Okay...Since I can't do anything simple...
I decided to take a pattern that I found in Creative Knitting Nov 2011, pgs 44-45, 70, 72, and alter it to make a Bed Jacket for my grandmother who is 95 and living in an assisted living home.
The sweater/jacket is knitted in the round similar to the Pi shawls that are currently popular. Since I didn't like the Leaf pattern on the back and I wasn't using the same type of yarn. (not double strand) I found an all over pattern (Vertical Lace Trellis) in my Treasury of Knitting Patterns
book (Barbara G. Walker) and used that to do the motif on the back. That seems to have worked well. Motif is a bit larger than sweater pattern indicates, but not so much as to be a problem. So far, so good.
Here's where it gets tricky. I decided on a Faggoting stich called Turkish Stitch to do the collar area of the sweater. (also in Treas. of Kitting) The Turkish faggoting stitch is on an even number of stitches and is as follows:
K1, *yo, K2 tog; rep from *, end K1. Repeat this row.
Since this pattern is not meant to be done in the round, I'm compensating by leaving off the K1's at beg and end, and changing the second row to *yo, P2tog tbl; rep from *. Is this correct? or should I just be doing a P2 tog. Does it matter? I did a sample and tried to do a bit of both, but I can't seem to see any difference.
The other question I have is... the Sweater pattern says:
Body is worked as a circle with sts bound off for armholes on 1 rnd, then cast on on the next round. On inc rnd, inc 1 st at each marker (10 sts per rnd), working inc to left and to right of markers on alternate inc rounds. Designer suggests inc by making a yo on 1 rnd, then working it tbl on next round to avoid a hole.
In the center motif I made increases by knitting through the back loop of the next stitch, then knitting that stitch. (or whatever the "Vertical Lace Trellis" pattern called for.) Since the motif has a K1 at beginning and end of each section (5 pie pieces) it was easy to do this. When doing the Turkish stitch though, I would rather not have the "stripes" between the pie pieces. How do I increase with this pattern without making it apparent?
There are 10 markers and I need to increase at each one of them. I've read the above directions repeatedly and it wasn't until I just typed them that I understood them. I was thinking I had to increase on both sides of the marker, but I don't. Just once per marker alternating sides of the marker per increase row. (clear as mud...yes it is!)
Sweater pattern says to increase every 4th rnd until there are (eventually) 480 stitches. (That's the finishing round.) I'm not sure I will get that far, as I don't want the finished collar to be as big as the one shown in the magazine.
I am open to any and all help and suggestions...
I'd like to get this done soon, as I have a request from my neice, working and living in Aspen CO, for a pair of warm mittens and a hat.
: had a heck of a time charting the "Vertical Lace Trellis" pattern in order to get the correct number of increases in it. I picked that pattern because the alternating row was just a purl row, which in the round turned into a Knit row, which made it easy to put in the increases.
I"m not looking forward to charting the sleeve pattern. The one in the magazine has a long cuff on it, and is far too long for my grandmother who is petite. BUT
- first things first... one step at a time.... foundation before decorating the walls....
finished the socks I was making for my sis. I was going to take a picture, but she came over, and I gave them to her, forgetting to take the picture.
I will try and post a pic of my wip.... assuming I can find the cord to download my camera pics.