Not very regular posting

I haven’t been posting anything here.  I’ve been trying out Twitter.  I think I get the idea.  But I really don’t want to talk to anybody.

I knit up a hat for Emma accidentally in starlight lace (from Barbara Walker, vol 2).  Pics to follow when I get them off my camera.  Continue reading

Knitting diamonds in the round, hm?

Blog stats are funny.  My incomplete and possibly incorrect posting for my original diamond lace hat is by far the most popular thing I’ve written (popular being a relative term, with only like 300 views).  Looking at the stats, it is mostly one off google searches for diamond lace knitted in the round, etc. etc.  So I really will make an effort to post the actual chart that I used for my second hat, which came off without any glitches and flew off my needles in two evenings.

I’m actually working right now on a cabled hat (v2) and am taking notes on the decreases.  The cables themselves are pretty easy (using Barbara Walker’s second knitting treasury as source, and her advice that fisherman’s sweaters are vertical cable samplers—so this hat is just a cable sampler).

But first I’ve got another monster project  (scarf) to finish.  My goal is 60 rows a night, but I’ve only done 18 and then 24.  At 24 rows a night, I will finish by Christmas, but with no time to spare.

Diamond lace knitted in the round part 3

Okay, my previous post on this diamond lace pattern was all wrong. I read Barbara Walker’s third book, and there is a throwaway line that when you knit in the round you can just skip the extra stitches at either side of the repeat pattern. I also figured out charting knitting patterns, and indeed that is true, both on paper and in reality. I banged out a test little cap that fits Grace’s American Girl doll.

And charting has helped me to figure out how to be more methodical in reducing towards the top of this hat. Not sure how things will pan out as I complete rows 11 to 20, but we’ll see, hopefully soon.

diamond lace

figured out the stitch for diamond lace by screwing up on rows 15 through 19, then trying to fix it and failing, undoing it, writing it out, and finally getting it right last night. Here are my rough notes, I will fix them up when I get home and can read my correct notes

The basic theory is that you enter and exit the diamond in certain ways. Entering is done with k2tog (to decorate the edge and to make up for the stitch you are about to add) then yf (for the hole in the diamond pattern). Exiting is yf (the hole) then ss k psso (for the decorative edge and to make up for the added stitch.

The tricky bit is the rows with just one hole (start and stop of diamond, rows 1 and 9 if I remember right—1 has one hole, 3 has two holes, 5 has two holes farthest apart, 7 has two holes, 9 has one hole) are done with the exiting pattern, that is, yf ss k psso, not the k2tog yf pattern. And to reduce the 3 knit stitches in the middle of the diamond to one stitch in the next row (surrounded by holes) you have to both psso and k2tog, so you do yf (hole) ss k2tog psso (one stitch from three) yf (second hole).

The first go around I didn’t know what the stitches were doing, and just blindly tried to adjust a straight knitting pattern to knitting in the round. Now I get what the stitches are doing in the finished work, it makes sense and I can see what really needs to be done. I guess I am a knitting engineer now, not a slave to the directions. Not a knitting scientist, however.

I will post the correct pattern tonight when I can read my notes and get it right.