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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 55

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I love this motif. It's much easier to make than it looks.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 55

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Once again, just a few twists and turns make a nice, symmetrical pattern.

This week, I chat with Joni Marie, a fearless knitter who has embarked on a more shapely Bog Jacket, and share chart 8 of Gina's Afghan.

The afghan chart this week is a fairly intuitive design, but it's also the most dense one we have done so far. It's 60 stitches across, so you don't have to do as much jumping around as before, but sticky notes and highlighters would both be helpful. If you've never used them before, some people highlight rows as they go, and others like to just move a sticky note up as they work along. I like to have the sticky note just above the row that I am working, so that I can see what came before my place on the knitting. Those marker cables really help out here, because if I forget to move the sticky note, I'm more likely to notice a problem sooner if I think it's time for a marker cable cross and it's not.

I've been wondering, for those of you who use kindles and e-readers for knitting patterns, how do you keep track of the row? Is there a cursor or highlighter you can place? I used to keep a copy of the 5-hour baby sweater on my phone, but I could only keep track of where I was by deleting the text as I went. This makes me think of life before sticky notes. In Mary Thomas's Book of Knitting Patterns she suggests sticking a pin in your paper pattern to hold your place. Yikes!

As usual, every other row is uncharted, which means you just knit the knits and purl the purls as you go.

The afghan's key has grown. It is now two pages long. Each page is its own document, so it's a little more downloading than before, but I hope it's still useful.

Conversation

I noticed Joni Marie, who goes by JoniMarie on Ravelry, when she added a project to the Math4Knitters Ravelry group page.

She started with Elizabeth Zimmerman's Bog Jacket. The original pattern is available in many places, but I know it's in the Knitting Around book and DVD. The construction of the garment appealed to her, but she wanted to change it to make it more shapely. We talked about her creative process, knitting, and the joy (and invisibility) of short-rows in garter stitch.

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