It made me smile to read your comments about how fast I am knitting this project because I have barely had time to knit the past few days, so I think it is going very slowly. I always make much more progress over weekends, though, so I live in hope.
Today, instead of simply posting a photo of my progress since my last blog post, I thought I’d give you a guided tour of the stitch patterns used in this design.
But first, the photo of my progress.
It starts with a moss stitch, the “filler” that I am using at each side.
An interesting discussion of what moss stitch is can be found here. I am knitting the bottom pattern, which is called American Moss Stitch on that site. The top pattern there that is referred to as British Moss Stitch is what I call Seed Stitch.
To make seaming a bit easier, I am keeping the last stitch on the edge stockinette.
My “separator” cable is a braid.
I love braided cables. Heck, I just love braids. I’ll braid my hair, braid bread dough, braid cables . . .
This cable has a single knit stitch on each side of it, just to set it out a bit more.
The side panels are a knotted twisty cable.
I got this one from a stitch dictionary somewhere but don’t ask me where. I fiddled with so many cables and adjusted some here and there that I don’t remember.
This one sort of has a braided bit in the middle (I did mention how much I love braids, right?) so that makes me happy. It looks complex but is pretty easy to memorize.
The center panel is my own creation (although I’m sure someone else has invented it sometime along the way — I know there are many similar things out there).
It’s an inter-woven mass that (to me at least) is a little more complex to work than the side panels, but looks less complex, so there’s a weird anomaly for you. It’s only an 8-row repeat (while the side panels are 16-row repeats) and there’s a lot going on in those 8 rows. I wanted something wide for the center that looked a little smoother and flowy, if you will, to off-set the complex twisty-ness of the side panels.
I think I’ve achieved a nice balance here. It satisfies me at any rate.
Lucy is still thinking about it.