Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This weekend we went to Bergen to attend the christening of my nephew C. N. Which means that I can show you photos of the last minute knitted christening gift.
I haven’t done a lot of stranded colour-work knitting before (to be honest it intimidates me), and it is noticeable. My floats – the gaps between the sections of pattern – are not loose enough to keep the work from puckering. As a result, it looks uneven. So on my next stranded knitting project I need to make the floats looser to prevent this.
All though the pattern is not intricate, it is not the easiest. On certain places, the floats strand across 15 stitches. Knitting guru’s usually recommend to not strand floats across more than seven stitches, but I think that five stitches are within my skill & comfort zone.
If you have to strand floats for more than seven stitches you should catch the floats in the centre of the span. I did this, what I didn’t know is that if you catch up your floats on the very same place on succeeding rows this can lead to banding on the front work. If you look closely, you can see some of those bands (looks like vertical stripes/gaps) in the photos.
On the more sunny side of matters (by the way, out of 47 days in 2014 we - Oslo inhabitants - have only had three days of sun) I love the colours I used. If I knit the sweater again, I think I would choose the same colours… Actually, I ought to knit it again soon to practice long and loose floats. For more details, visit my project page on Ravelry
Have a nice week!
Oh, and don’t miss the giveaway that lasts until February the 23rd!
posted by Anne Marie