I know it’s Tuesday. I just didn’t think Master Knitter Tuesday sounded very good. Besides, this is just a continuation of yesterday’s post. 🙂
I knitted my swatch and blocked it yesterday. Yes, I even block my swatches when necessary. I avoid swatching (and blocking swatches, for that matter) as much as possible, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. This is certainly one of those times. I want no mistakes in this project!
I swatched in stockinette and then tried out a ‘twin rib’ pattern I was considering for the body. I’m extremely happy with how the stockinette looks and feels, so I think I’ll just stick with that for the body. I like the rib, but I like the stockinette better.
And I changed my mind and went with a 1×1 rib for the bottom band. I’m going to make a very simple vest, with no real shaping at the waist – not sure how I’ll do the neckline yet, but I’m pretty sure I want a V-neck. Even though it’ll be plain, it’s by no means an easy knit – to do right, that is. Stockinette and 1×1 rib are among the hardest things to knit with no tension problems. And they make any mistakes glaringly obvious. (Leave it to me to go the hard route!) I will have to knit with care.
I calculated my cast on numbers based on the size I want and my gauge from my stockinette swatch, and got started on the actual knitting late last night.
The rib is going slowly, because of the care I am taking to get the tension super-even. This is all I have so far:
But at least it’s a start!