Monday, March 12, 2007

I bought VKB No. 13 yesterday, autumn 1938. I paid a lot, as I now expect to do for a pre-war issue. (For months and months, there were no VKB’s on offer of interest to me – suddenly, they’re as common as mail-order catalogues.)

The sale closed at 16:02 or something like that. I was so wrung-out when it was over that I didn’t even want to go back and watch the end of the match between England and France. It was a good one, but I couldn’t take any more excitement. England won.


I surprised myself by finishing the loose-ending and grafting last night. The Calcutta Cup ’06 sweater is done except for blocking, which I hope to accomplish this morning.

Rosesmama, here’s a rather blurry image of the raglan shaping. I kept one stitch from the sleeve and one from the body in the background colour (whatever it happened to be) on every round. After joining body and sleeves, I knit about an inch straight, which was a mistake. I then decreased every other round, one stitch on each side of each raglan line, eight stitches in all eliminated on every decrease round.

Until the whole thing was so long it was time to stop, and get rid of the rest of the stitches in the neck border.

And, yes, isn’t Eunny's sweater absolutely wonderful? I meant to say so yesterday. Presumably we’ll see more of it in Jamieson’s Shetland Knitting Book 4. I can’t wait. Like you, I couldn’t possibly wear it, and wouldn’t trust myself to get the fit for a daughter or daughter-in-law who could: but I can still gasp in admiration. Interesting that she steeked that whole neckline.

I was very interested, too, in what you said about knitting socks-within-socks and the famous passage in War and Peace. I think I read somewhere once that no one could figure out how the fictional character did it – but now we know that you could and did.

Jean, the instructions in VKB No. 2 achieve a lined baby sweater by alternating wools as well as stitches: 1st row: in white, knit 1, bring wool to front of needle, slip 1, bring wool across front of slipped stitch to back to needle. Repeat throughout row. 2nd row, using pink but still on the right side of the work so you must have slipped the stitches back to the beginning of a dp needle, Slip the stitch knitted in the previous row, bring wool to front of needle, purl the stitch slipped in the previous row, bring wool to back to needle. The 3rd and 4th rows are done from the wrong side. In the 3rd you’re purling the white stitches, and in the 4th, knitting the pink ones. Clear as mud?

Maralyn and Tamar, thanks for bringing me up to speed on “URL”. I live quietly, and don’t talk to people who have need to mention such things, so it all goes on in my head. I have always said “earl” to myself, and so of course I wrote “an URL”. Alexander moves somewhat more in the real world, and was clearly right to pick me up on it.

Lene, if you’re still here, I really like your striped sweater. That ribbing at the side looks like a good idea. Do you have a formula for how much to put in?


  1. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Oh, the seam melds together very nicely. I am a long way off from knitting a fair isle with sleeves, but I will squirrel this information away for the future, Thank you.


  2. Anonymous2:47 PM

    Your sweater is purely inspirational. I think it will be a long time before my life is quiet enough to attempt something that requires paying close attention. I can dream though.

  3. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Thanks for showing us that beautiful sweater. I find the tradional drop shoulder design not very flattering on my tubby body. I am interested in doing one like yours but from the top down. You have given me the encouragement.

  4. Anonymous3:09 PM

    Aha it makes sense now. No slipping of stitches back, but taking two passes to get both colours to the other end of the needle, since with the first row you are knitting with the first colour, and leaving the other one behind. So the yarn would close up the edges and make it tubular. Thanks for the explanation: I can visualise it now, so I will pass on trying it out!

  5. Oh, I so absolutely love your Calcutta Cup Sweater. It is so lovely, and the colours are just excellent - the lucky recipient surely must have done something to please you greatly :-)

    Thankyou for the comment on the striped sweater! It is really very simple, and I did not even do a swatch for it as it was knitted top-down. The ribbing on the sides makes it hold in a little because I am quite busty and have a big, ehm, behind. I did not use a formula, but just aimed for around 15 cm (6") of ribbing, by eyeballing my gauge. I had to rip it out twice, but nobody can see it in the finished product anyways :-)

    And yes, I am still here for a little while - we will be picked up at 2.30 AM. GLUB. No reason to go to bed!