Tag: short rows

Eureka! 0

Woohooo!! The wrap-and-turn problem is solved! I’ve been doing a little recon as I prepare to knit the Lizard Ridge Afghan, and I was saying yesterday that I’d gotten into some rough terrain with my picked up wraps from the short rows in the pattern. As you can see in this photo, the wraps I picked up from the purl side were all kinds of fugly.

Picked Up Purl Side Wraps 2 adj

 

I knew there had to be a better way, but I couldn’t quite work it out. Thank goodness for Google and Liat Gat over at KnitFreedom. This video has the answer. It’s all a matter of how you pick up the wrap and put it on the needle.

With the “normal” way of doing things, when you pick up a wrap from the purl side, the wrap ends up on the “right side” of your work, and there it will sit, strangling its stitch, forever and ever, amen. What you want to do is HIDE the picked up wrap on the “wrong side” of your work.

Liat shows exactly what to do in her video, but basically it’s this. As you look at the work from the purl side, you reach your right needle over and behind the left needle to pick up the wrap and then bring it up onto the left needle and over to the left side of the stitch it was wrapping. With this orientation of wrap to stitch, you go ahead and purl, and voila! No more fugly!

Picked Up Purl Side Wraps copy

 

Even unblocked and with my maiden “backwards knitting” attempt throwing the stitch tension completely off, these picked up wraps look worlds better than the original ones, don’t you think? Liat thanks Never Not Knitting for turning her onto this technique through the Cedar-Leaf Shawlette pattern, so I certainly want to thank her too. Aren’t knitters the best?!! I just love how everybody passes the good stuff along.

I’m still working on the cutest ever doggy sweater, among other things. We’ve got errands to run in civilization later today, so that will mean a fair amount of knitting time in the car (yayyyy!!!!). I’ll see if I can get a couple of fun knitting-in-public pics while we’re out and about and post those here on Sunday. Happy Knitting everybody!

On the trail . . . 0

I love it when I’m about to learn something new. You know that feeling you get when your mind is primed for the answer and it’s just a matter of time before you find it? Not a huge answer like THE Answer but a particular answer to a particular thing? That’s what I’m talking about.

I’m preparing to start the Lizard Ridge Afghan. There’s a crate full of Noro Kureyon that I bought for it a couple of years ago sitting in my yarn closet, but other things kept coming up, so the idea and the Noro have been waiting in the wings. Well, their time has come. One of my Ravelry groups is starting a Winter Knit Along on December 21st, and the theme is “Home Is Where the Knitting Is.” The Lizard Ridge will be perfect, so I’m gearing up.

One of the things the pattern calls for is knitting backwards. I was thinking I’d need to put myself into training for this to be ready on the 21st, but it turns out it’s not that difficult. The pattern links to a great Knitty tutorial, and after only a couple of practice sessions, I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with it.

What has surprised me is how dissatisfied I am with the wrap-and-turn technique specified in the pattern. The pattern directions are these:

When working a RS row: Knit to wrapped stitch, insert right needle into both wrap and stitch, and knit them together.
When working a WS row: Purl to wrapped stitch, use tip of left needle to pick up “wrap” and place it on left needle, purl wrap and stitch together.

No. Unh-unh. Not happenin’. I’ve been swatching this way, and it is not nice at all. Where I’ve picked up the purl stitches, especially, the wraps are lumpy and inelegant, and I just can’t believe there’s not a better way. I’ve done plenty of w&t’s on sock heels and not given it much thought, but for an afghan that’s going to be right up in my business in my living space for the rest of my life . . . there has to be a better way. I feel like I know the answer or that I should be able to think my way into it . . . but I’m not quite there. I’m on the trail, though, and I will report back, so watch this space.

Meanwhile, I’m knitting the most precious little sweater you’ve ever seen. We moved to the mountains last Spring, and the December weather is turning out to be on the chilly side for Chihuahuas. I had some KnitPicks Wool of the Andes yarn in my stash, and it’s just the thing to keep a little doggy body cozy.

Lola Sweater dropshadow

Pictures of the finished sweater coming soon . . .