The moss stitch has not made me crazy. yet.
I have been told that I am not allowed to complain about all of that moss stitch. That I knew full well what I was getting into and that I will just need to keep my mouth shut.
If I told you who said it you would laugh. You would laugh and laugh and laugh. The laughing might take over in that hysterical way that sometimes happens. You would know how much of her knitting complaints I listen to. If you didn’t know her personally, you would be able to tell from her blog that someone who is such a maniac on her site must be a real doozy in person. And you would be right. She has talked an auditory callous into my ear about her knitting, but I must not whisper a word about moss stitch. Oh well, it mitres not. …… did I say that? I meant matters not.
I have you my darlings to bitch about the moss stitch. But since I am only on the first front section, there is no bitching yet.
I am needing to make a decision …… and I thought I had already decided this, but am having second thoughts ….
here’s the thing. my chest measures 48″. The finished chest measurements of this pattern are 41½,(46, 51, 56½, 60). It is a coat and I do want an oversized ease. For that I need to allow 6″. That puts me (48+6=54) right in between two sizes. At first I thought I would knit to the waist with the stitch count for the 56½ and then would reduce to the next lower size for the upper body. I want this to be an oversized fit, I don’t want to be swimming in it. Considering my rear is the real issue and this is a long coat, that seemed like a good plan. And it still may be. With that in mind I thought that if the top half was too snug I would just block it bigger.
Now I am not so sure. I am knitting to gauge and it is a loose pattern. I really do not want to block it bigger – it will look too airy. So what to do? Do I continue with my first plan? Do I just knit the larger size? Or do I add a few stitches to that lower size and tinker with the schematic ever so slightly?
I am leaning towards the third option. The pattern is very simple – the sides go straight up and then there is the armhole shaping. How hard could it be to add to it so that the finished measurement of the top comes out to 54″? The difference in the initial cast on is 6 stitches between the sizes. Maybe if I split the difference – continue with the larger size to the waist area and then rather than reduce a full six stitches to the next lower size, reduce three?
oops, I almost forgot!