Why this journey?

I've been retired now for over a year. Husband has been sick but is now doing quite well with new pacemaker. I continue to knit and knit and crochet. Recently I became friends again with my sewing machine so you will see some of those projects, too. Thanks for reading.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Swatch 7: ssk and k2tog decrease

And the vocabulary code continues.  This is a swatch that demonstrates whether or not you can get rid of stitches, not by dropping them, but by following two (of many) ways to decrease.

Getting rid of stitches using SSK and K2Tog
Definitely not going to bore you with translations of the codes.  Knitters will know;  non-knitters can enjoy not having to add this set of abbreviations to their own hobby's list.

I'm skipping around on the swatches.  Cannot even think about doing two more decreasing swatches so have decided to alternate the 'end up with fewer stitches' swatches with the 'end up with more stitches' swatches.

Here's a picture showing both #4 and #7.  Now appearing, on the left, Ladies and Gentlemen, the swatch that begins with 20 stitches and ends with only 15.  And in the opposing corner is the swatch that starts with 15 stitches and ends with 25.  What's a measly 10 stitches among swatches?
Decrease swatch on the left and increase swatch on the right.
And finally, a close-up of our contenders.  This one shows off the actual stitches, as the knitter adds stitches or gets rid of them.

I've got several new projects to work on for Thanksgiving Holiday time.  Trying not to take on Christmas projects.  Every year I decide on December 5th to make an afghan or a sweater or BOTH.  Yikes.  Last year there was the brown sweater vest for husband and the burgundy wine wool cardigan for daughter.  

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