Thursday, April 28, 2005

If you Tink Backwards, are you Knitting again???

Okay, I've knit the last 17 rows of this scarf four times now, and I'm having a dense moment (we'll be generous and call it just that one moment, as opposed to the more truthful "era")

This is the beginning of the scarf, which I still like very much. It's the gazebo lace from Knitting on the Edge. See how it has that pretty double decrease that makes almost a little braid, and how the lace slants up towards it?

Well, way down there, at the other end...

I want it to do the opposite. That is, look like this...

... of course, to do this, I need a double decrease that causes the stitches to then slant away from that cool center...

And I can't for the life of me figure out what that would be. What I did to begin with was S-k2tog-PSSO... and my mind is telling me that clearly the opposite of this would be PSSO-k2tog-S... yeah. Would it be k2tog-move to left-ssk??? Is that even a decrease?

I've done these last rows so many times I got tired of turning to tink, and started tinking backwards, and then errupted into a giggling fit fueled by exhaustion, because I figured tink backwards is knit.... (to the 4 non-knitters who read this: when you take out your knitting one stitch at a time, we call it tinking because K-N-I-T backwards is T-I-N-K)

I've decided to distance myself from the blue and yellow sweater. I'm not convinced I made a mistake, and I can't figure out how doing it the way that I now suspect is correct could possibly fit, so I need to take a little time. It's been sent to its room to think about what it's done.

But I do want to get this scarf done, because I've barely had time to spin at all lately, and I want to make sure Fiona remembers who I am before I take the classes next week with Judith MacKenzie McCuin. I'll be taking Three Bags Full and Spin a Fine Thread, and I'm thrilled silly about both, assuming I remember which end of the wheel is up...


Blogger Larry said...

Am I missing something? Couldn't you just make two pieces going the same way and then graft or sew them together in the middle?

12:26 PM  
Blogger Bobby said...

okay, unless i misread this, the double decrease you're already using is slip one, k2tg, psso, right? for the opposite slant, you want to slip one, knit one, psso, then move the decreased stitch back to the left needle, and slip the stitch (the second one one the left needle now) over that, and slip the completed stitch back to the right needle. It sounds hella complicated, but it's not.

I'm a huge non-lover of slanted double increases unless they're properly paired, so i usually use the vertical double decrease which is slip 2, knit 1, psso. It gives you a nice lookingn vertical braid too.

i hope this made sense!


12:56 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

I was going to post then I read Bobby's and I agree with her.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

I'll play with those decreases and see if they work for me - thanks, Bobby!

Larry - I can't graft, because the rest of the scarf has YOs every other row. That means there aren't two solid rows next to each other, and grafting would give me a third...

1:24 PM  
Anonymous marti said...

well none of my inklings sound like they would have worked, but it will be good to check back and see what transpires!

2:53 PM  
Blogger David said...

Tinking! How cute!

When we songwriters have to go back and undo something, we call it "decomposing".....

; )

6:11 PM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

THANK YOU for the definition of "tinking". From a knitting-challenged crocheter.

9:24 PM  

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