Picking Up at the Seam

Picking up sts at the cast-on

Picking up at the seam

Day 5: I’ve gone back to the first shoulder, and picked up the cast-on stitches.

Seam pick-up, full view

Full view

I could have done a provisional cast on, but I think that doing a regular cast on and then picking up those stitches might give the shoulder “seam” a little more strength and stability. Everything hangs from these two points (the shoulders), and sometimes the provisional join in this area gets a little stretched or stressed. Even this won’t be as stable as shoulders with the reinforcement of a sewn seam, but I hope it will help a bit.

I then knitted the first rep in the new direction.

2nd direction, 1st shldr

The same, only different

Progress Report #2

Start of second shoulder

Second shoulder next to first

Day 3: I started the second Saxon Braid shoulder and did one pattern repeat. Hard to believe, isn’t it, that such a tiny thing takes an hour? It’s because there is so much going on in Saxon Braid. With most cables, you have a few rows in which you just knit again whatever is in the previous row. But in this braid, every right-side row moves something to a new position, and that takes additional time, which all adds up.

I’ve done so many swatches of this Braid that my time is starting to improve now. In the beginning, each row took about 5 minutes. Now, the wrong-side rows are 2-3 minutes, and I’m starting to shave some time off the right-side rows as well. But in round numbers, including stopping to pet Buttercup and sip a smoothie at the end of every row, it all still takes about an hour.