Gardening and Passap Reversible Tuck Stitch Swatching
The peas are up and looking good. I wish I could say the same for the tomatoes, squash, and sunflowers. Anything that prefers a bit of warmth has refused to germinate. As of right now, I’m looking at a garden of shallots, garlic, peas, dill, and store bought tomato plants. The squash may still decide to cooperate. I dug around in their pots and found that the seeds hadn’t rotted – they are just too cold to poke out of their shells.
My knitting has been as hit and miss as the vegetable garden. After how well the racking Fisherman’s Rib Doll Blanket turned out, I wanted to put together a more feminine blanket with scalloped edges and identical pattern on both sides. In looking through my various Passap books, I decided on a tuck pattern on page 40 of the small Duomatic 80 / Duomatic S pattern book. It is also very similar to technique 155 in the E6000.
After a few samples, I found the ideal tension for my yarn was 3.5/3.5 without the green weight bar or 4/4 with the hanging bar – the difference being a bit softer look at the higher tension. With further experimenting, I settled on a simple picot scallop bind off. The picture below shows how I ended the sample swatch.
My problem is re-hanging the beginning of the blanket to make a similar bind off. I started off with waste yarn in a 3 x 3 rib to match the needle arrangement of the tuck pattern. In hindsight, I should have done straight stockinette. I found it impossible to dig out the pink stitches from alternating knit and purl waste yarn stitches. The fact I temporarily lost my mind and used beige waste yarn to “contrast” with my light pink blanket because I was too lazy to go downstairs and get a darker color didn’t help much.
April 16, 2007