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Foreign Correspondent’s Scarf

I actually started making another Hitchhiker with this yarn, but didn’t like the way it looked (too subtle variegation) so I frogged and just looked up patterns for scarves and shawls for fingering weight yarn on #3 needles to have SOMETHING to knit during AlterConf.

And I’m very happy; first few rows required a bit of attention, but it’s quite memorizable. It’s a great pattern to knit and it looks lovely, if absurdly long.

Lady Sweater

I still need to buy buttons, but it’s pretty much done. Overall, I enjoyed the knitting. It was quite straightforward, with the exception of working out the eyelet row. I probably should’ve gone up a size but I’m pleased with my first sweater!


Did 2 swatches – one on #8 which was a smidge large, and another on #7, which was just a hair small. Going with slightly small on the assumption that it’ll stretch over time.

4/24 – first “whoops!” – it’s hard to know how big to make a buttonhole if you haven’t picked buttons yet. : Also, my first-ever buttonhole, and I don’t think I got it quite right. (4 stitches?)

4/26 – 2nd buttonhole, slightly better than the first one, also found a few buttons of about the right size, might not use them but will make a good model.

4/28 – final buttonhole! Much better construction but not 100% sure it’s the same size. Also did the eyelet increase row with just the right number of YOs. (start w/YO, then one every 6 stitches, except last is 5st, then final YO.

5/1 – first row of lace, discovered I was short exactly 2 stitches. Made up for it by not doing decreases in last repeat.

5/2 – separated sleeves!

5/4 – now that I’m just on the body, it seems to go quite a bit faster.

5/6 – achievement unlocked! mild mangling of lace pattern, followed by getting back on track. Looks like it’s just on the front left panel.

5/13 – this feels like it’s going amazingly fast. Now I’ve got the pattern down enough that I don’t even need my reference card AND I can feel if I’ve gotten off track before it goes too far. :)

5/17 – started garter stitch for bottom edge!

birthday socks

Adjustments for two-at-a-time circular

(some of this was copied from notes on paper about two months after I finished the socks. YMMV.)

Heel flap

After the last row of the last leg pattern repeat:

(SL1,K1) across first 32 stitches of sock A
Turn to wrong side, SL1,P31
Continue to sock B, SL1, P31
Turn to right side and (SL1,K1) across same stitches.

Repeat for same number of rows/slipped stitches as in written pattern.

(Also going with (SL1/K1)* instead of SL1/K31 for right side because I like it.)

Heel turn

(something about this didn’t go quite right, but it’s now been two months, so I’m not sure what! here’s what I have written down in my notes, tho)

Turn heel B as per directions
K across
pick up 15

Turn heel A as per directions
K across
pick up 15
Row 1 lace
pick up 15

Sock B row 1 lace
pick up 15

Gusset

not sure where the break is in this

A: K to last 2 – K2TOG – Lace pattern – SSK – K across
B: Lace pattern – SSK – K to last 2 – K2Tog