I’ve reknit the base of the bag, this time as a simple 60 x 38 rectangle. That’s 2280 stitches. Then I picked up stitches around the two short edges, and knit off the provisional cast on. Obviously picking up edge stitches changes the direction of the knitting, and there is a clear demarcation.This is to be expected.
On the other hand, I just got lazy with my provisional cast on, and didn’t worry too much about how it would look. You can see the awkward line of stitches towards the bottom of the photograph to the left.
I considered frogging it back to the cast on yet again, but decided against it. It’s The bottom to side transition on the long sides won’t match each other precisely, and the short side transition will be something else again, but given that this is going to be felted, and that the problem area is not going to be in an often viewed area of the bag, I’m not terribly bothered. It’s something to remember for the next time, though.
I’ve selected a couple of motifs from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s 150 Scandinavian Motifs to work into this bag. I have a total of 196 stitches in the circumference (slightly more than I should have if I were working the ‘ideal’ pick up ratio of 3/2, but that’s fine). I worked out the prime factors of this, not because I’m a numbers geek* but because I need it to be able to work out the motifs I’ll be using. It turns out that 196 is 2 x 2 x 7 x 7.
The first motif I used was a simple transition between the brown and gold-brown colors. I knit five rounds of brown by which time I was definitely starting to run low. If I’d be really clever about it I would have weighed the remnants of the brown, but I wasn’t, so I’ll just have to guess at the end point. The next round I knit one stitch of gold and six of brown, remembering to ‘catch’ the gold every fourth stitch This should be enough to keep the floats from felting funny (or so my reading tells me.. we’ll see). The next round I increased this to three gold stitches (centered around the one stitch) and four brown, no wrapping required. The third round of the transition I knit five gold stitches (catching the brown in the third stitch) and two brown. Then I cut the brown, and now I’m working in a gold background.
After three or five rounds I’ll start with the goat motif. It’s 21 stitches long, so I’ll have to add seven plain stitches between goats.
I’ve already picked out a 13 stitch flying bird pattern (for Flying Goat Farm, right?), which will fit beautifully. I’ll have it flying above the goat’s back, so it will integrate into the top of the pattern without overlapping the colorwork. That leave another black space, lower down in the pattern, which is about 18 x 4 stitches. I’ll look for an abstract or flower motif to fill in that space, and I’m good to go. I’ll have 7 repeats of a 28 stitch pattern.
This is going to be fun!