Posting on the fly today - it has been a heckuva week! I was the doctor on call and every morning I had 5 or 6 newborns in the hospital (we usually average 2). They weren't all "boring" healthy babies either, so they kept me on my toes. TGIS!!
All this on call nonsense has meant less time for knitting, but I have made a little more progress on my Autumn Leaves sweater. I'm far enough now to tell you that, technically, it is no longer an Autumn Leaves sweater. (Don't hyperventilate - I didn't frog it!)
When I finally finished the 16
miles cm of corrugated ribbing, I dug the stitch charts out of my knitting bag and quickly found myself disenchanted.
If you've ever done stranded colorwork, you know that it is desirable to pick stitch patterns that don't require you to carry the color not in use more than five or so stitches. "Floats" longer than that will catch on your fingers, and also make it harder to maintain an even gauge. If you pull the floats too tightly against the back, your knitting puckers, but it is harder to keep very long floats loose.
Here's a blurry photo of a bit of the leaf pattern, so you can see what I'm talking about. See the wide sections without color changes? The very first row has 18 stitches of main color between each stitch of contrast color. In the wise words of Dana Carvey, "Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent."
But I want a cool Kauni sweater with leaves!! (Stomps foot)
Then I remembered a sweater I made for my Dad ages ago using a leaf pattern by Elizabeth Zimmermann. A quick rummage through my EZ books and I found it in Knitting Workshop. I printed out some knitter's graph paper and got to work. I'm keeping the underarm gussets from Ruth Sorensen's original pattern, and my shaping will be the same, I've just substituted the leaf pattern.
See the pretty leaves?
Now I can have a Kauni sweater with leaves and I won't have to lose my mind knitting it. Yay! I've said it before and I'll say it again: "EZ rocks!"