Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Big Red Blob

This is what I’m calling Centrino for now. With apologies to Laura Nelkin, the designer of this pattern. It may not be the kindest working title, but it is surprisingly descriptive.

As I showed you yesterday, this is what it looks like peeking out of the top of my project bag:


There are currently 432 stitches per round and it’s not getting any smaller. Oh no, I’m spiraling my way steadily towards a final count of 576.

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Sorry, had to put my head between my knees and practice breathing slowly for a second.

This is what it looks like plonked down on the table and showing off the center motif:


And here are a couple of closer looks at the chevron-y pattern currently emerging.



That cut on my knuckle came during the Great Rose Pruning Debacle of 2009… through a pair of leather gloves, mind you. Not to worry, I won in the end.

This pattern is quite intuitive and logical, with the yarn-overs and decreases lining up just so. The knitting is easy to read, and I’m even getting quite good at tinking back through a centered double decrease… but I’ll try not to let it make me late for work again.

I wonder how much furniture I’m going to have to move when it’s time to block this…


Anonymous said...

That's looking amazing! The colour, the chevron pattern. Just how big is it going to be...?

marycatharine said...

It looks beautiful already! That's a ton of stitches you'll end up with.

essjay said...

It is looking so very lovely - I cannot wait to see it when it goes from blob to fabulous!

We have matching cuts - well, mine is from dry skin!

Anonymous said...

Holy wow, that yarn is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it when it's done.

Bells said...

God it is looking SO good!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, that's gorgeous! I love lace patterns that have a mesmerizing logic and just seem to happen (as opposed to those chart-dependent ones that get tedious fast).

As for blocking, it may be that you'll need to block it on the rooftop.

Jodie said...

My lace yarn is washed, and I got my book with the pattern yesterday! First circular lace pattern here I come. Thanks for the inspiration.

Chandler said...

A blob it may be, but it's a very pretty blob! The effect of unblocked lace looks kind of like what happens when you put a drop of red food coloring into water—how the color just blooms.

I love it already, and can't wait to see the finished product!

Donna Lee said...

The red color is so warm and cheering (the weather is grey and rainy here again and any blotch of color is welcome). It looks like it'll be huge when it's done.