Well, I put this bad boy to bed last night at midnight. My Whiskey Tunic is blocking for the second time:
I worked on the crocheted edgings Wednesday evening without success. The edge just did not look very good and took quite a bit of fiddling. Even though I am a newbie crocheter, I have done single crochet edgings many times before, so I don’t think it was my technique. I finally decided to throw in the hook and opted for a simple garter edge — I really liked the idea of the very plain bodice contrasted with the more elaborate skirt and wanted to retain that look:
When I got it finished and tried it on, I was in shock and awe: it fit. Yes, indeed, it fit. Just like it was supposed to! I didn’t really expect it, as my batting average has been low of late. I re-blocked it because it was a tad too long (aarrgghh! I did not need the 10th repeat!) and to smooth out the bodice from adding the edges. It is the length I THOUGHT I wanted it to be, so I have no one to blame but myself.
But, it’s done and I am happy with the result! If I decide that it’s too long once I start wearing it, I’ll remove the skirt, rip back a repeat and graft it back to the bodice.
I thought this seemed like it took forever, but when you think about it, it’s a lot of knitting even without sleeves. I had 288 sts until I got to the bodice, and it is worked at a gauge requiring Size 4-5 needles.
This final picture shows the side “seam.”
The color here is terrible!
There is no visible jog or disruption of the pattern — yay! That’s because there is a purl stitch that runs up the entire piece at that point. Another reason to opt for in-the-round construction.
What’s up next? A cotton dishcloth for someone at work. This person has never shown any interest in my knitting whatsoever — which is fine, no one is obligated to care about my hobby. But when I mentioned that I had just learned to crochet, she went absolutely crazy with excitement (I’ve never seen her so enthused) and asked if I could make her a dishcloth! She had just tried a cotton dishcloth at a relative’s house and raved about how wonderful they are!!! I said, “I can knit those, ya know.” So, I am knitting her a Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth! Whoopee!!!!
PS: Here’s the dishcloth, mistake and all! A mainstay in a knitter’s repertoire and my favorite dishcloth to use —
The pattern for Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth (I used a size 8 needle, but a 6 or 7 is recommended; and I used Sugar and Cream yarn):
Cast on 4 sts. knit 2 rows.
k2, YO, knit to end of row. Repeat this row until you have 44-48 sts (mine is 48).
k2, YO, k2tog, knit to end of row. Repeat once more.
k1, k2tog, YO, k2tog, knit to end of row. Repeat this row until 4 sts remain. Knit 1 row. Bind off.
Finished size ~ 8-9 inches square. That’s it.