Wool in my soup

I am a 67 year-old grandmother living on Vancouver Island. I have crocheted, cross-stitched and rug hooked, but I always had yarn on needles. Recently knitting has become my primary hobby!

Location: Canada

Friday, May 25, 2007

Rib Warmer #6!This is the 6th Rib Warmer I have knit so far. I say so far, as I have #7 on the needles. Apparently these vests are big sellers at bizarres. I can see why, as they need little help in the way of sizing. I am making one for my daughter at the moment and it will be longer and a bit wider, but with the simplicity of this pattern, that is not a problem. It could also be knit for men!

I bought Elizabeth Zimmermann's 'Knitting Workshop" and it has the Rib Warmer pattern in it. However, I started knitting the vest from a pamphlet I bought from Schoolhouse Press and it has more details on the rib warmer than are in the book. In the book, they do not tell you how you can knit the two sides (I pick up the live stitches at the neck) and then join them together at the start of the second half of the second turn and knit up the back. That is a real shame, as it makes for no seaming, as I also bind of the back to the shoulder and back neck seam with a three needle bind off - or a variation of it.

Instead of three needles, I knit through the stitch on the 'back', then knit into the stitch of the shoulder or neck seam and knit these two together and then with the stitch I already have on the right needle, I pass the stitch to the right over the left and then do the k into st on left needle; k into stitch on shoulder/neck seam and k these together and so on. You can see I really do not know how to write a pattern, but experience has taught me easier ways to do things. I am seeing more knitters slipping the first stitch on the left needle as if to purl and then knit across row. This makes a nice 'chain' finish and also when I do the 'seam' across the back/shoulder, it is so much easier to pick up the stitches! Now, that should all be as clear as mud!!

That would be an interesting discussions - things I have learned from my time knitting that make many procedures easier! I know I learn something from one pattern that I use in another and so on!

After knitting all these vests, sure hope the family likes them!


Blogger Lisa said...

Man - you are keeping yourself very busy these days!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

This vest is on my 'definitely' list! Love them.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Nan - said...

I found my comment - it was on Dec. 8 about animal tracks. I guess I just read the one about gingerbread. :<)

2:59 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I enjoy the vests, anything that is cleverly constructed yet simple catches my attention! Nicely done.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

As you know, I fell in love this pattern, Peg,once I saw how beautifully you had made it. Then I got your wonderful gift of EZ's book and couldn't wait to start. However, I would welcome some more detail from you on what the pamphlet has that the book doesn't, so I can go your way, and knit without seams - what bliss!

6:51 AM  

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