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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 70

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Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
Tertian is one of my favorite designs yet. You can make it in any size, gauge, and yarn you like.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 70

Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
I think some people would call this shape a shrug, and that's fine with me.
Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
The eyelets in the simple, reversible lace pattern serve as holes for lacing the ribbon.
Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
This is the lace edge, in front.
Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
Even on the diagonal, the lace pattern holds up very well. A more aggressive blocking would have made this stand out a little more. Oops.
Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
This is the reverse-stockinette side of the sweater, with the lace.

This week, I share about one third of a sweater and chat with Madeline.


They say, to knit a typical sweater, one third of the stitches are for the sleeves, one third are for the yoke, and one third are for the body of the sweater below the underarms.

I can't be the only one whose office temperature sometimes soars to uncomfortably hot levels. But, I still like to have something covering my arms. So, I set out to make a sweater that would work in that situation.

I wanted to knit a pair of sleeves, and draw them together using ribbons and bows. Here is my attempt.

Tertian music is based on the interval of a third. In medicine, a tertian fever returns every three days. Let's hope this one-third of a sweater makes you feel like humming and works to keep you comfortable.

You can use any yarn, any needles, and any gauge you like. I think, though, if your yarn is much heavier than a light worsted, it might feel strange to have what will probably be at least a small slit down the back, covered only by ribbon.

I've written the pattern so that you can fill in your own numbers, but I'm also telling you what I did.

I don't mind saying that I'm very pleased with the result. I used a bamboo yarn from the South West Trading Company. A lot of people complained online that it is a very splitty yarn, but I used Addi Turbo needles and had no problems. I love the drape and feel of the results.

Worth a Trip

I went down to Indianapolis last weekend and saw the Material World exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It was beautiful and fascinating for me, but also short enough that a non-clothing-obsessed spouse would not get too bored. If you live in the area or can get there, I highly recommend it. Entrance to the museum and the exhibit is free, but you can also make a donation, if you like.

As Always

You can find more on Ravelry in the Math4Knitters group and on Facebook through JG Crafty Living.


I ran into Madeline on Ravelry and wanted to hear more about her story, her knitting, and her passions. I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.