Wednesday, July 26, 2006

question about cast ons, bind offs and seaming and bugs on square one

Hello everyone. I am new and have a couple of questions if anyone would care to comment.
First, on the backside (WS) of the afghan, would it look bad if all the seams are not done the same way? To whit: I plan to use a provisional cast on for the bottom edge of "normal" squares that aren't somehow stitched or otherwise constructed (ones that are knitted normally from bottom up rather than put together or with borders). The top edge, normally a bindoff will be left "live" to seam with bottom edge of another swatch via 3 needle bindoff method. Side to side seams will be done with normal mattress stitch. These 2 seams will appear quite different on the back. I would prefer the back to appear as pristine as possible.

Apropos of the first published square in Knitters, "Kisses and Hugs, Spiders and Bugs": I see a bug on the spiderweb. I don't know if it is the "big" bug or not as I cannot see any other bug on the swatch. I plan to by the pattern in book form instead of using the magazine but don't have it yet. Perhaps in the book it is more clearly pictured? Is the other bug up on the leaf at top left? Looks like it might be.

Thanks for any help and any other hints on pitfalls or suggestions for working this thing. I am having an utter blast knitting the spider square! I love this thing. I am very comfortable with Aran knitting so this is not a problem. I would just love to hear of any experiences and good advice anyone has to give so as to avoid problems ahead of time!

Thanks very much!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Seaming lessons

I just started sewing all the squares together last weekend (no,they're not all done yet--got 27.5 out of 30 done) and have been learning some lessons in the process.

Lesson 1: Always slip the first stitch of each row when knitting an entire square, and never do when you're knitting a section of a square (like the border on Kathleen T. Carty or the center on Betty Salpekar). OK, I don't actually know if this is a hard-and-fast rule, but the squares where I conscientiously slipped the first stitch seam up beautifully, with the ridges appearing unbroken across the two squares. And when I attempted to do the same thing on the sections they came out like crap. Might just be me though. =)

Lesson 2: When the ridges on both squares run perpendicular to the seam, use a "ladder stitch" on the FRONT side of the work (see "Assembly" diagram on the last page of Knitter's School in the back of the book for a picture of what I'm calling "ladder stitch"). When the ridges on both squares run parallel to the seam, use an overcast stitch through the FULL THICKNESS of the squares. My first bunch of parallel seams look terrible because I was trying to only seam on the front side. And, finally, when one block runs parallel and the other is perpendicular--err, make it up. I tended to use overcast on those too, and it looks fine, but some experiments with half-and-half suggest that might be the way to go.

Hopefully this'll save some of you a little bit of stress with the seaming.