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Finally I am in, on Ravelry! (I am ambling there. ^_^ ) How exciting that there are some interesting groups there. For example, the group Exotic Knitting Styles (link for those on Ravelry only at this moment) is exactly what I’d love to join because that’s a group for those who neither knits English way nor continental way!! Really the last thing I’d like to hear from people is “you don’t do the stitch properly!” So, excluding Sunday brunch at Carluccio’s, I spent my time either on Ravelry or on a pair of simple ribbed socks since my invite arrived on Sat 19: 11.

But I should at least write something on Cressida, a bolero I’d fallen in love when I saw the pattern online.

Cressida bolero!Cressida bolero!

The bolero’s done at least one week ago, but I still haven’t (1) blocked it, (2) hid all tails, and (3) sew buttons on it. The metal button on the second pic is cheated, with the little help from dear pins.

The pattern is designed for Rowan’s Soft Lux, an aran weight yarn. But I decided to use Rowan’s kid soft for it. Kid soft looks thinner than Soft Lux, but the mohair and lambswool mix makes it chunkier than Soft Lux. The result is, it knits up quickly, the garment is lighter (only 3.3 to 3.4 balls were used), warmer, and softer!

Since I’ve got 5 balls of Kid Soft, I decided to use them up and make a stole-ish garment:
Kid soft stole

that’s the drop-stitch and purse stitch project I was mentioning the other day. ^^

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This shot should not be uploaded just yet, because the object is for a swap and I always try not to spoil the fun! What you see from the pic is a partial view of a Blythe dress, in which I use the Cross stitch pattern and a verrsion of lacy lattice pattern. (pre-blocked though…)

This is definitely not a swatch

I can’t believe that there are so many people interested in the cross stitch pattern when I post it on Sunday. I did think it’s unusual, but I never thought that the instruction is no where to be found via google! or at least that’s the result of initial serach, and I haven’t clicked each page for more details. It is not that I don’t want to share how to do it but that I prefer to make sure there won’t be copyrights infraction if I type the pattern here. I first learned this pattern from Vogue Dictionanry of Knitting Stitches, by Anne Matthews. If you’ve got this book, dig it out, and turn to the drop stitch section, you’ll find it!! But I “remembered” I’ve seen it somewhere, in one of my vintage patter collection. Anyone knows if typing someone’s pattern on a blog will be fine?

So here’s comes a minor surprise when I checked The Stitch of the Day section on knitting daily today! The pattern featured today is “Extended open-work” stitch. If you saw my post today, you can probably see it on knitting daily. It will be gone tomorrow so be quick!! But don’t be sad if you didn’t catch up–their “Stitch of the Day” comes from Harmony Guides, so you may as well buy yourself one. Harmony Guides are great stitch dictionaries, and are on my wishing list! (My knitting books grow quicker than I intended them to be, so I won’t get them just yet. And I am keener to get Barbara Walker’s books at this moment.)

But this pattern isn’t exactly the same one I am using.

There are two significant differences. First, the one from Harmony Guides is more like a cable. You just don’t build up these cables, but break them with a purl line (seeing from the right side). While I did point out in my previous post, the one from Vogue is similar to cables, they are achieved from inside the loops.

Second, the Harmony Guides uses wrapped stitches, but the Vogue one uses drop stitches. The difference isn’t that easy to tell but they are not the same. Wrapped stitches look neater, drop stitches look more fun!

(I do dislike written instruction, but it doesn’t mean I can or don’t read them. Plus, when it comes to patterns with photos, I can probably tell you how to do something just by the photos. ^_^)

I think you have to sign up for knitting daily to see the stitch, but I find myself enjoying reading it! You find lots of promotions from Intereweave Knits and their sister companies indeed, but the editor Sandi Wisehear talks about lots of knitting tips that is more than useful. For example, she writes about how to convert flat knitting to circular knitting, in which she briefs nicely on all techniques I knew from experiences.

Anyways, that’s it for today. If I’ve got time, I’ll swatch both patterns and put them together. Don’t expect me to do it quick though…. I was actually planned the dress with another drop stitch pattern, “Butterfly pattern,” but only after two complete rows did I remember I forgot a stitch, so I unravel the piece and choose the cross stitch instead–it’s quicker and easier!

Oh, and I think I’ll be in on Ravelry Friday. I will be out, away from computer until late, and have to leave early on Sat! And don’t even have time for Ally Pally! (or will I??) Oh, why, oh, why???

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My first ever sock (singular it is) is finished after lunch today. I washed it immediately to ease uneven stitches. It is laid flat for drying now so there isn’t a photo just yet. (I skip blocking this time because I believe flat drying will do equally good for it.)

I didn’t plan to do the cable as the original design. But I changed my mind when I finished the first repeat after the heel. After all, C4B and C4F are just a little twist when you start doing it, so why not? (No cable needles for me. No, I don’t use them at all when you can just manage the cable perfectly on the working pair. Not even making something like C24B. Cable knitting in this fashion can’t be easier: that’s one of the knitting techniques I will personally recommend.) So I twisted the selvage space between the pattern since.

Because the sock is meant to be knee-high so I had to increase at certain length, to accommodate the shape of my leg… I wish I would think of this at an ealier point! I then incorporated these increases to the cable areas, so I have C8B and C8F once, then combos of C4B and C4F on these areas to form my most fav argyle shape of cables.

And this brings me to a picutre I took some days ago, though I just uploaded it.
a swatch that is not exactly a swatch

This was a swatch I did when I got the yarn somedays ago, a beautiful apple green shade of Stella from Debbie Bliss. The pattern is a drop stitch pattern called “Cross stitch.” Because I am a drop stich fan, I had planned to use it long time ago but just haven’t done so, so I did it by way of swatching (the result was 16st for 8cm on suitable size of needles to justify the action). But for some reasons, I neither used Stella for the designated project nor used the cross stitch pattern. What I did was putting togeher purse stitch (or purse Fagotting as shown here) and “Openwork cross stitch” for that project. I was using Rowan kid soft for it, from those left over of my Cressida bolero.

But why the “Cross stitch” and cables are related? Because doing the cross stitch is similar to cable knitting without a cable needle: just the cable is picking up stitches as they are but cross sitch picking up from inside loops! I know this sounds confusing at first, but that’s the way I am doing them.

Ps. underneath the swatch is “Vogue Dictionary of Knitting Stitches” by Anne Matthew, one of my knitting dictionaries. I love dictionaries. They feed my needs for constant knitty meditation.

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