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Finished Seabird - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
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Finished Seabird
This is a neat project. I hadn't done any swing knitting before (that's the term coined for essentially using trapezoids of short rows to make those curving shapes, and pairing up short rows on one side with short rows on the other to make it all work out smoothly). It also introduced me to the German short row, which is a weird little trick at the turn that avoids wrapping or picking up or anything other than pulling the first turned stitch over and extra-tight. (That explanation will make no sense, but there are youtube videos of it for those who knit).

The instructions were kind of incomprehensible for the first "feather", because they kept referring forward to things that I hadn't done yet, and because I didn't understand swing knitting, but things like "You won't put in any light pins here, because they're cancelling out the imaginary dark pins from later" eventually did make sense.

For mathhobbit.

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mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: March 16th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woot!
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: March 16th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool!
izmirian From: izmirian Date: March 16th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's very pretty.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: March 17th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Shiny! That's a very nifty pattern.
tallou From: tallou Date: March 17th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous!
ladymondegreen From: ladymondegreen Date: March 18th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how nifty. I wonder if I can figure out how to do that with crochet.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 18th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Two rows of crochet is (I think?) a lot taller than two rows of garter stitch, so the stairsteps might be a lot more obvious. It looks like short rows in Tunisian crochet is a thing, where you'd only have one row offset at a time.
ladymondegreen From: ladymondegreen Date: March 18th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's roughly what I was thinking. Are you using lace weight yarn?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 18th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's actually fingering weight, though this particular pattern seems to have people using all sorts of different weights
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: March 20th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Two rows of crochet is (I think?) a lot taller than two rows of garter stitch

Yes (assuming single crochet rather than slip stitch), though if the pattern can be arranged to have an continuous row along the edge of each colored section, that might be enough to disguise the steps. Or it may be possible to adapt differently for crochet and use stitches of varying heights (but that's harder pattern translation problem).
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