At the moment, I am not knitting linen stitch — I’ve just started the lace portion of the front of this sweater.
I’ve got the back done.
It is an extremely simple lace stitch, and lace is worked on every row. For some reason, this throws me — several times I found myself mindlessly purling back instead of working the purl-side lace pattern. It’s just a matter of paying attention. Or rather, not paying attention.
Once I get the front completed, I think I will go ahead and do whatever blocking I deem necessary (and I don’t think it will be much) and join the front and back and do the neckband before I do the sleeves. I like to get as much finishing done as possible on a sweater before starting the sleeves. Just a mind game I play with myself. Then when I finish the first sleeve I go ahead and set it in the armhole. Then when I finish the second sleeve, the only finishing I have to do is setting in that sleeve, and the sweater is done.
I find if I leave all the finishing to complete after the knitting, I drag my feet.
I said I don’t think this sweater will require much blocking. Linen stitch makes a nice sturdy fabric that does not stretch or sag (making it a great choice for a cotton sweater, which has a tendency to sag). It also does not need a lot of blocking. I think the most I will do is lightly steam the lace portion and the edges of the armholes.
By Sunday’s blog entry, I should be sleeve knitting.
And then I get to play with this:
The new Solid Series from The Loopy Ewe. Woo-hoo!
Lucy plans on playing with her fuzzy rat.