What a difference the hand makes when it comes to stranded knitting! How could I have forgotten that the part of the motif one wants to stand out should be carried in the left hand? I knew this, I really did.
And, how could I have ignored the following warning at the top of the Dale of Norway pattern?
Watch gauge carefully to obtain the correct finished measurements!
I have been merrily knitting away for the past week engrossed in an audio book, The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. I have NOT been thinking about gauge NOR have I given a second thought as to what color my left hand has been holding or what color yarn my right hand has been holding. Instead, I have been enjoying my book.
In fact, I did not notice anything amiss until I approached the end of the yoke pattern and realized the magical 5-7/8″ was nearing. It would be at this point that two pivotal changes would take place in this sweater. The magical 5-7/8″ was the point in time when I was to slip 74 sts to stitch holders for the sleeves. And, the magical 5-7/8″ would transform this sweater from an ‘audio book’ sweater to a ‘treadmill ‘sweater for it was at this point that I would be working the remaining part of the body in straight stockinette stitch.
To my dismay, my trusty tape measure delivered the fatal news – my gauge was off, way off . The yoke was too long. And, as I was carefully taking a gauge measurement I noticed that the red floral motif looked a little fuzzy and not as distinct as I wanted it to be.
So……………………………….frog, frog, frog………….several days worth of knitting frogged away.
I’m pleased with the results. Are you able to see the difference or is my eye just a little over discerning? Here is the motif reknit at the correct gauge. The red yarn was carried in my left hand for stranding:
And below is the knitting before it was frogged with the red yarn held in the right hand.
Can you see the difference?