Monday, December 9, 2013

This is not a baby hat

This is one of my few adult hats.  The pattern is "Alternating Twist", which is a [purl 2, knit 3, purl 1, knit 3] ribbing with a few stitches slipped two rows and then pulled across the ribs for the "twist" effect.  It's knitted on circular bamboo #8 needles, casting on 99 and knitting about 36 rows plus the decrease rows.  The yarn is Cascade Yarns Eco Duo, which is a blend of undyed baby alpaca and undyed merino.  It's a very pretty kind of gray with some variation.  What's confusing is that although it's called "undyed", it has a color and lot number, which correspond to the "Koala" color on their site.  So if it's not dyed, and it's not its natural color, what is it? 

Update: I went to Ravelry to look something up and decided to make this first post there, and in writing up what I thought was an error in the instructions, I realized I may have made an error in my implementation.

In the Vogue instructions, the Row 4 repeat ends with
wyib sl next 2 sts;
drop sl st off needle to front of work; 
sl same 2 sts back to LH needle; 
pick up dropped st and k it;
It doesn’t say what to do with those two stitches that you slipped and then put back on the LH needle. I assumed that they should be knit. However, my implementation doesn’t look very much like the Vogue picture. The Vogue picture looks kinda like this, giving the impression of a solid ribbon that twists around, but mine looks more a solid ribbon that never twists but occasionally does have a loose stitch pulled diagonally across. So maybe knitting those two dropped stitches isn’t the right thing, but following the instructions you still end up with them on the LH needle, so what are you supposed to do?

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