Sunday, March 9, 2008

Leftover socks Rug border update

I've been trialling/test knitting different borders for the rug on the Passap. Did the Interlock, was too thick really, the Overlock didn't really look as good as my final try.

I'd discovered this one quite by accident while knitting my one and only pair of socks. I'd forgotten to flip one of the levers, so instead of knitting across the front bed and then back bed, as you do to get a nice cylinderical, circular, round - in fact knitting with a hole in the middle.. so you can put your foot into it... no didn't happen.. on the knit across the front bed bit?? the lever was set to knit all stitches from both bed, ie 1:1 rib. and on the way back, where I had remembered to flip the lever, only the front bed was knit. This lovely oversight sealed the round bit of the sock so made it nice and flat, no round, no place for feet - rip, rip, rip. This is my "***let's do that again pattern for socks" ... (I put this saga in for anyone who actually thinks that knitting stuff on a knitting machine is quick, painless and easy... HUH, never owned an old Passap Duo 80, I say..)

So on to the borders: I've decided to make the rug 7 squares wide. That decided, the border pattern and then the construction to be considered. The specs for the KM: 25 sts, T4, N/C, to RC 364. (this is for any Passap people, none of whom I've found to be living in Oz, I seem to be the only one).

I've decided to do 7 of these panels, which I think will work out well combined with the symetry of the 7x7 squares, and split the rug into two sections. This will also solve the problem of all the same sock scraps from the one sock being on the one end and all the newer sock scraps and smaller bits being toward end, giving a much better balance. This will give the rug a centre, top and bottom long panel and repeated on sides. I'll make corner squares and centre joining squares by hand. I thought I'd do double yarn on the centre side panels and to four mitres.. Anyway, that's the plan.. other than that.. time to get knitting. will pop back later and put up a picci.

*** "Let's do that again" style of garment is a very popular term used by many many machine knitters, as I discovered when discussing this very same topic on Ravelry.. popular sweater in the northern hemisphere apparently, many machine knitters have made several versions, or so they say...

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