Archive for November 2011


Lyn and Kelly guessed correctly - I am indeed knitting Carol Feller‘s Corcovado from the last Twist Collective. It’s a nice break to knit someone else’s pattern!

While I do appreciate the freedom of following a pattern, I pretty much never knit any pattern as written. First of all, I can’t – as I discussed the other day, most patterns are written for someone measuring about 5’6″ to 5’7″. I am not exceedingly short (5’3″ *and* 3/4″), but clothing is generally just a little too long. The first thing I do is study the schematic.

Doing so, I first saw that the body length for Corcovado is 22″ for all sizes. Adding the armhole depth and shoulder shaping results in over 30″ overall length – which means the hem would hit mid-thigh. A good 4″ would have to come off. But here’s where the style preference comes in – I’d rather have a nice, deep ribbing at the bottom. 3″ sounds about right – a total of 7″ would have to be lopped off.

It was a piece of cake applying that change to the front – I merely multiplied 7 by the sts-per-inch number and cast on that many fewer stitches (using a provisional method; you can’t see it here but I’ve grafted the cast-on edge to the back’s side seams. It’s nice and flat). The back required a few more calculations, but nothing too tricky – I’ve talked about it before and I can assure you that it gets easier each and every time. I intend on picking up stitches for the bottom band and knitting down, so cast-on the back with a provisional method as well.

One more thing worth noting – see how all the ends are on the bottom? I’d rather keep my shoulder edges nice and clean so began the left front with a wrong side row, thereby executing colour changes at the hem. It meant that my slip rows would also occur on the wrong side, but only entails working ‘sl1 wyib, p1′ instead of ‘k1, sl1 wyif’.

Oh, and Laura asked – the colours I used are softspun in black, and regal in ‘fir green’ and dark grey’.

I’ve cast on for a purely me project – can you guess what it is? The pattern calls for Softspun – which I chose as my MC – but I’m using Regal instead for CC1 and CC2. I might jabber on about the changes I’m making if anybody’s interested (for both fit and personal taste).

Contest Update:

As much as it saddens me, I had to give up on 559 – perhaps somebody threw away their ticket, not realizing how close they were to baby alpaca joy.

So, I picked a new number (1214), which ended up being Christina in Montana – one of the customers and newsletter subscribers. Her response: ‘are you serious?’…

Patternfish began rolling out its November newsletter this morning and you may have noticed I have a little something in there – it’s a sweater I made especially for my sister-in-law, Monique. You heard about Mo before – I showed her first project a few entries back (a bit of an overachiever, isn’t she?) – but this is the first time I’ve showed a picture of her on this blog. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Her sweater was initially to be named ‘Blue MOon Pullover’ – get it? Mo? But we feared it would just look like one giant screaming typo. Blue Moon it is, then.

Anyhow: I’m not sure how long voting will last, but you can see all the finalists right here. And, if you feel so inclined, vote for Mo!

Oh! And I’m still waiting for number 559 to get in touch with me – check your tickets, everyone! If I don’t hear by the 18th, I’ll pick a new number.

Oona’s birthday has come and gone, and the time has come to pick a winner (with the help of If you hold number 559 in your hands, let me know! Reach me at infoATstdenisyarnsDOTcom.