so it took half a day to knit a decent border that doesn’t choke me…
it has a picot edge, this looks nice, it prevents rolling that stockinette does and concentrates the location where a knitted garment receives its wear: right at the edge. The little bumps will not wear easy and receives the majority of the wear.
first you knit a stockinette piece. Than for one row you knit two stitches together followed by a yarn over. This will be the folding line. Than you knit another piece of stockinette.
then you knit the last knitted row together with the cast-on row. This will fold the knitted piece double. You can see this in progress on the bottom of the picture. It is why I used a provisional cast-on, btw.
(on all these pictures you see my felted skirt! It receives a lot of wear too, it’s a delightful piece. It’s Merino roving on woolen chiffon -have you ever heard of such a thing? it’s wonderfully soft and warm!- near my knees is a thrifted silk scarf, it provides colour and texture.)
Here you see the picot edge. And a knitted on swatch in the white wool I’m planning to use for the part that will not touch my skin. It’s Swedish wool and not particularly soft.
of course I ran into problems….
My collar needed quiet fewer stitches than the pattern I’m following (and have already changed from a bottom up cardigan to a top down pullover)
So I just started increasing. But I did not increase enough…. even if this nicely composed picture suggested knitting heaven:
see, the sides do not flare up enough. Normal shoulders go more horizontal. I’m fudging and changing and ‘smokkeling’ to get this right. I SHOULD rip it out and knit it properly but this is already 12 hours worth of work and I stubbornly believe I can fix it. This is a well know knitters hope against experience….
still I’m knitting on, forced to change the colour work alltogether and placing increases where the pattern never imagined them. Basically I am reinventing this whole sweater. Again.
In the mean time:
Yesterday I did not knit on it and today I did two installments. My mental faculties must be returning because I made no mistakes. It is a pleasant knit.