Just to dispel any misconceptions…

Well, the cashmere double-twist loop is back to its original state (a misshapen ball of four strands of cashmere held together). Despite the fact that it had been knit up for close to half a year, when ripped the yarn wasn’t as kinked up as I might have expected. Could it be the fibre, or all the oil in it?

When I got to the last (first) two rows, I saw that I had even used that trick for avoiding twists when joining in the round. You know the one where you work the first bit flat, and then join in the round? In theory, because you have a few rows of fabric flapping off your circular needle, you’ll be able to see whether you have an inadvertent twist or two when you join for working in the round.

Yeah, well, here’s a hint: work more than two rows flat before joining in the round. Also, consider using a long enough circular needle so that your stitches aren’t crammed together so tightly you can’t distinguish twists from ruffling. I think I had 40+ inches’ worth of stitches in aran weight packed onto a 24 inch circular, so the cast-on edge ruffled up and down, and I missed the place where it ruffled all the way around the needle’s cable the two rows I had worked didn’t stick out far enough to be obvious.

Andrea (in the comments in the last post) took comfort from that flub. Uh, I also have this one hanging around:

(the fabric is not my bedsheet, it’s cotton voile from Emma One Sock)

I think this one predates the cashmere. It was supposed to be ribbing for a hat. After I noticed the twist, I decided to keep going and steek it (just the ribbing, not the whole hat) because it was too big, anyway.

(Also, Rachel, on the mismatch between a bottom-up body and top-down sleeves: well, it doesn’t bother me… it may depend on the stitch pattern, but it doesn’t seem to be glaringly obvious here. I think it bothers me more with colourwork.)

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2 Responses to Just to dispel any misconceptions…

  1. Kaiti says:

    I agree with Emma – I’d love to know your thoughts on some of the new online knitting magazines…

    The anti-spam word is “caston” so I just have to share my story. I followed the advice to knit several rows before joining in the round, but your advice to use a long enough circular needle never occurred to me. It was dark, I was tired, and there were way too many stitches… I joined just fine, but later that row I managed to twist my work between stitches and ended up with the bottom hem going through the middle of my work. And then I knit for several inches before noticing!

  2. If it will fit over your head and around your neck well enough, you could just carry on with it for a few more inches cast it off and call it a cowl.

    I remember you posting some interesting thoughts about online knitting magazines a few years back. It would be great to hear what you think about the new crop that are appearing at the moment.