Monday, September 27, 2010

Rhythm in Blue

I'm nearly half way through this little lattice lace scarf and I'm finally getting into the rhythm of it. It's a simple enough stitch pattern, but the combination of a decrease on either side of a double yarn over just wasn't flowing smoothly for me. The left-leaning increase was specified as, "slip one knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitch over"--that's three steps for one stitch. I've substituted "knit two together through back loop", which gives the same effect for the effort of just one step. I've also shifted one of the corresponding increases to the second row of the pattern. Now I've got a nice rhythm going with three stitches on every first row and four on the alternate rows and I'm happily zipping along.
I'll take this with me this morning, though I doubt I'll have time for much knitting. I'm off to pick up a minibus from the Council offices. I'm taking my Monday morning group in to the city to visit the Immigration Museum. Driving a twelve-seater minibus is a bit of a stretch for me, but I'm up for a new challenge. I'll have a little time before I pick up my passengers to get into the rhythm of the new vehicle.


Knitspingirl said...

I always subsitute the sl1, k1, psso decrease with a ssk (slip 1 knitwise, slip another 1 knitwise, knit them together through the back of the loops). I find it gives a much closer left-leaning match to the good old k2tog without twisting any stitches. But that's fussy perfectionism-driven me.

Good luck with the bus - I certainly wouldn't be game to drive one, let alone into the city!!

SewSofie said...

I certainly have respect for you knitters. I was never able to get past 'perl one plain one' although I love knitted things. My mum is an avid knitter and always knits the most beautiful jumpers. Your project looks lovely. I love the colour.
Good luck with the minibus. Im sure you'll be fine :)

Textile Tragic said...

Thanks and thanks . . . the bus was BIG--the biggest thing I've ever driven! As for the knitting, it's a quick knit, not an heirloom piece--synthetic yarn even:)--so I'm more interested in how the process flows, than the exact angle of the stitches. I'm learning to choose when to be fussy.