Instead of quilting, two weeks ago I found a Knit a Long at a LYS, Nine Rubies in San Mateo. The book we are all knitting from is Knit, Swirl! By Sandra McIver. I just love this style and couldn’t resist.
The group meets every Tuesday for the next six weeks. We’ll see how this goes. I am a very sporadic knitter and I stick to scarves and maybe a hat or baby blanket. So this is very ambitious for me.
The picture on the cover is the pattern I’m making, Coat of Many Colors. Only I’m using a single color, Cascade 220 Superwash in Heather (purple) on a size 6 Addi Turbo 40″ circular needle. It’s knit as all one circular piece with only one seam to finish.
As I post this, I’m about to start row 7 which will finish the first welt. All in purl. The next welt will all be knit. I started with 569 stitches. The good news is working from the outside in, you decrease 16 stitches every welt, so it will eventually be more manageable.
Things I’ve learned so far:
- Count, count and recount. And then count again. One of the ladies in the group who started her Swirl in May is having to rip out many, many, many rows because somewhere along the way she skipped some decreases. We were so sad for her.
- Casting on using two skeins of yarn so I didn’t have to estimate how much tail to have for so many stitches. Very clever.
- Joining the round after Row 3 was so much easier than trying to join right after casting on.
- How critical the swatch is. I started with a 7 and while the welts (rows) were good, the stitch count was way off. So I moved down to a 6 because the welts will expand on their own. And I can give them a nudge when blocking if necessary.