Oh yes! I am very good!
April 11, 2010 § 3 Comments
So, double knitting.
I’ve expressed my incredible delight before, and I will again today, because I figured out a pretty way to bind off all by myself. You know, without any icky dots whatsoever, to match my cast-on, to look good as a contrast-colored border… to quote the Doctor, I am VERY good!
Boy, I just love feeling smart. I love knitting. And I love when knitting makes me feel smart.
Granted, it took me about 20 minutes to knit the first row of BITCH, because I had to backtrack about six times, but hey.
Anyway. The project I’ve been double-knitting this weekend is a pair of potholders that I’d been planning for a long time.
And because double knitting is awesome like that, the backsides look like this:
(Rico Design Creative Cotton Aran, nougat and pistacio, 3.5mm bamboo circs)
I’d thought about working them in a way where both sides said the word the right way around, but then I wouldn’t have been able to contrast the two of them, plus I would’ve had the hassle of making up a chart and actually having to concentrate more than TV knitting should require. So color-wise, the two potholders are mirrors of each other – you can read the JERK in green because Dean’s eyes are green, you can read BITCH in brown because that’s Sam’s eyecolor. At least this time around, there’s no purple in there anywhere.
Either way, I cast them on with a technique I found via practical application of google-fu, namely here, where you cast on however many stitches you want on one side (plus two edge stitches) with the CC, and then on the first row, knit through the front of the loop with the MC and, without slipping the st from the needle, purl through the back of the stitch with the CC. Prettiest first row in the universe.
Now, at that Stitchdiva site, they had a matching cast-off, but I didn’t like it for one big reason: there were icky spots. The cast-on was so nice and clean, a contrast border on one side and just a tidy cast-on on the other, the works. I wanted a clean look on both sides for the cast-off too, and after some (okay, a lot) of trying, tinking back, knitting another row, tinking that back too, breaking my fingers trying to slip-slip-purl… I realized I was making it more complicated than it was.
So I took a deep breath, broke the MC, worked an entire row just with the CC on both sides, slipped the edge stitch, and then bound off via ssk-ing two stitches together, and pulling the right st on the right needle over the left.
The result? – on the left is the cast-on, on the right the bind-off. It’s as close to a perfect match as I could’ve imagined.
Now all I have to do is find my darning needle to weave the ends in.