There were several comments about corrugated ribbing.
Yes, it is evil, but yes, I love the way it looks. It is evil because it takes longer to do than regular ribbing because it is knitted in two colors. Because I am incredibly impatient and I’m not particularly fond of knitting regular ribbing, I think that corrugated ribbing is evil.Throw in the fact that one is working it in the round — well over 300 stitches per round. Evil.
There was a suggestion in the comments about working one color at a time — slipping the stitches that are worked in the second color, then going back to work them on the next round. You know what — I tried doing that on a past fair isle project. I timed myself — took almost exactly the same amount of time to do as working the ribbing in both colors on one round. And I didn’t like it.
And yes, I know I could Norwegian Purl, but I’m not overly fond of this technique and my knitting isn’t as even with it.
So, I’ll stick with working the corrugated ribbing as I do and I will continue to complain about it at will. It is my right.
Marjorie asked what cast-on I used for this project — I used a long-tail cast-on.
So. I am into the body of the sweater, therefore I am much happier. I’m using my 3.25mm Holz & Stein ebony circular, my favorite fair isle needle.
This sweater is a cardigan, so there is a front steek.
A bonus of knitting a fair isle cardigan — the color changes are done at the center front, in the middle of the steek No weaving in of pesky ends on the body of the sweater.
As you can see, I’ve got white stitch markers marking the front steek.
Black stitch markers mark the “side seam” stitches.
And red stitch markers mark out each pattern repeat (which is 36 stitches).
I am a vision of organization and preparedness.
Here, for Mary, a picture of some of my stash enhancement from my Richmond trip:
Halcyon Gemstones Silk, sportweight, purchased from The Yarn Lounge.
By the way, did I mention that I was on a mission to try many different sock yarns?
(L-B, forgive me for posting this.) This is Sock Hop handspun sock yarn in the “Wild Thing” colorway. Purchased from Crown Mountain Farms. The extent of my passion for this yarn cannot be adequately expressed in words.
Speaking of socks, I am working on my second Black Violet sock.
“Fine, just keep it down, will ya?”