I’ve had Level 2 instructions in my hands since 2009. And now 2012 is almost over. That’s pitiful!! Well, since I’ve dawdled a bit too long, of course a new version of the instructions came out about a week ago. More than just a few typos were fixed in this revision! The biggest change is replacing the Fair Isle mitten (done in worsted) with a Fair Isle wristlet (done in fingering). I’m a bit bummed I won’t get to submit my cute little mitten for review – the mitten that took me over 4 tries to look really good. (Fair Isle in worsted and at a circumference of 6 inches is REALLY hard!!) But, I am looking forward to knitting up the wristlet, it’s a really nice pattern – and I have lots of Knit Picks Palette I can choose my colors from. It’ll be a fun knit, I think.
Anyhow – I’ve still been really hard at work getting my swatches done. I have all but 4 done now! First, I’ll show you a few of the ones I re-did (either because I didn’t like them as they were or because the instructions changed on one or two details about the swatch).
I had to redo my short row shoulders with seam swatches – the first set of instructions didn’t specify a contrasting colored thread for the seam, so I needed to redo them and work the seam in a contrasting color.
I reblocked swatch 14 – the starlight lace swatch, since it didn’t seem square enough for me the first time.
Here’s my last lace swatch – traveling vine lace.
And here are my three cable swatches, the last one compensates for cable flare at the top and the bottom.
I skipped the 4 buttonhole swatches – I’ll do them next, but I wanted to do some research first on the best buttonholes to use.
Here is my neckline swatch with picked up stitches.
And here is my inset pocket swatch. I had a devil of a time working this one! But I think it turned out pretty well!
So, all I have left is the 4 buttonhole swatches (I’ll do those over the next few days), one or two more questions to answer, the 4 book reviews, the history report, the Fair Isle wristlet, the argyle sock, and the vest. Oh my goodness, that is still A LOT! I’d better get to it…
Happy Knitting! (And Swatching!!)