03 April 2007

I've been good

Really I have! In a strange burst of responsibility, I have been working on the poor, lonely orange sweater. It's only fair, since I ran off with some mohair for awhile, that I pay attention to the orange sweater again before knitting lace all summer. But the laceweight is beautiful, isn't it? It's 100% silk laceweight from Colourmart in the Sky color. Steph and Therese wouldn't let me buy any more acid green (the tapestry green), and really, they do have a point. :)

But before I go on, look at this gorgeous Bauble!

It's done by JerseyKnitter as a gift. She did an awesome job! I love it. :)

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Awhile back, BB asked me about Japanese short rows, and since I am working on the other sleeve of the orange sweater now, I've taken a few pics of the technique I've used. For those who didn't read the first time through, I'm knitting the sleeves down from the shaped armscye using Barbara Walker as my guide. I didn't want to wrap the short rowed sleeve cap, so I'm using Japanese short rows. Here's a great reference, btw, if I lose you in the middle of my explanation.

In Japanese short rows, stitches are not wrapped. You knit up to the turning point and place a safety pin on the yarn like this:

Knit or purl your row. Then work back to the safety pin. On returning to that spot, pull the pin and put the loop of yarn onto the left needle. It will look like this:

Remove the pin and work the loop together with the next stitch, like this purled stitch:

Repeat. :)

Some of you may remember that I was getting a ridge on the sleeve. I hated it, and I also didn't want one showing up on the front of this sleeve. I decided to work the sleeve so that the ridge (which seemed to be inevitable after some swatching) would be less obvious. So instead of picking up stitches all around the armscye, I only picked them up two thirds of the way around and picked up the others while doing short rows. This presented a bit of a problem, because there was no stitch with which to knit the loop (I hadn't yet picked them up). So I improvised. Instead of working the loop immediately, I put it on the needle:

picked up the next stitch and placed the pin again:

and then purled the two together on the way back. Unfortunately that picture did not at all turn out, but the process itself seemed to work fairly well. Here's how the short rows look up close.

You can see the little ridge, which I really don't mind if it's right at the edge of the armscye like this. It took much less time than the first sleeve. Maybe because I didn't have to rip this one out four times!?

I'm going to go fondle my silk now.

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Blogger CarolineF said...

Interesting looking short row technique. I want to experiment with it in my free time. Bwahaha did I say that???? free time? But it looks neat.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Nathania said...

Hurray for progress! The sweater's looking great, Romi!

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

That Bauble is amazing! Thank you for the Japanese short row tutorial as well.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

What an awesome tutorial, thank you ever so much for sharing it! It's very interesting indeed, and with your great step-by-step instructions it sounds really easy - I will so try it out next time I'll have to do short row techniques!
Gosh, that Bauble is absolutely fabulous!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Kath said...

Great tutorial! Thanks.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Gypsy Purple said...

Have a great and blessed

9:15 PM  
Anonymous junieann said...

Wonderful tutorial and a very interesting SR technique. I dislike SR because I can't keep track of where I am at. Curses. This does solve the problem. Just place a pin for locating the tight spot.
I am going to try it. I have the Enchanted Jacket pattern...lots of SR work. This might work very well to hide the wrap part.

Thanks Dear.

10:55 PM  
Blogger AR said...

Very nice tutorial. I love the bracelet. Pretty!!

7:28 AM  
Blogger AuntieAnn said...

I'm late to the party as so often happens, but I am definitely going to have to try this!

9:48 AM  

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