Sunday, September 11, 2011

Up and Down

As I was knitting the collar for Nespelem, I used the tip I learned from Melissa Leapman for making my ribbing a little more even, and it helped a lot! Still, I had problems with the beginning of my rows. See how the right-hand side has wonky stitches whereas the left-hand side looks a lot better? I should have slipped the first stitch or something, but I didn't think of it at the time.

The pattern calls for the shawl-like collar to be knit in 2 pieces. You're supposed to start at the center of the back and knit down from there. This would have meant that on the left side of the collar, my wonky stitch would be hidden when I seamed it, but on the right side of the collar, it would have remained visible. After I knit and sewed on the left side of the collar, I decided to knit the right side of the collar from the bottom up instead of the top down. I had to reverse the shaping, and this took more concentration, but in the end, it was worth it for me because I could again hide the less attractive end stitches into the seaming.

So finally, I have finished my Nespelem! Yay!


More pictures are on Ravelry.


  1. That came out great! I wore mine a lot last fall, and will probably be wearing it a lot this coming fall and winter.

  2. This is beautiful! And thank you SO MUCH for posting that tip about ribbing. I totally have that one loose stitch problem and can't wait to try this out next time. :)

    Btw, found your blog through another blog!


  3. That's a great construction and your notes are really helpful. What a perfect color for autumn.

  4. Thank you, guys!

    @Betty: yours was awesome and was an inspiration to me to keep slogging along

    @Lina: Welcome! I'm glad the ribbing tip was useful. It takes awhile to get in the habit and to be able to remember to do it, but it helps.

  5. Beautiful -- and very fashion forward with the color combo!

    It was so nice outside this morning -- you could almost have worn it today!

  6. @Twisted Knitter: I actually have already worn it--once at work because my office is so cold and once at a certain cold coffee shop :-)