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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Planning for Portis.

Next up in my queue is this piece - a poncho with some very cool knitterly details. I've made two Easy Folded Ponchos (and plan to knit a third one this winter). That pattern is a big stockinette rectangle that gets seamed along one long edge to make the neck opening. Portis is a stockinette tube (perfect for knitting stranded colorwork since there's no purling) that gets steeked to turn it into a big stockinette rectangle. The ribbing (that you see along the bottom edge of the photo above) is picked up and knitted from the steeked edge. The only "seam" is a 3-needle bindoff and the neck edge is finished with an applied i-cord.

I've been a fan of the pattern since it came out in 2014, but our LYS just started carrying the called for Brooklyn Tweed Loft a few months back. I've convinced a few of my students to knit along with me. They're anxious to get started, so I figured I'd better start, too. I spent much of yesterday's nap time knitting a swatch.

I went down a needle size from what the pattern suggested and I'm still a little loose (1/4 stitch and 1/2 row per inch). I think another size smaller and I'll be too tight. So - since I think the fabric in my swatch is ok, I'm going to adjust the pattern.

A big stockinette tube with 12 fewer stitches and 12 fewer rows doesn't sound quite so daunting! I'm looking forward to getting started (but ugh, not so much casting on 300+ stitches ;-)  I'm also looking forward to the steek. I've coached a few students through the process, but this will be the first time that I've held the scissors.

Have you ever cut a steek? do you think it's scary or exciting?



Blogger Carole said...

No steek experience here but I know you can do it!

Wednesday, 07 September, 2016  
Anonymous Patty said...

None here either! But you will show us the way! :-) I'm planning on the easy folded pocho this winter too.

Wednesday, 07 September, 2016  
Blogger Lydia said...

This is going to be lovely! I have cut 2 steeks-just use sharp scissors

Wednesday, 07 September, 2016  
Blogger Bonny said...

No steeks for me; hitchhikers don't need them. :-) Lots of interesting techniques in an interesting poncho!

Wednesday, 07 September, 2016  
Blogger margene said...

I cut a steek once and it wasn't scary because I was using Shetland wool, the traditionally sticky yarn used in Fair Isle sweaters. Being prepared will give you confidence when holding the scissors. Your poncho will be wonderful!

Thursday, 08 September, 2016  
Blogger Penny said...

I think something can be scary and exciting at the same time - like steeking. : ) It's a lovely project and once again I know you can do it!

Thursday, 08 September, 2016  
Blogger alexa said...

You first paragraph alone had several words and as many concepts I couldn't get my head around. Can you tell I am not a knitter? But the photo looks great and I am sure yours will be even better :).

Sunday, 11 September, 2016  
Blogger dbshade said...

The above is pretty funny. ;-) As I re-read the first paragraph, I would see why a non-knitter could be scratching her head.

Thursday, 15 September, 2016  
Blogger Mary said...

indeed! of course I have only two readers who don't knit - my mom and Alexa ;-)

Thursday, 15 September, 2016  

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