My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

I’ve been bleating on about Dungarvan over the past couple of weeks. Today I realized that I have barely mentioned my side filler stitch: seed stitch.

aran030206 Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

I bow my head in shame, for I am a big fan of the seed stitch. For some reason, knitting seed stitch doesn’t piss me off nearly as much as knitting ribbing does. I wonder why that is? Both patterns involve knitting 1 and purling 1 over and over on every row, but there’s something about offsetting it by 1 to turn plain ol’ 1×1 ribbing into seed stitch that makes me inexplicably happy.

Clearly, I am easily entertained and no doubt I need to get out more.

Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran makes a lovely seed stitch fabric. It’s thick and squishy and sproingy.

I’m still loving the Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran. However, it is a tad hard on the hands. I have a “yarn burn” on the side of my left hand ring finger. It appeared several days ago, angry and red, but it now seems to be settling down into a callous and causes me no pain.

Does this make me a grizzled old knitter?

Someone asked in the comments about avoiding repetitive stress injuries while knitting. While I do a lot of knitting, I almost never have problems with this. Possibly because I’m constantly putting the knitting down and picking it up. Like at least once every one or two rows. If I’m at work, knitting during lunch, I’m mutli-tasking — reading a book, answering email, answering the phone — while I knit. If I’m at home I’m pretty much multitasking as well — petting Lucy, surfing the internet, getting up to do something during tv commercials — while knitting.

Anyhow, here is the progress on the right side front.

aran030206a Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

Full Disclosure

Did I happen to mention that I purchased (also from Knit Happens) 14 skeins of the Rowan Scottish Tweed DK in Lavender? (The color in my pic is somewhat off.)

dk030206 Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

And 20 skeins of the Rowan Scottish Tweed 4 Ply in Skye?

4ply030206 Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

More Full Disclosure

I have not knitted on Teal Hogget since I started Dungarvan. I have only half a sleeve and the finishing left to do on Teal Hogget. This is why I really should stick to being a “one-at-a-time” knitter.

Although I received it a week ago, I have not sewed the zipper in the Bolero Jacket.

While I’m at it with the full disclosure thing, I’ve not vacuumed in ages either.

Lucy doesn’t mind about that — she hates the vacuum cleaner.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Here’s what I had for lunch today at the National Gallery of Art Cascade Cafe:

lunch030206 Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

I love my new camera phone!

P.S. to Zeppelin

Lucy sez:

lucy030206 Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

I love my new hat!

lucy030206a Mmmmmmm! Seed Stitchy Goodness!

I’m gonna wear my sassy new bandanna too at my next party!

I’m Here to Confuse You

With regard to my blathering about aran gauge yesterday, celtic knitter commented:
Ok, but wait . . . I’m missing something. If the different types of stitch patterns all swatch differently, do you have to add or subtract stitches when you move to a new pattern. For example, if the trinity stitch is 5sts=4″ and the stockinette is 7sts=4″ . . . then do you have to add more stitches when you go to trinity stitch so that the pattern looks even?? Am I making sense?
I’m thinking about making one of these sweaters and I’ve been wondering about this.

Clearly I wasn’t very clear yesterday, was I? Sorry about that! It made perfect sense inside my head . . .

I knit a swatch of each of my different stitch patterns. For the big cable, I actually knitted a swatch with the smaller cables flanking it, and measured across that. Say that measures 6 inches across and say that it’s a total of 40 stitches.

I knit a swatch of Trinity Stitch, I get 16 stitches to 3 inches in Trinity Stitch.

I knit a swatch of Seed Stitch. I get 5 stitches/inch in Seed Stitch.

So. I want a center panel of 6 inches of Trinity Stitch, flanked by my big cable with accompanying side cables on either side. That’s a total of 18 inches across. Say I want a sweater that has a chest measurement of 40 inches. I want the front to be a tad more than 20 inches (allowing for seams), so I add 6 stitches worth of Seed Stitch on each side of the sweater — that’s a tad more than an inch on each side.

So my pattern goes:

A bit more than an inch of Seed Stitch (which is 6 stitches), 6 inches of cable extravaganza (which is 40 stitches), 6 inches of Trinity Stitch (which is 32 stitches), 6 inches of cable extravaganza (which is 40 stitches), and a bit more than an inch of Seed Stitch (which is 6 stitches).

(Don’t count on these numbers to be accurate for Dungarvan — I’m just making them up here for the purposes of illustration).

So if I can add properly, that’s a total of 124 stitches across the front of the sweater for the pattern stitches.

So. Anyhow. Here’s the left front:

aran030106 Im Here to Confuse You

Lucy Sez

lucy030106 Im Here to Confuse You

Would you get that damned camera outta my face? Sheesh!