Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Rock On!

So my wife came to me the other day expressing frustration about grafting the hood of the Rogue Hooded Pullover together. It turns out that it is essentially a rib with the occasional cable. Having never tried to graft purl stitches together, I knitted up two swatches for grafting practice. I didn't really know how to do this, so I took a guess and reversed the mantra to PKKP. It worked beautifully.

So I started the graft on the Rogue, got part way through it, then realized that the cables needed to be crossed at the graft. This confused me a bit, so I did some online research. After a google search and tracking down a few blogs, I befriended PumpkinMama, and she helped me figure out what I needed to do. It turns out that I simply needed to pre-cross my stitches and graft them in the order they appeared.

So here is what it looks like:

Sorry for the blurry image. It was night and the camera didn't want to focus. Anyways, my wife is thrilled, and I'm pretty pleased that I figured this out. I am a bit disappointed with my purl grafts, though, as they are way too tight. This causes a slight "seam" of tight stitches across the hood. Grr. Grafting is supposed to be invisible. My wife says that doesn't matter, but I wonder if she's just being supportive. I could rip it out, but it's a super pain to rip out grafting. I guess I'll just have to more closely monitor my progress next time.

For my next trick, I will graft a fair isle design down the equator so that it perfectly spells "Happy Knitting."


Pumpkinmama said...

Looks great - glad I could help out. Do we get to see the whole sweater?

the fiddlin' fool said...

Perhaps. Since it's my wife's creation and not mine, I'll have to ask her.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm impressed! Could your work along the seam to loosen the tight stitches a little?

the fiddlin' fool said...

Yeah, I may try that, though grafting inherently makes that really difficult. It would probably be easier to rip the whole thing out and try again!

Kenny said...

Wow, I couldn't figure out grafting. Grafting is really confusing. And you managed to figure it out for a stitch other than stockinette. 2 thumbs up for you.

mad angel said...

Howdy! Has the sweater been washed and blocked yet? If not, that will help relax those tighter stitches quite a bit. But really, even if you've already done the wash & block treatment, the tighter stitches are barely noticeable. Nice work!