Monday, March 07, 2005

I Love My Hood

I love my hood. I love my hood. I love my hood! I'm going to marry my hood. You are all invited.

So, I finished the hood the other night. I must have some good knitting karma, because the cable reached the halfway point right at 14", where the hood was supposed to end, so I could have the reverse stockinette break in the cable symmetrically balanced on either side.

I thought about binding off and sewing the hood seam, or (my favorite) folding the hood in half and doing the 3 needle bind off, but in the end I decided to be daring and kitchener it.

I am doing "A Good Bias" from the newest Interweave, and on the back, (I read ahead, fancy that), I am supposed to "kitchener in pattern". I never even knew it was possible to kitchener in pattern. I have only kitchenered sock toes and bag straps, and can only just now do it on plain old stockinette without reading the instructions.

So, deep breath, and knowing it was "theoretically possible", I decided to kitchener the cable in pattern. It took the entire evening, and I think I held my breath the entire time. When I finished, my body was stiff and my heart was racing, and I think I set the world record for breath-holding. Too bad my husband was asleep on the sofa and not holding a stopwatch in one hand and the Guiness book address in the other. Seriously, it was the most challenging thing I've ever attempted in knitting. And, it is seriously not perfect, but I think it looks pretty freakin great, and I am very proud of it!

A couple of people have asked me to publish my modifications to this already great pattern . I have been working on writing them up all afternoon, and hope to post them in the next day or so. Putting instructions in writing definitely gives me even more respect for the talented pattern designers.

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Blogger Mrs. Mel said...

I bow to you O High Priestess of Knitting. Kitchener in pattern, OMIGOD! You truly kill.
I wanna tutorial from you. I shall knit up something (not mitered squares, which I am again knitting) and then come over for help.
See what you did?

7:04 AM  
Blogger Katy said...

Oh no. I thought I read ahead in the Good Bias pattern, but I missed that "kitchener in pattern" part. You might have to help me! Katy ;)

3:00 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

p.s the hood looks fabulous!

3:01 PM  
Blogger K said...

Thank you so so much for posting what you did! I can't wait! i love your hood too.. and will send you a wedding gift, if you tell me where you are registered. ;)
You did a beautiful job!!!

7:34 PM  

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