Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Friday, June 06, 2008

Twisting in Lilac Mist Finished

This was a super fun knit.

I got to knit an easy, soft, non-splitting yarn with a pretty Barbara Walker stitch pattern up the center of the front and back. Best of all, no sewing and short sleeves.

The sleeves are knit top down on picked up stitches using Barbara Walker's short row method. They knit up very quick - one sleeve per one evening's knitting.

When knitting without a pattern, the square neckline is super simple. No neck shaping.

Figure out what part of the pattern needs to be on the very top and do a little math to get that row about four inches down from the shoulder seam. (The math will be to determine where you need to start the armhole.)

Once you get there, put the center stitches on a holder and knit straight up each side to the shoulder seam.

The back panel ended about an inch below the shoulder seams.

This twisted stitch pattern had a three inch repeat, so it was easy to end the back three inches higher than the front with both front and back twist stitch panels ending on the same row.

Pattern: The twist stitch center panel is from the third Barbara Walker Treasury - Three Diamonds flanked by Braid X. The rest I'm making up as I go along.

Yarn: Knitpicks Comfy, Worsted weight. 75% Pima cotton, 25% acrylic.

Color: Lilac Mist.

Needles: Options #4

Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch, 8 rows/inch.

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