On the needles

In my last post, I categorised three projects as “on the needles”.However, on taking them out to photograph them, I discover that two ofthe three are not on the needles at all: they’re on lengths of yarnfunctioning as stitch-holders, since I stole the needles for anotherproject. I hope I made a note somewhere of what size needles they were!

The project that actually is on the needles is the kidsilk haze jumper in Luscious Gracious’s random lace,which is loads of fun. You knit yarnovers and decreases randomly,making sure that the number of stitches you decrease matches the numberof yarnovers. It looks great in the KSH on big needles (Denises inUS15). Or at least, it does when blocked. I swatched to check I likedthe effect, and for a vague idea of gauge, and I’ve got the blockedswatch hanging on my desk door. It’s gorgeous. The jumper, on the otherhand, currently looks like a crumpled tattered rag, but I’m told thisis par for the course for lace generally, and KSH in particular.

It’s really stretchy, which is why I didn’t careso much about gauge, and the idea is that I want it close-fitting apartfrom in the deliberately floaty bits (bell sleeves, and probably aroundthe hem, too when I get there).

I’m knitting it in a slightly odd order:

  • Started with a provisional cast-on on the body, knitting up
  • Reached armhole, put all except one set of armpit stitches on a stitch-holder
  • Provisionally cast on sleeve stitches, joined with armpit stitches
  • Knit the sleeve down, trying on as I go

This is where I’m up to. Next:

  • I’ll take the other set of armpit stitches off the holder, and do the second sleeve
  • Release the provisional cast-on at the tops of the sleeves
  • Join sleeve stitches to the back and front stitches from the holder
  • Knit shoulders, doing raglan decreases as I go
  • Finish up neckline (haven’t decided yet if I’m going for V or round)

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