Thursday, March 25, 2010

lesson learned

My finished Silk Melody Scarf.
This 100% silk truly is lovely to the touch and there is no doubt I will wear it often. It is nice and long and will be wrapped and worn close to the neck. Softness beyond belief! Knitting stockinette stitch with pure silk on addis can be quite challenging and I admit as I got further into this project my stitches were a frightful sight. I continued on.....having faith a good long bath would result in a positive transformation. Once again, Soak worked its magic and whipped those pulled and sad looking stitches into shape.
Let's talk about the cast-on used on Melody. I now know that using a long tail cast-on on fiber such as silk is a poor choice. Let that be a valuable lesson learned! Silk has no give as does the long tail cast-on resulting in an extremely taut edge. Looking back I now realize the cable cast-on would have been a more desirable choice.

Note to self: Going forward place more importance on cast-on selections by mating the best cast-on method with fiber and pattern.
You can bet I'll once again be reaching for my Vogue Knitting (The Ultimate Knitting Book).


Yarnhog said...

That's a good thing to know. I always use a long-tail cast on unless the pattern specifically requires something else, because it's fast and easy. Thanks for the reminder that it's not always the best choice.

The scarf is gorgeous!

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