OK, so which you wanna hear first? Get the bad news out of the way? OK.
I motored along on Maude, getting the the armhole decreases last night. Now that only half the stitches are on the needles at once I was able to try it on for the first time. It’s too big. Not huge. But definitely a bit drapey. It may shrink up a bit after a bath. If it doesn’t, I think I’m going to take some off the sides by steeking them. What do you think? The biggest benefit I can see for doing this – no ends to weave in! The ends would be cut off as part of the steek. I think there’s a really good chance I’ll have to do this (or frog the whole thing) so I may finally try my hand at steeking!
Here she is, just a couple rows into the armhole shaping:
Linen Drape Along
I’ve been really struggling with what pattern to make out of the linen drape. I love the yarn. Love the color. But I was totally missing design inspiration. Until yesterday. I’m designing my own sweater and I’m VERY excited about this one. It’s going to challenge me to get a really good fit, and there’s a healthy dose of crochet in there as well. The color I picked is called Tango (a claret red) and the design I’ve come up with is very Spanish-inspired as well. I’m not going to give away many of the details on this one, as I think it will be fun to reveal the design as I go.
However, there is one thing I need some help on. Crochet instructions. All you hookers out there, can you clarify something for me?
The pattern says starts out by doing a series of dcs and chs (dc, ch2, sk2 ch, dc into next ch). It makes a mesh. At the end it says (9 sps). I got that – it’s telling me there should be 9 mesh holes (spaces?) after that round. Then it says 1sc into next dc, ch5, skip next 4 sps, 1 dc into next sp. This is where I’m confused. Does that mean I should put my hook into the mesh hole (in essence, under the ch2) instead of into the top of the dc in the previous row? I think that’s what it means but I’m not sure. If anyone can help me I’d really appreciate it
I’ve finally added links to some of the blogs I read. I just started working on this list so it will definitely grow. Please don’t feel insulted if your blog isn’t there. It’s probably because I just haven’t added it to the list yet. I’ve put off creating this list for such a long time now because I’ve been afraid of hurting someone’s feelings by not having their blog listed. There are so many good knitting blogs out there!