20 August 2007

Red stripes

A sneak peak of the newest addition to my pile of crafty projects. Someone might say Summer is over now, I ask was it ever around this year? The days are getting somewhat colder, and my little children need warm clothes for enjoying outdoor play in kindergarten. The woollen pants from last year will last another season, but they need new sweaters. I've finished the planning for both of them, with some help from Barbara and Elizabeth.

Since I've fallen in love with the top-down approach, using the proper method when casting on has become an issue. I want the neckline to be as elastic as possible. It needs to embrace the neck so my children won't be cold, and at the same time it would be sad to have a fight over tight necklines every day. And since the head of a child is so big comparing to the tiny neck, this certainly is an issue. My usual long-tail cast on is way too static for this purpose, and in searching for another method, I found the German twisted cast on, also known as the Old Norwegian cast on. It is perfect. Easy to do, looks good, and is quite elastic. Ironically, being Norwegian myself, I learned it from an American site..

3 comments:

Supernøtt said...

Strikke ovenfra og ned, det er ganske uvanlig, vil jeg tro. Prøvde å se på oppleggsmetoden du valgte, god gammel norsk, men lenken fungerer ikke. Gleder meg til å se ferdig genser - opp-ned genser? ;-)

Tora said...

Nå er linken i orden, Supernøtt! Rusted root som jeg lagde for en stund siden er også strikket ovenfra og ned. Mye morsommere å strikke den veien, spør du meg! Det bør prøves. I Barbara Walkers bok finner du alt du trenger å vite for å få det til :-)

Supernøtt said...

Takk takk! Nå fikk jeg tittet og jeg tror det er metoden min mor lærte meg som liten. Pussig at barnelærdommen ligger ute på internett og er blitt halvavansert :-)