As I’m picking up stitches around the stole’s body, I’m dividing them onto three circular needles.
(Why three? ’Cause that’s all I could find that are the right size, and that aren’t currently in other WIPs or UFOs.)
No doubt, I could fit them all onto one circular – but I’m pretty darn sure I wouldn’t want to. Why? Because shoving 700+ stitches around a single circular is nobody’s idea of fun. Instead, I plan to knit off the end of one needle onto the other end of the same needle. That way, I won’t need to shove more than 250 stitches around a given needle.
I learned this trick years ago, when reading Debbie New’s Unexpected Knitting.
She had had to use it when knitting one of the sweaters in that book. Alas, I don’t have the book at hand, and can’t check to see whether it was the Labyrinth Sweater or the Ouroborus Jacket. It could’ve been both of course, but I bet it was the Labyrinth Sweater that clinched the deal.
If you’re not familiar with these designs, I encourage you to check them out. They’re simply ingenious. The Labyrinth Sweater is particularly fascinating: it’s knit in one super-long piece (hence the need for multiple circs), with increases and decreases at strategic points. When the knitting is done, you have a weird piece of knitting that doesn’t resemble anything... but with some origami-like folding and seaming, presto! You have a sweater.
Ooh... now that I see what others have done with the Labyrinth Sweater, the Ouroborus Jacket, and the related Tam Jacket, I’m tempted to make one of my own. Check out:
Hmm... if I were to knit an Ouroborus like IsabelG’s, what yarns and colors would I use?