Master Knitter Level I
It’s time I got the paper that says I can call myself a master knitter. I feel like I’m a pretty good knitter now, but I admit it. I’m one of those folks that is validated by validation. Reader and friend Rebecca is joining in and I’ll let you know how she’s doing too. Any readers who care to join me on the request, just let me know…the more, the merrier!
July 14, 2010 I ordered and received the instructions in May shortly after Rebecca and I decided we’d give this a go. Then, in June, I ordered and received a goodly quantity of Elann Highland Wool in a nice pale yellow color to meet the requirements for yarn use for the swatches. Not bad…2 months down and 2 major accomplishments, right? Okay, so not so great, but now we begin in earnest. Rebecca has finished several swatches and I’ve completed the first three. (Okay, okay, they still don’t have their tails woven in, but that will be done soon!)
Swatch 1 — Easy 2X2 ribbing for 2.5 inches followed by 4 inches of stockinette. I used a long-tail cast on in pattern…2 knit-wise (thumb loop led) alternating with 2 purl-wise (finger loop led) and bound off on the right side with all knit stitches. I caught the stitch in the row below for the final stitch in the bind off to promote squareness.
Swatch 2 — Easy 1X1 ribbing for 2.5 inches followed by 4 inches of stockinette. I used a normal long-tail cast on this time…and then just dived into K1P1 on the “wrong side” of the cast on. I bound off on the wrong side of the swatch, therefore all purl stitches. I caught the stitch in the row below for the final stitch in the bind off to promote squareness. Happy with the fabric, happy with the blocking, not incredibly happy with the evenness of the rib stitches. This is true of Swatch 1 as well, but it’s not as prominent. I believe the issue is the amount of spin in the yarn. It’s not spun quite as tightly as I think I’d like for helping to even out tension in areas like ribbing. In the body of the swatches, I’m very happy with it, but the ribbing maintained unevenness, even after wet blocking. I realize that ribbing can be like that, but I’m wondering if I’ll end up repeating those swatches as a result. We’ll see. If I’m energetic later in the process I may redo them anyway — and take extra care to maintain even stitches for that little bit of ribbing there.
Swatch 3 — Four inches of seed stitch. Twenty stitches in the cast on, which I did in pattern. Cast off in pattern. Very straightforward. Per instructions I did achieve a nice dense fabric without holes. It’s actually more square than it appears in the picture.