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Lost in a sea of yarn and needles. Lusting after handmade socks and all things lacy


Frog Pond and Onward

originally uploaded by Suzann.
I took a really hard look at the Pinwheel Jacket. Had my daughter take pictures of me wearing it. And there was no way this was ever going to look attractive on me. I suggest if you are thinking of knitting this jacket you try this before you cast on the first stitch. Cut out a circle and then wrap it around a tube or a glass anything round. Look at how it fits in the front. Look at how it looks in the back. Will this be an attractive look for you?
So I frogged 6 balls of yarn and said goodbye to a zillion stitches. My mind kept trying to figure out how to flatten the top and bottom of the pattern, in order to create the width you need in the front. And speaking of frontage, if you have any at all or if you are older then 11 you are going to have problems covering it. Without the back dragging behind you like a train.
Nothing I tried really flattened out the top and bottom attractively. And then my brain woke up. A square, that is what is needed. Or better yet a rectangle. A quick look in my Mom's old knitting pattern book and this. The pattern is dead simple.
Now if you kept knitting this square you could make just the back. Or if you want you could leave the armhole spaces and continue around the front. I think that might be a lot to keep in your lap. So I think maybe a back and then two half squares for the front. This will allow of some armhole shaping if you like. The front will cover your front. You still have the swirl design and none of the circle problems.
This sample is small and please excuse the awful center start. But I think you can see how it will work out.
I am not re-energized :D And I will cast on properly today with my pretty yarn.
If anyone is interested, I will post the stitch pattern.
Don't you love when it when your knitting stops kicking you in the gut :-}


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Anonymous CatBookMom Says:

Wow! That's true strength of character, to frog something that close to completion. Your new design looks great. If you haven't looked at it, you might browse through 'Knitting Nature' at your LYS, since there are lots of patterns using that sort of multi-sided designs. Or look at the pullover that Grumperina finished earlier this month, with pentagons (hexagons?) at the yoke.

Blogger junior_goddess Says:

How about two squares. Seamed together to create a back seam....nah, then you have a big tube.

(never mind.....)

Sorry about your free pi and chips.

Blogger junior_goddess Says:

Do frogs get synched like periods do? Just thought I'd ask, cuz I'm right there with ya. ;-)

Blogger CozyStitches Says:

I would love this pattern. :D If you're planning on submitting it somewhere, I'll test knit it for ya. Like I *need* something else to knit..

Blogger Bri McStan Says:

While time in the mucky waters of the frog pond is pretty gross, your new idea really has legs. I'm focusing on that during your laps in the pond!!

Blogger Bri McStan Says:

Are you out of the frog pond yet and into open knitting waters?! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Blogger JoanM Says:

It is so painful to frog when you have put in so much effort. I have always found this hard, and used to bury offending item in back of dark cupboard. I am better at it now (more practice)


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