Friday, January 21, 2011

Kink, with a few Kinks

This is my finished Kink, not exactly as planned—what is?—but nevertheless I like it. For all of its nubby texture, it is incredibly light. However, for anyone planning to knit one, I need to caution about the pattern itself so that you won’t make the same mistake I did. This item is knitted from one end to another, like a scarf. The neckline side has a knitted-as-you-go I-cord; the right side is much larger due to short rows and has the points that you see in the photograph. My problem was with the instructions for the I-cord, and although I knew I was having trouble, I could not find information on line. I found cast-ons and bind-offs, and any number of instructions on the kind of I-cord that EZ used, in which you pick up stitches around a finished object and knit on an edge—one of my favorite finishes, by the way.

This pattern gave directions for working with regular knitting needles as follows:

Row 2 [RS]: K4, [slip these 4 sts back to left needle and knit them again] twice, k14, yo, k1, 20 sts.

These are the instructions I followed. What I came out with was an I-cord-looking edge that was not attached on the back. It rolled to the back just fine.

In another place on the pattern, these instructions were given for DPNs. I will admit to just glancing over them and not thinking much about them other than they wouldn’t be of much use to me since I didn’t have any size 10 DPNs:

In rows 2 and 10, you’re working an I-cord edging. If you prefer not to return stitches to the left needle to rework them, make your Kink with double-pointed needles and substitute the following for these rows:
Alternate row 2 and 10 [RS]: K4, [slide these 4 sts to right end of the right dpn. With a 3rd dpn and holding yarn snugly behind stitches, k the same 4 sts] twice, k14, yo, k1.

I still haven’t worked out what I did wrong, so if anyone has an answer, please tell me. Since I was working in bumpy handspun, which covers a world of sins, I blocked and then used a loose overcast stitch to anchor the edging on the inside. I am pleased with the result, but not with my failure to understand the directions.

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