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Archives for April 2016

Pop Fizzle KAL

Learning brioche turned out to be one of the hardest things I’ve done with knitting in years. Just learning German Twisted Cast-On (which I ended up not using) was a struggle, then I cast on at least 3 times before giving up and trying a plain 2-color brioche scarf to figure out the basics.

Turns out doing brioche in the round with magic loop is really hard! So I switched from the really long old #6 needles to the interchangeable normal #6, short enough to just do in the round. That was much simpler.

The increases and decreases are tricky, but it helped to remember that each wrapped-together stitch, though consisting of two strands, is described as a single stitch.

Overall, I ended up enjoying it! I’m thinking about making more, oddly enough.

Arrowhead Lace Cardigan

ZOMG these increases are hard to follow. I mean, I’m getting what it’s supposed to do, but my brain hurts.

March 10, 2016

I may have done some cock-eyed increases in the shoulders over the last few days, especially since I did a bunch of knitting at an all-day mandatory training. Might keep going anyway.

March 23, 2016

I agonized for days (while sick no less) whether to go with the increases as written, try for another set, or even rip back and reknit with my “old style” (ie, 4.25mm) #6 needles. The pattern says it’s approximately a “L or European 42”, which research says _might_ be too small?

But during a bout of insomnia on Monday morning, and after looking at it again, measuring everything again, etc, I decided to just go with pattern as written.

April 6, 2016

Yesterday cast off the body, today started on a sleeve.

April 11, 2016

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised at how fast this was to make. I finished off the sleeves with garter instead of ribbing, because I wanted them to bell instead of contracting. Wondering if I ought to have done with the same with the bottom? Had just enough yarn for this pattern; either the sleeves or the body could’ve been just a smidge longer but I like leaving myself extra if I can. Really looking forward to wearing this once it’s finished drying!

June 27, 2016

Update after a few months of wearing off and on: I like the shape a lot, but the wool is a little heavy and the underarms have felted a bit.