July 08, 2004

Nearly there!

I’ve finished all the pieces for the King Charles Brocade sweater! I finished the second sleeve last night while playing a computer game (Civilisation III) with Mark… I think I’ve found the black hole of distraction — knitting and gaming. There’s no way to stop!

Anyway, now I just need to do the collar and sew it up. I have a bit of a dilemma, however. The original pattern I’m adapting, and indeed most of the patterns I’ve made for Mark, call for a simple ribbing for the collar, folded in half and tacked down around the neck. This looks good and works well. But with the yarn and stitch pattern I’m currently using I’m a little concerned. I used seed stitch at the waist and cuffs, not ribbing, so I’d like to use that at the collar as well. But the acrylic is stiffer than the wool I’m usually knitting with, and the seed stitch seems bulkier than ribbing, so I’m worried that if I do fold the collar over it will be too thick and look odd. On the other hand, I’m not happy with the idea of a cast-off edge at the top of the collar; I don’t think it would look very clean, and it might roll. Any suggestions? I realise I might just have to try various versions until I like the result, but if I can save myself the trial and error I’d like to!

And then, when that’s all done, it will finally be time to get started with the silk!

Posted by Aven at July 8, 2004 03:12 PM

Seed stitch shouldn’t roll, but how about doing only the front in seed stitch and doing the back (past the foldover) in ribbing or even stockinette? Do you think that might work?

Posted by: Robbyn at July 8, 2004 05:01 PM

It’s true, seed stitch won’t roll, and if you don’t want the cast-off edge looking noticeable, there’s two things I can think of that you can do. The easiest would be to cast off in purl (as viewed from the RS) all the way across so that the cast-off row would roll slightly to the back. The second is to use the invisible (or sewn) cast-off, which I personally love but I know a lot of people hate because it can be confusing to learn and time-consuming to do. If you don’t already know how, I recommend the basic instructions they have in most issues of Interweave Knits—I thought their directions were the clearest. But in case you don’t have access to them, I did look you up a site with instructions, though this one tells you to put the knit and purl stitches on separate, parallel needles…which is really not necessary. http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/lessonsix.htm

Posted by: Lizzi at July 9, 2004 09:20 AM

Now, Civ III’s good. Very good. They cleaned up a bunhc of problems from Civ II, and it’s lovely. Really.

But you know, I find that for pure relaxing, I still like Civ II best. Especially some fo the scenarios.

I like, when really bummed out from wok, to be the Stygians and wipe out the Elves, for instance.

Not QUITE as good as knitting, but still…

Posted by: Anne at July 11, 2004 10:14 AM

Ditto the sewn cast off. Very stretchy and good, and if you are concerned about the neck flaring, do a couple of decreases before you cast off.

Posted by: Stephanie at July 11, 2004 10:48 AM

I had to uninstall Civ III and hide the CD before I started my M.A. thesis. Unfortunately, I hid it so well that I still haven’t been able to find it.

Posted by: Lydia at July 12, 2004 11:28 AM

..now that’s the only game I’ve been tempted to try….

Posted by: Susan at July 20, 2004 04:48 PM