My progress on the Aran lace sweater is creeping along. I have found that the non repeating lace pattern in the front panel is hard to keep track of. The back panel is a much easier repeat and I soon found that I didn’t need to use the chart. But the front panel required the chart the whole way up the front, although I did begin to have a sense of what was going to happen in the alternate rows. I’ve finished the front including the shaping for the neck and shoulders, and now am working on the back. The pattern calls for identical shaping for the neck and shoulder on the back, something I’m not sure I want to do (I usually have a higher neck at the back of the sweater). Right now I’m thinking of ways I can alter the pattern to avoid that dip in the back.
After I knit the shoulders together (three needle bindoff), I will pick up stitches around the arm edges for the arms. There’s some complicated short row shaping for the arm at that point (which I feel confident that I can do), but I may eliminate some of the decreases down the arm, as I want a little more ease in the arm. It’s interesting that the pattern designer elected to use plain stockinette stitch in the arms, rather than the moss stitch of the body. Fine with me, as the moss stitch is more complicated knitting; there is a band of aran lace that travels down the top of the arm.
Monday Studio Painters group has more people coming each week. Lots of the group are from the Monday Plein Air group that paints in the summer. We were talking yesterday about the value of continuing to paint, even though it’s still too cold for plein air. I’ve also joined the Palette Knife group at the Art Center, so I have two paintings to share from the past week: