As I’ve mentioned, I am making my lacy cardi with ties at the front, rather than buttons. Here’s what I did:
When I was casting off the front band, I left three “live” stitches at the beginning of the v-neck on each side, thusly:
(Sorry about the over-exposed picture!)
To do this you simply cast off until you reach the point where you want your live stitches, work across those stitches, put them on a holder, then resume casting off.
Next, I put the three stitches on a dpn and commenced making an i-cord.
Quickie lesson on how to make an i-cord, for the uninitiated:
Using two dpns, knit across the stitches, then slide the work to the other end of the needle. Do not turn the work, but knit the stitches again pulling the yarn over from the other end of the work. Continue on in this manner, sliding the work to the opposite end of the needle after each row, until you have the desired length.
So there you have it: ties for your cardi!
I did finish the first sleeve on my commute today.
So all that’s left is one sleeve.
And to sew the sucker up.
I’m wondering how you are going to deal with the lace edging when it’s time to sew up the seams. There’s a couple of spots where you will be joining lace to lace (the end of the sleeves, for instance.) Can this be done unobtrusively, i.e. without a wavy or otherwise funny-looking seam?
I’m planning on mattress-stitching the lace together and forsee no problems (famous last words). The way the sweater is constructed is that I knit the lace edging first, then pick up stitches along the straight edge and knit up from there (so the stitches of the lace are at a right angle to the stitches of the body). I started and ended each strip of lace with a plain knit row, so I will have matching plain edges to seam together.
All Lucy All the Time
I always enjoy the shot of your cat at the end of each post! Are you taking pictures of her every day?
Thank you! I do take photos of poor Lucy every day. I’m surprised she doesn’t run and hide when she sees me approaching, camera in hand. I guess she’s a supermodel at heart and secretly relishes the limelight.
Can’t wait for your book. But the biggest question is: Will Lucy be in the book?
And thank you! Lucy will make an appearance once or twice. She has already requested that her royalties be paid in Fancy Feast and catnip.
And please, give us the real secret. How do you mix daily life with a chocolate cat and a white sweater?
Two words: clothes brush.
Actually, Lucy does not shed very much. Right now she’s getting rid of her winter coat, so the shedding is at its worst. But it’s still not too bad. Lucy gets brushed around four times a week, and that gets rid of a lot of her loose fur. Fortunately, she loves getting brushed.
A couple of you mentioned that your cats have a penchant for lying on electronics. Lucy lies on my scanner when I’m at the computer — she just wants to be close to Mommy.
But one of my dear departed cats, Tristan, (who you can see helping me block a shawl here) loved to lie on the VCR.
I remember years ago when the movie “A Passage to India” was playing on HBO, I wanted to tape it. It always seemed to be on when I wasn’t home. Every time I programmed the VCR to tape, Tristan de-programmed it by randomly pressing the VCR buttons with his paws. This happened 4 or 5 times. Once I even taped a cardboard box over the VCR to protect the programming, but Tristan chewed through the box and once again de-programmed.
I recently bought “A Passage to India” on DVD.
Aside: I’ve never met a David Lean film that I didn’t love. I have most of his films that are available on DVD. I wish they’d hurry up and release the rest of them. My VHS tape of “This Happy Breed” is decidedly crappy quality!