Friday, November 03, 2006

The Somewhat Cowl FO

Pattern: The Somewhat Cowl by Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Peruvian Collection Quechua in rich olive
A tad bit too big, but not enough to make me think about not wearing it. The color goes so well with my skin tone, don't ya think? The only modification, which I would not do again, is I added short rows to round out the sleeves. Before blocking, you could see the bubbled-out short rows just above the ribbing on the sleeves. Thank goodness for the power of blocking!

Oh my goodness! -- I can't believe I forgot to mention this on my last entry... I went to the library and, along with some other highly reputable knitting books, I found Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and Deborah Robson. If you're not familiar with this book, it's such an interesting read for knitting history buffs, specifically those who want to know what old techniques and designs were used in the past all over the world.

My favorite discovery in the book concerns Japanese short rows. When I knit Green Gable, which is a top-down raglan design, I used Japanese short rows in the round. Since I hadn't yet read Knitting in the Old Way (KITOW), I didn't know how to finish off the pinned purlside short rows on the knitside when doing the conclusion round. So, I ended up coming up with my own idea on how to do it, which looked fine but not perfect. Well... Upon reading KITOW, I discovered the correct way to do it. The authors use what turns out to be a SKP decrease to mirror the slant of the k2tog decrease used on the knitside short rows. When I made Green Gable, I crossed the pinned loop behind the slipped stitch and then did a k2tog (trying to mirror what would occur on the purlside when knitting flat). In hindsight, using a left-slanting decrease such as SSK or SKP should've been a no-brainer! Ah, well... Oh, BTW: the authors of KITOW don't use pins in their description of Japanese short rows. Personally, I find it easier to use pins so that there is no mistaking which loop gets pulled up onto the needles.
Here's a picture of my
little lion at Halloween!

1 comment:

gleek said...

first of all, SC looks great! it looks warm and comfy. perfect for this time of year!

second, horray on the japanese short row discovery! remember that i used your method too on green gable. i thought maybe to use k2tog tbl but you're right, skp would have been so much better. i'm so glad you found that book.

and the pins make it soooo much easier!