Slow but steady…

Wee Lass' Yuletyde Stocking

Working the deer rows now.  I’m using the chart saved as a PDF on the laptop and thought it would be really crazy and headache inducing, but thus far it’s been going along smoothly.   Except it keeps Nature Boy from updating his Facebook status…

Also really impressed with myself, as a thrower, employing a two-handed fair isle approach to knitting, picking one color left handed and throwing another right handed as I go along.  It’s slow but getting faster.  Maybe I can someday claim to be a continental knitter?  I think I have to master better tension and purling to claim that one though….

This hat?

Oh no it was almost done and started out so promising.

Not so much.  It’s gonna be frogged and restarted using another pattern.  This one fits too snugly to the head instead of resembling a cloche.

Both the stocking and the hat coincidentally employed the same nifty little hem.  In both you cast on with waste yarn so you can work with live stitches to secure the hem.  You knit an extra inch or so, then purl a row (hat) or do a row of k2, yo (stocking).  You knit the same inch or two, fold the first section inside the second, remove your waste yarn and capture your live stitches from the cast on edge, then k2 tog from both sets of needles.

Hem knit and ready for folding
Hem folded and ready to remove waste yarn
Ready to knit live stitches from both needles together
Top edge of hem

Sort of like a three needle bind off but you don’t bind off, just knit them together.  No having to go back and sew the hem down later.  The yo row from the stocking creates a cute little picot edge too.  Weird to be working on two projects with the same type of hem for the first time.  Weird but good, a neat little technique I will perhaps use again.

Looking forward to more cold evenings spent snuggled down and knitting.

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2 thoughts on “Slow but steady…

  1. Yay for Fair Isle! I absolutely love it, but haven’t done much lately. I really like the colours you’ve chosen too–very warm and cosy.

    The turned hem is one of my favourite details, great for hats where it’s less constricting than ribbing. Great work!

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