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Kilt Hose Design Decisions and County Fair results

Posted by mtmom on September 12, 2010

I’ve gotten to the tops of the cuffs on Robert’s 2nd pair of kilt hose, and am swatching the cuff.

DD holds out the edges, so you can see the seed-stich ribs

Sock #2 inside out while I finish the garter ribbing and begin cuff

Which cables to use in cuff? Hmmmm.

I am so glad I exercised the self-control to swatch the cuff patterns, instead of steaming ahead on the hose themselves, because I’ve been changing my mind as I work the swatch.

I also pulled up an old photo of Robert’s favorite pair, to compare cuff designs.

I could see that the old hose had 2 over 2 cables, about 16 of them around each cuff.  These can be similar.

I like the 3 over 3 cables in this very-heather-y yarn — they show up nicely — but I’m pretty sure he’ll prefer the 2 over 2.  Either is fine with me.

Next in the swatch, I need to check the transition from cables to the edge pattern I’m considering:  a continuation of the k1 tbl, p1 of the garter, so he can turn them down at any point in the depth of the garter, versus having a fixed turning-ridge.  I need to make sure about how many stitches to increase when beginning the cable band, so that I won’t get ripples where the stitch-pattern changes and so that the cables won’t strangle his leg!  We want the cuff to lie flat, not be either floppy or constrictive.

In other knitting-related news,

I seem to have skipped blogging last week — sorry!  Besides taking in some light opera (Pirates of Penzance), my family and I attended our County Fair last weekend.  Here are my entries with their ribbons (plus cat!).  The yellow item she is sitting on was an extra prize for my white kilt hose:  a needle case made by a regional guild representative.

2010 Coconino County Fair entries

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Berroco Cabling Video

Posted by mtmom on July 26, 2009

Another video to share, this one by Berroco on cable techniques used in their Nesselrode pullover (Booklet #288, Blackstone Tweed) and Tarte shell (free KnitBits pattern) — not just knits over knits on a purl background in this one.

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Master Knitter — Cables and Holes

Posted by mtmom on July 10, 2008

Some cable swatches, for your perusal.  I made 4, picked 3 to submit.

Wave Cable

Wave Cable


Close-up of Wave Cable

Close-up of Wave Cable


Open Cable

Open Cable

OXOX Cable Hugs & Kisses

OXOX Cable "Hugs & Kisses"


Gull Stitch, w/ compensation for cable flare

Gull Stitch, w/ compensation for cable flare


[Captions are a new feature — I like it!]

Now that I’ve done three cable swatches, it’s on to . . . buttonholes!

Horizontal, vertical, and others (like eyelet).  I pulled out several resource books and tried 31 different styles.  

32 Buttonholes!

32 Buttonholes!

    The “tubular buttonhole” I tried twice.  

Tubular Buttonholes

Tubular Buttonholes

  Next, I plan to focus on just a few — the ones that looked best to me in the LONG sample — to hone my technique.  Then, a swatch for submission with the best of each kind.

While the Master Knitter compels me strongest lately, I have also cast on for a pair of kilt hose in KnitPicks cotton-blend Risata.  I *hope* (at least feebly) to finish these before July 19th, the start of our Celtic Heritage Festival. 

Risata kilt hose - the beginnings of a cuff

Risata kilt hose - the beginnings of a cuff

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