I was right, I think. Judy’s Magic Cast-On is cousin german to the cat’s-cradle provisional cast-on, which yesterday I found easy-peasy. I have made a bold start on the mitered cardigan, and am half-way around the first corner. I’ll show you tomorrow.
Thank you for that most interesting and helpful comment, Catmum. I immediately ordered “Beyond Toes”, which will have to come from the
because Amazon.co.uk doesn’t
have it. [I think it is terribly clever of Amazon to be able to recognise me
and factor in international postage wherever I go. I have even ordered
occasionally from Amazon.fr, feeling very grown-up.] US
And your comment raises another question. I found myself coming over all princess-and-pea yesterday, having to use a metal circular after months of beloved KnitPro cubics (the same as KnitPicks, I’m pretty sure). I have never had a set of interchangeable circulars. What do you think of yours? Do they fall apart? How smooth is the join?
I was all set yesterday to order a single KnitPro circular from Meadow Yarn. I hesitated for the fairly absurd reason that the pattern says I may need a different needle for the st st part, without saying whether it would have to be larger or smaller. I feel very ignorant. I didn’t even know st st and garter st tended to have different stitch gauges. I know about the difference in row gauge, of course.
But if you (and others) are enthusiastic about the set, I’ll solve the problem by going for that. Ravelry isn’t much help although there are user groups for KnitPro/Knit Picks fans, some of whom have the set; that’s an encouraging start. Individual KnitPro circulars boast of the smoothness of the join.
I’m telling this story the wrong way around. I have plunged into the mitered cardigan with a reckless disregard of size and gauge. Glover is very prescriptive – get 6 sts to the inch, or die. Now I discover that there is an entire double-page spread, 102-3, devoted to a much more EZ kind of sizing: X=W times gauge, where W is the width of the garter stitch strip. That sort of thing.
I think I will do some measuring and calculating this morning, just to see what I’ve let myself in for. This is the yarn I used for my husband’s v-neck sleeveless earlier this year. I have not only kept the swatch, but also a note of what size needle I used. I had a little bit forgotten, in all these months of socks, how wonderful madelinetosh is.
Of socks, by the way: kristieinBC has knit arother pair of Longitudinals – gorgeous. I’m going to have to attempt them one day soon.
Internet connectivity has suddenly deserted me. I must go struggle with that problem. If you’re reading this, I must have succeeded.