Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Capecho Pentagon Swatch

I finished a full capecho pentagon swatch. After gentle steam blocking, it measures a hair more than 4.5" on each side and is 7" tall.

Here is a side view of the "volcano" in the center before steam-blocking.

In the top view of the unblocked pentagon, the starfish motif really leaps out.

The Details:
  1. I used Andee, a 50% Alpaca and 50% Merino blend yarn from Dharma Trading. It looks like one ~500 yd hank will be sufficient.
  2. I used my Plymouth bamboo modular knitting needle set, casting on with a size 9 needle and knitting in the round with size 6 (4.25 mm) needles before switching to double-pointed needles
  3. I had to use Plymouth needles because they make 4.25 needles; most other companies provide 4.5 mm (size 7) and 4.0 mm (size 6) needles. My first swatch with 4.5 mm didn't look right so I started over with 4.25. It is exactly what I want.
  4. The pattern is written for knitting back and forth and then seaming up one side. I knit the pentagon in the round.
  5. I cast on 5*28 stitches and started with chart row 5, omitting the k2tog and ssk.
  6. Finished size: s = 4.5" (side); h = 7" (height)
If you read the link about the needle sets, and want to know what happened to the neighbors with the monster trucks, read Size Matters II--but only if you are over 18. If you are under 18, don't let your parents read it.

Size Matters is hosted on my sister's blog, before she told me to get my own blog.

Click on the Pentagon label on the right to see more posts about this and other Norah Gaughan pentagon projects.

I added a new link, Sitting Knitting. Grandma Ann is an excellent photographer and chronicler of South Bay life, in addition to being a knitter and professional musician. She also threatens to post gluten-free recipes, too. I thought about putting her in under coworkers because her late husband was a coworker and mentor. But Grandma Ann and I never worked together, unless you count tie-dyeing.

That's all folks.


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