June 25, 2003

Double chain selvedge, baaaaay-bee!

We. Are. Smoochin'! With photographic proof, because yesterday Monsieur Le Hubby fixed my digital pencam in about two minutes flat. (I don't know how he does it. Really. He's like Inspector Gadget meets Mr. Fixit in a cuter package.) So we have pictures until my blasted digital camera gets here, already. Which has me wondering: Did everyone order a Coolpix 3100, too? I'm beginning to think so because it's taking forever to get here. Anyway, here's the back of my Smooch tank:

Pardon me, my sides are curling.

After one gets passed the lace cast-on, it's really quick and smooth knitting. Then it comes time for the armhole decreases plus double chain selvedge, which may cause confusion for some people doing this tank. The armholes are free edges, so the pattern [cleverly] instructs us to do a double chain selvedge (the slipping stitches and picking up horizontal strand at the end of rows), which provides a smooth edge (slipping stitches) AND tightens up (picking up horizontal strand) at the same time. It is ideal for free edges but is not, in my opinion, a good selvedge for edges that will be joined with ladder stitch, because it may cause holes in the seam. It's good for backstitch, though. And crochet edgings, too. Anyway, the pattern doesn't specify how to pick up the horizontal strands when doing the double chain selvedge (and I haven't found it in any of my books, either), but I do this: Pick up from the front on purl rows and pick up from the back on knit rows. That way it looks the same on both ends. And don't I sound fancy with my knitting lingo?

P.S. The double chain selvedge is one of the many types of selvedges illustrated in Montse Stanley's The Knitter's Handbook. Do you have this book already? I've mentioned it countless times here and can't imagine being without it; it's an excellent reference of knitting techniques for all levels of knitters.

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14 comments to this entry:

hi becky - smooch looks great! all you speedy knitters out there (you and wendy are speed demons!) make me aspire to improve. :) i've been busy preparing to move into a new apartment this weekend (not to mention reading the new harry potter!), so have gotten little knitting done...and my site is still giving me hell. it's up but only as a facade (i can't add new entries and no one can comment!) so...apparently i have to completely reinstall movable type and switch my database from berkeley to mysql. lord help me. i'll be back in business sometime next week, i hope.

Smooch looks great... I love the color that you chose. I am a totally blue fanatic, but I have been trying to force myself to make things in other colors so that there is some variety to my wardrobe.

Hi. I really like the colour you are using. Can you tell me what it is?

i was getting a little worried when the last post was called 'knitting vacation' !! and there were no comments! thank goodness for hubbo's skills! now does he do laundry also? :) smooch is quite the pretty one -- i bet you're cruising along on the front as i type! :)

Believe or not, the only knitting reference book I've got is all the EZ books. I'll take you up on your Montse Stanley rec though, and go off and buy that....reading knitblogger exploits pushes me to improve my skills.....;-)

As for Tiny Tank, I didn't save that email I sent with the names......if you did, pick one!

Love your smOOch - doncha' love the rowan all seasons cotton? Your husband sounds like the McGuiver of France... minus the hockey-hair. Glad to see the pics :)

I think I'm developing a bit of Smooch envy. Dare I add yet another project to the list and plan for a Smooch of my own? Yours looks great, Becky. Love that color.

I think I'm developing a bit of Smooch envy. Dare I add yet another project to the list and plan for a Smooch of my own? Yours looks great, Becky. Love that color.

Smooch is beautiful. That color is incredible. You'll have another stunning tank in no time!

Thanks for the info on picking up the bar for the selvedges. I did mine just as you described. That seemed to be the way that came naturally from where the yarn and needles were, matched the slipped stitch that followed, and produced the best looking result. Amazing for this pattern that all those things coincided!

Woo Hoo, you're smooching! I love the colour, I think I have some of the same All Seasons Cotton - is it shade 199? I've got 4 skeins of it and have been trying to decide what to make, not enough for smooch unfortunately :(

Thanks, everyone! I'm having fun with this tank..I'm almost sorry that I'm almost finished knitting it.

Claudia, you'll love having Montse Stanley's book in your knitting library. I'm not sure how it compares to EZ's books, though. I need to get my hands on at least a few of them; I've been told they're excellent references, too.

Kerrie, the shade is 199, just like the one you have. The color looks even more beautiful knitted up!

Wow, that's pretty impressive about your man fixing the camera. Smooch is also lookin' good!

Becky I ordered the Montse Stanley from Amazon...it should be here Mon. or Tues. My suspicion is that there is a whole lot less humor and a whole lotta more technique in the Stanley book then in the EZ books! Get Knitting Without Tears first, then Knitters Almanac second if want a bracing dose of EZ.

You're right on the nose, Claudia. That's why I think a lot of people don't really like The Knitter's Handbook - no wit, no humor, no fun anecdotes. Just straight and somewhat stern schoolmarm-like talk about technique. It doesn't bother me, though. All those years of plowing through case law, probably. So I'm sure you'll feel the same.

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