Be sure to check out the link up and share the yarn you’ll be using for your Stained Glass Cowl – you can find the link on Judy’s blog post here , where she is still undecided as to what yarn she will use. 🙂
***IMPORTANT*** The “Chart Key” for the color work charts is REVERSED. I thought it looked wrong and checked the comments on Ravelry. The designer did say a revision was going to be released but apparently that hasn’t happened yet. So on the chart key the “black” square symbol is your background color (black or whatever solid looking color) and the “blank” square is your “pretty” color.
I will be using these. Both are Wollmeise Pure . The dark bluey/almost black (my background) is Admiral.
My foreground is Sultan. Last night I was bored with my sweater and I thought I’d try the provisional cast on just to see if I could do it without twisting. The needles I found that were the correct size were only 24″ long. There’s a reason the designer suggested a longer needle size. LOL I did get all the stitches on a 24″needle but they would have been packed on too tightly to really want to knit the whole cowl on. I thought I had ordered needles long ago but all the newest ones I had gotten were still in my basket and no size 3 mm. So I ordered two new needles so I’ll be all ready. I also ordered….
….well may times I don’t bother with stitch markers and “live dangerously” but not this time. With as many stitches on the needles as there will be I will be using stitch markers to mark each pattern repeat. I’d much rather realize I had run amok within one repeat rather than when I get to the end of around and my pattern is off.
I had gathered up all my stitch markers when I did my test run of the provisional cast on and had about four different kinds I used in order to get enough of them. However, over time I have decided that I like a particular kind of stitch marker. I don’t really like the dangly down ones (although I bought many lovely glass ones before I realized that). Those particular ones are on a very thin plasticy kind of thread and it’s too easy for me to knit them right in to my work without realizing I’ve just gone past a marker. But TLE just got in the Knitifacts Ringlets I love so I’ve stocked up on those as well.
Oh, and this morning while I was cleaning out a drawer, I found the wrapper for a pair of 3mm 32″ needles — I knew I had bought some! Oh well – I need at least two sets so I’ll put the ones I ordered to good use.
As for my first provisional cast on — there are links at the end of the pattern to two different kinds and I have used both in the past and I think it’s just a matter of personal preference. My general cast on for pretty much everything I don’t use a tubular cast on for is a long tail cast on. I hadn’t done a crocheted one in a while so that was the one I tested the shorter needles with – and it was fine. But I know from past experience that I can do the long-tail provisional cast on more quickly and easily and its easier for me to tell if it’s twisted or not before joining. Again – just my personal preference. Using a longer needle also helps when you are joining in the round – you can spread out your stitches more and see if they are twisted or not – when I had them scrunched up on that small needle it was impossible to tell.
I am looking forward to starting this project and using my favorite way to do stranded knitting without floats across the back. I learned watching this video on The Philosopher’s Wool website. I’ve posted the link before but it totally changed my dislike of color work to loving to do it. And being able to knit it with one color in each hand keeps things from getting tangled. I used this method to make this cowl.
I have to laugh when I rewatched the video and she’s showing right-handed knitters how their left finger might not want to cooperate at first. Mine was definitely like that but just a little concentrated practice and I corrected that.
Okay – enough rambling about this project for today – I have a quilt binding I have to finish on my last Camp Loopy project before I run out of time. The end of the month, and end of this year’s Camp Loopy, is fast approaching.