February 28, 2006

Durrow Finale: Mirrored Charts and Bums

One last sleeve shot of the finished Durrow (with mirrored butt modestly photoshopped out):


For the pervs who asked last time, clicking on the above pic will remove the photoshop mask. Click at your own risk.

For anyone interested in the mirrored charts that I used to reverse the cable on the second sleeve, these are the mirrored charts that Jodi provided to me:


I bravely claimed not to need them, and I didn't really, you know, NEED them or anything, but I did indeed use them and they did indeed make life easier. Thanks Jodi!

About the neckline. I don't know what happened. It was huge, and nothing else about the sweater is out of scale. In the end I ripped back the front to the start of the neck decreases and the sleeves back to the end of the raglan shaping. I continued the raglan shaping on the sleeves rather than working them even after 17 decreases as the pattern called for, and worked them a little bit longer than originally called for. I made the neck opening at the front less wide by casting off two stitches on either side for the first two neck decreases and one stitch on either side for the next four decreases, rather than casting off two stitches for all the decreases as called for, and cast off an extra four stitches for the shoulder decreases on each side of both the front and back (which is why the sleeves had to be a little bit longer at the top). Decreased another 10 stitches when starting the neckband, which removed about 40 stitches in all from the neck opening. Knit the neckband firmly on smaller needles and cast off using a super-stretchy cast-off (K or P as presented, K2togTBL). I don't know of anyone else having this issue with Durrow, so maybe it's just me. I record this only for posterity.

About the sleeve decreases: The math on the increases doesn't work out, at least not for the size small. It says to increase for the first time when the piece measures 4"/10cm, which for me was at row 15 in Chart A (which covers rows 1 to 19), and then increase every 8 rows thereafter for a total of 13 increases. Chart B covers rows 20 to 49, and is to be repeated three times, and Chart C, which closes the cables, covers rows 50 to 71. If I increased every 8 rows I would have been making my final increase in row 51 of Chart C after completing the three repeats of Chart B. The pattern says to start the shoulder decreases around row 46 of the third repeat of Chart B (after working pattern as set for a while after completing the increases). Conflict. I just worked the last three decreases every 6th row rather than every 8th.

About chart errata: In cable chart A, row 13, 12 squares in from the right-hand side the symbol indicates: sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, p2, k2 from cn. It should instead indicate: sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, k2, k2 from cn. In chart A, row 16, there are two blank squares that should be purl stitches. In chart B row 43, there's a blank square that should be a purl stitch.

Even with the problems I experienced, it was a fun knit and I'd recommend it to anyone. Let me know how your neck turns out, though; I'm interested...

Posted by Ken Allen at 5:37 PM

February 27, 2006

Closing Ceremonies

Amy has a bunch of pics from the closing ceremonies here...

Posted by Ken Allen at 10:28 PM

February 26, 2006

Durrow 1.02 (aka the Podium at last)

Still some raglan weirdness to coax into shape with some steam tomorrow, but the knitting and sewing is as done as it's going to get:

And, as an added bonus, you can no longer drive a truck through the neckline! Much in the way of ripping and fudging, but I think I'm almost even happy with the result. I must say that the burst of laughter from the Harlot when it looked like I had overcompensated when reworking and had knit something with three sleeves and no neck was a tad disheartening, but it did result in me learning a new super stretchy cast off, so I suppose points lost for sportswomanship were regained in tutelage.

At least I have something to wear tomorrow!

Posted by Ken Allen at 1:11 AM

February 25, 2006

Durrow .9

Durrow is done was done is wrecking my life. Clearly, eating too many ramen noodles causes vomiting:

It was done for a while, but you could drive a car through the neck opening. I tried blocking to no avail. Must rip back and work out how to decrease more.

Briefly gold...

Posted by Ken Allen at 12:04 AM

February 17, 2006

Durrow .751

Back to the frog pond.

I don't know why I keep on knitting while I'm thinking. It seems to be a Durrow theme for me. I cast on the first sleeve too loosely, kept thinking about how I wasn't really very happy with how it looked while I knit away on it all the way to the Opening Ceremonies, and then decided that I really couldn't live with it and ripped it all out.

Enter sleeve the second.

I was laughing the other day at the common pattern heading: "Sleeve (work two)". I mean, it's not going to go very well for you if you don't knit two sleeves, generally speaking. So I was merrily following this instruction while the thought slowly started percolating in the back of my head, "you mean you're not going to reverse the cables on the second sleeve?" It was, of course, another few rows before I decided that really it was what I wanted what I needed the right thing the only possible thing to do. Besides, I read pattern charts backwards by mistake all the time. How hard can it be to do it on purpose?

Rippit, rippit.

Posted by Ken Allen at 7:16 AM

February 16, 2006

Durrow .75

Had to photoshop my underwear clad butt out of the mirror behind me... :)

Durrow 0.75

Posted by Ken Allen at 9:00 AM

February 10, 2006

Damn Work!

I can't believe I can't take the afternoon off so I can cast on sleeve one of Durrow for the Knitting Olympics. Stupid job!

Go Team Canada!

Posted by Ken Allen at 2:24 PM

February 6, 2006

Durrow Update

Durrow's sleeves are my entry in the Men's Cabling event (as there's no World's Slowest Knitter event) for Team Canada in the Knitting Olympics, which has meant a mad scramble to finish the body before the Opening Ceremonies on Friday. So here it is, the story so far: my Durrow Corset:

Durrow Corset

Posted by Ken Allen at 5:08 PM

Come to Ottawa! Skate on the Canal!

Or maybe not...

Canal Closed

The next person who tells me he's happy about the mild winter is going to get a karate chop. Okay, not really (like I know how to karate chop someone), but I'm seriously cheesed that even the weather reports lied were incorrect. The Museum of Civilization is seriously cool, but I wouldn't have driven all the way to Ottawa and back with the kids had I known that was really the sole attraction. Okay, that's a lie too, because it was great to see Tupp and Susan, but I mean really. What's Winterlude without skating on the canal?

Posted by Ken Allen at 2:57 PM