Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Move Along, People...

...nothing to see here. Return to your homes...

{Is she gone yet? The KG, I mean?}


The body of the Kochoran Scoop is done. I even picked up and knitted the collar. That was a little tricky. Since the diameter of the opening got smaller as the ribbing got longer, I had to do something to prevent the ribbing from flopping over as it grew. I did the collar in 2 x 2 ribbing, and I didn't want to decrease part way through and change the look of the ribbing. Instead, in the bind off row, I purled two together for each purl rib as I bound off. This pulled the ribbing together and seems to be preventing the flopping, but I won't really know until it's blocked. I have accepted that I may need to redo the bind off if the collar relaxes too much after washing.

I am expecting quite a bit of change after washing. I used Kochoran for a sweater coat I made, and the fabric changed dramatically when I washed it. It became much, much drapier and looser, and the coat grew more than four inches in length, as did the sleeves! To prevent such a huge change with The Scoop, I worked at a tighter gauge and also made the entire sweater shorter and more fitted than I ordinarily would. I am hoping this will not backfire on me. I will be really annoyed if this doesn't relax after washing. It fits now, but it's pretty snug, and about a inch or so shorter than I want it to end up. I think this will result in a post-washing sweater that fits perfectly, but it's still a gamble.

I'm working the first sleeve now (picked up and knitted down in the round, natch!), so I should be done with this in a few days. Good thing: since I've discovered the destash group on Ravelry, the stash is going to need its own zip code soon.

12 comments:

Tracy said...

Your (fill in the blank so as not to invoke you-know-who) looks GREAT!

Good thinking on the ribs and other things. ;-)

lilibethsgarden said...

That's looking good, but it sort of reminds me of a scooped neck vest I'm working on that I think will be too bulky around my waste, and I see the nice shaping here, and I already frogged it once and am about 75% done the second time around and well....argh!

I'm happy for yours though, it looks perfect!

marit said...

How do you do that??? Knit so fast? (or is it to avoid the KG-you knit so fast she can't follow you...?) It looks great! Love the colours.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

God this is too weird--this morning I was wondering "..gee I wonder if Suzanne ever did anything with that Kochoran...". Too funny!

Kim said...

What a clever solution to the flopping ribbing issue. If the yarn grew with blockign last itme, then it will this time. Don't get paranoid. :)

Stephanie said...

I love the colors of it. I hope it works out for you after washing. I have a question for you though... how much time a day do you spend knitting. It seems you fly through projects, although that could be my imagination.

CatBookMom said...

Beautiful! The ribbing looks perfect.

melissaknits said...

Kocheron goes POOF! (there's a whole facial expression with flapping hands that goes with that...). I can't wait to knit up mine.

Fibra Artysta said...

I'm totally digging the colors on this, very pretty!

Knitman said...

Great colours. How do you knit so fast? Are you bed bound and therefore you knit 20 hrs a day?

Karen said...

Looks great so far. I hope it grows when you wash and block it. That's the first time I have ever said that to a knitter!

Haley said...

this is looking lovely!