Got DAK7 going with old desktop computer; bought new battery and PE1 is working; received new shipment of CT8 – ordered two cones each of ecru, vanilla and pearl – the colour names don’t help but I’m going to make my long lace cardi hoodie in ecru (should be called cream) – looks exactly the same as pearl, so check your dyelots ( and FYI, vanilla should be named tan or putty, IMO anyway!).
you what I was looking for – textured stripes of lace. For the horizontal
stripes I did a couple of variations of eyelets – every other needle on every
third row so the eyelets were transferred in opposite directions; every other
needle on every fourth row (saw a upright diagonal here and possible biasing);
every other needle on every fifth row (meaning sts were transferred in
alternate directions, no bias but the lines were too far apart); and every
third needle on every third row (didn’t give horizontal lines). Settled on the
very first one but it doesn’t hurt to explore all options.
vertical lines, I was going for one of my favourites, that faggotting lace
stitch (KW#45, Mazatlan) but with a few
more plain stitches between the upright stripes – on one, the transfers were
going the wrong way, too close together; 4 plain stitches between correct lace
faggots and then 3 plain stitches – this one works for me.
ribbed bands, I chose 3X1 rib with tuck
every other row on the single stitch on the rib bed for the deep hems and front
bands but I beefed up the cast-on by doubling the yarn for the manual wrap
only, with success – good to go, so I then made an actual swatch for measuring,
cheating a little bit. Instead of making three 60 row swatches, one for each
technique, I just did 30 rows of each stitch and then used the green gauge to
measure each section twice to add up to what the 60 rows would be – hope you
get what I mean. In the end, after washing and drying, the ribbed row gauge is
50 rows to 10 cm; the horizontal eyelet is 45 rows and the vertical line is 40
rows. What I will do is figure out how deep I want each hem/band and multiply
it by the 5 rows to 1 cm. For the body parts, average out the two gauges (45 +
40 = 85 divided by 2 = 42.5 to 10 cm) and use 4.25/cm. Stitch gauge is 2.7
st/cm for all three.
me, making a sleeve…:-)