I wanted to mention a couple of tiny pet peeves; these are not on the order of chronic lateness (my own or someone else's), crazy drivers, or even PMS headaches or frizzy hair. No, these are niggling concerns--yet nagging nonetheless. First: the tendency of drapey and/or fine gauge sweaters to show the outlines of hardware such as belt loops, belts, snaps or buttons (and I'm sorry, but I refuse to wear leggings under everything); second, the tendency of many sweaters to hang shapelessly at the small of the back (which is after all part of the waist).
These are two reasons I really like how the Chinese Lace pullover fits; the lace has enough relief and texture, plus a slight flare, which combine to conceal the tops of jeans very nicely (and yes, even the dreaded muffin top--not saying that I have one, but...); and the ribbing and side waist decreases and increases give a shapely fit, even at the small of the back.
And this? A gorgeous version of Chinese Lace, from Angelika, in Germany; it puts my own to shame. Thanks, Angelika!
This cute raspberry number was knitted by Thiire from Finland. She e-mailed me before starting the hat crown decreases:
I am knitting the smallest size, and am about to start the crown shape.
Crown shaping: Rnd 1: *K1, YO, k2, SSK, (k2tog) twice, YO. Rep from * to end of rnd. 64(72, 80) sts. Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8: K. Rnd 3: *YO, (SSK) twice, k2tog, k1, YO, k1. Rep from * to end of rnd. 56(63, 70) sts.
I do not understand the parts which I colored red above. Am I meant to do k2tog twice (or not at all) in the round 1? Am I meant to do SSK twice or not at all in the round three?
At first I didn't understand her confusion--and then I realized that she was wondering if the fact that the k2tog and the SSK were in parentheses meant that they should only be worked for the medium and large sizes. I was trying to avoid confusion by using those parentheses, but I think they are really unnecessary.
Thanks for your question, Thiire! This pattern-writing is certainly a learning process.
Nancy sent me this picture of her Rose-of-Sharon hat, made from my pattern featured in the June Magknits. I love the purple and white combo--and love being able to post a picture of something I didn't have to knit myself! Perhaps someday I'll even have enough reader FOs to require a Gallery, a la the Grumpster's; one can dream, anyway.
I know of at least one more WIP on its way to becoming an FO: click here to see a lovely pale green Beaufort hat in progress.