Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Log Cabin - what????
Oh my gosh, I am going into newbie spasms here!!!
When the pattern says to bind off a finished strip, just slip those stitches onto a holder or, better yet, a long spare circular needle in the same size you're using, or one slightly smaller.
Now, using the same needles you were originally working with, turn and pick up stitches for the next strip, just as the pattern tells you to do. Ignore the stitches sitting on the spare needle.
When you finish the next strip and the pattern says to bind off, instead slip the stitches onto another holder, or onto that same spare circular needle holding the stitches from the first finished strip.
If you go all the way around this way, you'll eventually have the three sides of the piece not being knitting all hanging on the spare circular needle (or separate holders), while you're knitting the fourth side. When you finish that fourth side, the pattern says to turn, pick up stitches along the garter ridges on the side of the strip you just finished, and then along the bound-off edge of the next strip. But, since you didn't bind them off, you'll find them sitting and waiting for you on the spare circ. Since a circ has a point on each end, they're even facing the right way. Instead of picking up the stitches from a bound-off edge, just knit from from the spare circ. When you get to the end of that strip, drop the spare circ again, to continue holding the live stitches from the other sides not in use.
Just keep going round and round that way. Obviously, the best way to do this is with a single circular needle long enough to hold three or even four sides at once. But you can also use a holder, or a separate circ for each side. Any size is really okay, as long as it's smaller than the size of the working needle.
Okay..thanks kate...I feel so much better. And, wonder above all wonders, I believe I understand how to do this. Now if I can just remember to breathe....
Hope it works for you..