A Tivoli TreatPosted: October 6, 2005
Once I got into a groove (which was after the bust section), Tivoli went fairly quickly. As you might recall, I started with the 28-inch size, but it was much too small. So I switched to the 32-inch size, all the while afraid that it would turn out too big. It is a little bit loose, but it’s not overly baggy and I think I can get away with it. One reason is that my gauge was too tight. Guess my swatch wasn’t that accurate. (Well, I did use a different color yarn and knit it flat, so I’m not entirely surprised.)
There are a couple of technique questions I have related to Tivoli. First of all, my SSK decreases look horrid. Blocking didn’t do much for it.
My first thought was that maybe SSK is a relatively “messier” decrease? I did SKPs with my Sophie Bags and they looked just fine. So after 3 decreases using SSK, I switched over to SKP. I didn’t notice any difference at all. I swear that my SKP decreases with Sophie don’t look all jagged like that!! They look neat, just like my k2togs. Can I blame the messiness on cotton versus wool, or is there some other reason? I looked on Knitting Help, and Amy shows an “SSK improved” where you slip the first stitch knitwise and the second one purlwise. Have any of you tried this SSK?
The second issue is with the M1 increases. I checked Vogue Knitting to make sure that I did the M1Rs and M1Ls correctly. Vogue Knitting claims that these two increases are “practically invisible.”
I see holes and a jagged line, so I don’t know that I would describe the increases as invisible. Perhaps the operative word is “practically”? Does everyone else have holes with M1s? Or do you use a different type of increase? Jen and I had a brief discussion over email, and she suggested using raised increases instead.
In spite of my less-than-perfect decreases and increases, I’m happy with Tivoli! I should get to wear her a few times before the weather turns cold!