Monday, July 19, 2010

Miles of Stockinette

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I’m not sure what it is about a heatwave that makes me feel like knitting things that are thick and hearty and made of wool. Possibly they remind me that more temperate days are coming, and that one day there will not be 82% humidity.

I’m doing all this without air conditioning, too, mind you.

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That’s hot coffee right there. Clearly, I have a sickness.

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This is another top-down raglan of my own figuring, since I really really REALLY love the comfort of knitting miles and miles of stockinette. The yarn is Malabrigo worsted, which is, in my opinion, the very best yarn a person can have and still be able to send her children to college. It is soft enough to use for a baby’s pajamas, and it comes in the most delicious array of colorways. This one is called “frost.” I believe it is kettle-dyed, so you get that exciting variation between skeins and you should use two skeins at a time, alternating every other row for a nicely blended effect (or if, like me, you’re lazy and can’t be bothered with having two balls of yarn to deal with, you can do what I did and make your peace with all the striping and variations. )

The top-down raglan is the best ever kind of comfort knitting, since the only measurement you truly need is the length of the raglan--that’s the seam you see in the above photo. If you cast on correctly and work your increases like you’re supposed to, by the time your raglan measurement is achieved, the body and the sleeves all have the perfect number of stitches. Magic! There’s about five minutes of thinking required at the planning stages of this kind of sweater (mostly involving which kind of neckline you want) and you have to swatch. I know. But then your mind is free to wander and your hands are free to knit knit knit, and then, of course, when it’s done you don’t have to sew up a dang thing. Lovely.

The weather forecast is for heat and more heat, so look for this to be finished in a few days.

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