Working on a new vest. A friend allowed me access to her stash, two boxes of yarn skeins, a pallet, varying from green to red.
I set the yarn on my frame, false-circular warp, and the colors blend nicely, one into the other.
And here it is, partially done. I worked in some twined stitching, dragging colors along into other color zones. We’ll see what it looks like when it’s finished.
The white string is because I'm working a 'False Circular' warp. The white strings hold the initial loops, which will eventually become hemline at front and back.
A week later the cloth is now finished. How to form the neckline? Sometimes the V neck stretches stitches, causing a less-than-desiralble pattern. I’ve decided this time to try cutting threads near the center line. Two inches up the front side I cut threads in pairs, so I can tie them in knots. At the back of the vest, I tied the knots right there along the center chain line. On the front I unravelled a center thread to form the slit down the front, and then sewed it partway back up toward the chain line. This thread I tied with a partner thread. The other threads I tied at intervals to create the V neckline.
Cut threads unravelled and tied in knots, forming the neckline.
Pick up and knit stitches (rib pattern) around the neck to form a nicely finished edge.
I find this method makes a much nicer finish at the back of the neck.
Since arriving back home from my travels, I’ve hunkered down to have a close look at Sprang Unsprung. My students over the past 4 years have taught me a great deal. I’ve decided that some of the instructions, while technically correct, offer way too much information, and could do with simplification. The 2000 copies printed in 2011 are almost all gone. Time to reprint. An excellent opportunity to revise. The new version, the 2nd edition is not available. Those who have the 1st edition and who want access to the simplified instructions … I’ll be contacting my web person to post them … but in the mean time, e-mail me carol (no e) at sash weaver dot com and I’ll send you a file.
Students have also asked for patterns. I’ve set up a booklet of some twenty five different lace patterns.
For the most part I tried to keep the patterns to fit a 36 thread warp.
To maintain interest, there are four patterns that require more than those 36 threads.
IMAGE (This meander pattern was included, as many students asked for it, but it requires more than 36 threads.)