Finally, a post blogging FO! The Thinking Dress is fresh off the needles today which coincidentally is the first month I'm using Typepad. Hope that now I'm more familiar with Typepad, I can allocate more time for knitting.
Ji Yuan is not fond of photo taking and after much ado, these are some shots of her in the Thinking Dress.
It is overcast today and the lighting really is not good for photo taking. Here's another blurry photo. She's wearing the dress to her cousin's house so I can't take any still life shots. Well, next time.
The Thinking Dress is a straight forward and easy pattern. It is also a quick knit on Japanese size 10 (5.1mm) needles and the All Seasons Cotton is easy to knit. I made only a few adjustments.
1) Work the decreases 1 stitch from the edge so that the mattress stitch seaming is smoother and uninterrupted.
2) Right-hand side decreases are worked SSK and left-hand ones are K2tog instead of K2tog for both sides as written in the pattern.
After I finished the front, I came across a Meg Swansen article in the Spring IK about SSK. She mentioned 'Dee's method' which is to slip the second stitch as if to purl. Working the SSK decreases this way gave her a smoother finish. As I also get a 'fat bump' for my SSKs, I tried it out for the back and it did yield a cleaner look.
What next? I couldn't wait and cast on the 'Gingerbread Castle' square. I'm making it in King Cole Anti-tickle superwash wool.