Confessions · Destash · knitting

Justify!

How could a yarnaholic (even a recovered one) not love that name and the philosophy behind Lynne Vogel’s moebius pattern?!

This was my knitting project/present to myself ahead of our trip to Norway in May and, thankfully, the yarns were waiting patiently in my stash; Four large skeins of Vitalgo Oxford in a dark charcoal gray and at least 1 skein each of about 7 myriad colors in Schaffhauser Vesuvio. In order to get the gauge called for I ended up using 1 strand of Oxford and 1 strand of Vesuvio throughout. Depending on how I held the yarns, there was a bit of color “peek-a-boo” thing going on that I liked.2014-10-18 11-copy

The biggest challenges were finding a circular needle long enough to handle the bazillion stitches I knew I would have going once the moebius was grafted together (hooray for our LYS and 48″ circulars!), creating colorways on the fly with the limited palette I had to work with (and the number of repeats), weaving in endless ends and making sure I had enough time to complete the project before our trip (with 5 days to spare).

The center panel of my Justify was considerably wider than what the pattern called for, which was 26 stitches. Mine was closer to 34 inches. There were two reasons behind this: the first was to make sure the moebius would also come up a bit on my upper back/neck (where I’m always cold) while still covering my back and second, because I wanted to make the knitting go a bit faster. I swear I must have had a knitter’s blank out moment there because, honestly, what was that all about!?

Boyabreen Glacier
at the Boyabreen Glacier, Norway

Once I was done with the center panel, the words “Graft Ends Together” blared out at me like a flashing red neon sign. OK. An admission. I intensely dislike grafting, but for the weight of yarn I was using and matching a knit side to a purl side, my usual sidekick, a 3-needle bind-off, was not the right choice. After a few false starts and much swearing, the ends were joined at 180° and it was time to move on to the next round (snort), picking up the edge stitches and knitting the welts before the triangle, short row edging.

Hindsight being 20/20 (or 6/6, if you’re from that part of the world), I should not have skimped on the welting. This wrap really needs a wide welt to counteract the stocking stitch main body, but I neither had the time nor the patience after the center panel and its endless yarn ends. Lesson learned!

What I would do differently next time? I’d definitely start with a lighter weight, multicolored yarn. This not only will make it drape differently, it will be more wearable during what passes for winter in these parts.

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