Sunday, December 7, 2008
I'm getting close to being finished on my "Just Jussi" wool soaker. I decided to knit the soaker using my kettle dyed eggplant merino yarn and for the accent color I used Knit Pick's Palette yarn in Fog (light grey). I first started the middle colorwork pattern in a diagonal pattern in the deep eggplant, the grey "Fog", and a light purple "Hyacinth" (another Palette yarn) but it looked too fussy for a diaper cover. So I switched to a houndstooth pattern that is worked on a multiple of 4 stitches. It turned out fabulous! Exactly what I was going for.
The houndstooth pattern I used was worked so the grey color would be on the outside of the 16 stitch panel. I started with the grey color first and over 16 stitches I repeated this 4 row pattern as many times as necessary (G=grey or accent color of choice and P=purple or main color).
This is worked in stockinette stitch with right side knitted and wrong side purled.
1. GGPGGGPGGGPGGGPG (right side)
2. GPPPGPPPGPPPGPPP (wrong side)
3. GPPPGPPPGPPPGPPP (right side)
4. GGPGGGPGGGPGGGPG (wong side)
When I got to the end of the piece and was casting off I found on the blog called Grumperina a stretchy cast-off that she uses on her socks. I was going to use the cast-off but since I had U.S. 5 needles next to me and I used U.S. 2 needles for the 1x1 ribbing, I just used the larger 5 needles for the cast off. It has tons of stretch and it looks a lot neater and cleaner than the stretchy cast-on that I used in the beginning. Perhaps I'll try the stretchy cast-off on another project.
After my cast off it was on to the leg ribbing... the pattern has you making the leg ribbing as a flat piece and seaming it up with everything else at the end. But if you know me, you know I HATE SEAMING!!! So using mattress stitch (tutorial from knitty.com) I seamed up the sides from the markers that the instructions had you place. I then picked up stitches with circular needles and made the ribbing in the round!! Much easier (and quicker!) When I am done (not quite...), I will cast off in the round and voila - I'm done!