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Something easy. Something pretty. Something now.

The Ribby Pulli with a flattering scoop neck and elbow-length sleeves…


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bonita gets her math on…

SO. I have two balls of yarn, one larger than the other. How do I figure out how to split the knitting of the hood so I maximize the yarn that most matches the body?

The poll results show that most thought the new color should be closer to the neckline so it is resting under the Hood when it isn’t up. I give this concept a Big Thumbs UP. (Thanks everybody!)

Here’s how I figure out how far up I should knit with New Color before changing to the Old (it helps if you pretend it’s Charlie Eppes from NUM3RS writing on the Blackboard real real fast…)

1. Weigh the garment—I have 14.4 oz of Ribby (sounds like the Beef Special at Gibson’s on a Thursday night!)

2. Figure out Yardage used per square inch—Cotton Fleece has 215 yds of yarn per 3.5 oz skein so 14.4 oz = 884 yds or 4.11 skeins

3. The Body of the Sweater is 39 inches around by 21 inches long = approximately 819 square inches

4. The Sleeves have approximately 200 sq in

5. 819 + 200 = 1019 sq in

6. 884 yds / 1019 sq in = .87 yds per sq inch

7. The Hood has approx 275 sq in so I need 275 x .87 = 240 yds of yarn

8. I have about .89 skeins of Old Yarn leftover (from #2 above) or 190 yds

9. SO! Theoretically, I need about 50 yds of new yarn…

BUT how many inches should I knit before changing yarns?

10. Each row of the hood takes about 66 inches of yarn = 1.833 yds per row

11. 50 yds of yarn / 1.833 yds per row = 27.3 rows

THEREFORE: I will work 21 rows, then alternate 2 old, 2 new, 2 old, 2 new, 2 old, then to infinity and beyond with the OLD!!

[I don’t know how the yarn looks on your monitor, but the new yarn is slightly greener than the old…]

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Just for a something completely different, I decided to shoot my Pulli-in-Progress from the Inside Out ;p

Here you see all the loose ends waiting for Their Turn; all the Wrong Side stitches, as neatly formed as their Right Side brothers, but never to see the light of day in any way in the wearing. So let them Sing this afternoon and be topside—let them be happy just for the heck of it!

[Yes, I have Spring Fever. I saw a Robin. Yes I am giddy.}

Although I was hoping for a flash finish today, this project has stalled! Either I lost a skein of yarn, or, I got rid of it in a stash bust a while back and FORGOT! Now that I’m at the point where I get to pick up for the Hood, I’m realizing I probably am not going to have enough yarn to finish so I’ve stopped to look for some help.

Internet to the rescue!

I put out the call and the lovely Cindy found some Cotton Fleece in her stash in Rue and is posting it my way.

Here’s my dilemma. Most likely these yarns are not going to match. The solution everyone likes to use is to alternate balls of yarn for a few rows instead of a straight up swith between the different dye lots.

But I ask: should I alternate at the top of the Hood or at the bottom of the Hood? I am guestimating it will still be noticeable and perhaps one location would be more desirable than the other.

Around the neck the rest of the Hood will mainly cover it up unless the Hood is being Worn. But if I knit with the old yarn until it almost ran out and then started the new yarn, I might be able to squeeze more even tone out of the yarn I have.

Vote, s’il vous plaît…

Start blending at the neck
Start blending nearer the top
Knit a bloody collar already
Get a clue
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