Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Knitting café with a new idea

The scarf now measures 49 cm which is about three times as much as in the picture on Monday. When I showed it at the knitting café and explained how it was supposed to be knit in halves and then grafted together, someone suggested that I pick up stitches when the first half is completed, and go on knitting the second half from there. Maybe I should do that to avoid the grafting. Any ideas as to why not? Or is the grafting there just for practise?


I brought my Domiknitrix book around to the café. I believe everybody there had a look in it and were amazed at the Devil and the Mohawk etc. Some people noted the name of the book and the address of the web site.

2 comments:

Alma said...

If you unpick the cast-on stitches as instructed I don't really see why you could not "just" continue knitting from those.
But I'm pretty certain she has a very good reason for doing it the way she does.
You could try a small test-knit to see what it looks like?
During the first Elfin I had many moments of wondering why something was done in a certain way - until it was done. There was a very good reason for everything.
She knows her stuff! :-)

domiknitrix said...

Hello, DomiKNITrix here.

For the Thin Mint scarf, picking up from the cast on row and knitting the second half right on is a perfectly good way to do it, and possibly the way the pattern read before the tech editor got her hands on it. ;-) I guess it's a toss-up whether more knitters hate picking up stitches or grafting.

In fact, I made one this way myself, and didn't even pick out the cast on row before I did. I just picked up the stitches in the row after the cast on and went for it.

Doing it that way will make the project a little heavier to carry around as you finish the second half, but if you really want to avoid the grafting, go for it!