Michelle has 10″ of knitting on her Llama II sweater. Then she works a minimal neckline and she is done. That’s a good thing considering that this morning was almost sweater worthy. Michelle said this is an easy knit and you can learn the short rows quickly. Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers, Extra (Aran: 55% Alpaca, 45% Merino, 218 yards) on the top and the Royal Alpaca (Worsted: 100% Alpaca, 220 yards) on the bottom.
Next she tried her hand at casting on for a toe-up sock with Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on. She hadn’t knit a sock in a couple of months and was pleased that after a couple of tries she got it on her own. The yarn is Meadowcroft Cross Creek Sock (Fingering: 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 468 yards).
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Now Randy‘s revisiting Pietra in Berroco Ultra Alpaca (Worsted: 50% Wool, 50% Alpaca, 215 yards).
There was a section in the pattern involving short rows that was very confusing. We puzzled over it for a while. While explaining it to Danni for a second opinion, we realized that the sweater is knit side to side. That illuminated everything.
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Karin joined us for the first time. She is knitting the Shale Baby Blanket for a friend who had her baby early! There were two stitches she wanted to get help with, a wrapped eyelet stitch and ssssk. (No, I didn’t hold my finger down on the “s” key, that’s the stitch abbreviation.)
Another method is to wrap your yarn around the needle the number of times = number of stitches, then add a margin of error. Make your slip knot and cast on.