will tie all these colours
vision has khaki for the bottom edges and I see it as a circular hem, meaning that it
looks like plain stockinette but it’s done on the double bed. Much quicker, no
waste yarn, no rehanging stitches, just transfer up to the main bed at the end.
I do have another reason for opting for the double bed technique – the front
bands are going to be the automatic long stitch facings that I love and since you
need the ribber for that, may as well get it going from the beginning.
that knitting up stripes like this gives a better perspective of how the
colours blend and mix together and if there is a colour you don’t like, it’s
easy to fold that stripe out of the swatch and put other colours side by side
without having to reknit it all.
I got so
excited, couldn’t resist jumping right in. You know it, I made the Sleeves while
I mull over what I want on the Back. I looked up an old bell-sleeve pattern
(KW# 35, Made to Fade) that I knew would serve (not too big or exaggerated) and
put that sleeve schematic in my KR11.
The circular hem is beautiful and so
easy! I wanted one stripe of the tweed on the narrowest part of the sleeve and
here’s the thing – I always like the purl side of this tweed better – the little
blobby spots show up more, and I thought, why not? Never one to shy away from
an RTR or two, I took it off, turned it, knit the tweed, turned it back and
finished off with the olive. It's adds another dimension and I like the added detail of the little dotted line from the first RTR. This may come back to bite me as the fronts will have
the long stitch facing but I’ll deal with that tomorrow!