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May 17 2016
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Tantric Puzzle Top
Tantric Puzzle Top by Anne Carroll Gilmour
Ostrich Feather Lace (#108 from Vogue Stitchionary Vol. 1)
Needles & yarn
US 3 - 3.25 mm
16-st patt rpt is 2.5 inches wide
Knit Picks Gloss Fingering

May 18, 2016

Started swatching last night.

  1. Ripple Weave Plain version, Barbara Walker Third Treasury. Didn’t look as good as the pic. Maybe because it’s fingering??
  2. Ostrich Feather Lace, Vogue Stitchionary Knit and Purl #108.

May 19, 2016

Definitely like the Ostrich Feather Lace, especially after blocking--and even though I botched the second half of the row repeat. wink

CO 161 for ten repeats across the width. Three row repeats (thirty-two each) should get me to the split. Will use to help strengthen the point where the halves start (and then are rejoined, when I get there).

May 24, 2016

The stitch pattern is dead easy, even though it’s thirty-two rows. Three-fourths of them are just stockinette. The pattern rows are technically all the same row, except that four start at the beginning of the stitch repeat and the other four start halfway through the stitch repeat.

Even just pinning out the dry fabric makes the pattern look beautiful. I already know this yarn wet-blocks pretty spectacularly (see the Alpine Meadows shawl).

May 27, 2016

Finally reworked all the yarn I was frogging, and got to wind a fresh cake tonight. Yay!

May 29, 2016

So I worked both sides to four repeats long (the bottom part is three repeats long), which theoretically is the number of repeats I need. I crossed them over then tried to try it on (with DH lending a hand).

With this stitch pattern pulling in so much, it was essentially impossible to see if the two halves were long enough, so I did--for the first time!!--what I’ve read here on Rav: I blocked the WIP. I blocked only halfway up the halves. Then I can measure from the CO end to that point, multiply by two, and see if that’s going to be long enough.

As far as the pics go, the blocked portion is the same area as the pic captioned “first edge done…” (adding in the left half, of course). Forgot to include the yardstick for scale--it’s 25 inches/63.5 cm wide.

Believe it or not, I didn’t even block it hard. I actually didn’t stretch it at all. I just straightened all the lines formed by the centered double decreases and only pinned the edges so I could move it to the office to lock the cat out overnight. Yes, that’s how much this stitch pattern pulls in.

May 31, 2016

It takes me roughly 36 minutes to complete one repeat. Since there will be (I think) 100 repeats, that means 3600 minutes/60 hours of knitting.

Last night I completed the first full repeat after joining.

June 2, 2016

Just one row repeat left!

June 15, 2016

Finished the last repeat awhile ago. But it’s awful tight under the arms.

The short edges wind up being the bottom edge, both running from center front, past the underarm, to center back. So the X part becomes the waist/hip straight up to and over the shoulder, then down to the waist/hip (a bit like measuring for a swimsuit). At least, that’s how it seems to go on.

So I think I need to do at least another repeat in the crossing sections, which will give me another five-ish inches. But I also need to make sure I’m putting it on correctly!

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  • Project created: May 19, 2016
  • In progress: May 19, 2016
  • Updated: June 15, 2016
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