Shifting to reverse

I have been so busy at work and at home (the water heater where I am housesitting busted and leaked water yesterday, and they came today to look at it and tomorrow they’ll fix it, cold showers tonight!) that I totally forgot that I owe you (Amber and Carrie K especially) photos of the reverse side of Little Majolica.

Do you see the tarantulas? or is it just me?

Here is the whole back:

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5 thoughts on “Shifting to reverse

  1. Hi! I’ve started this pattern today and I’m wondering if you have any tips about doing the colorwork flat? I gave up (I started the sleeve rather than doing a swatch) and switched to knitting in the round after the cuff (which is working fine) and I’m curious about the flat technique. Your work looks fantastic, and I thank you for any help you can give me!

  2. I think it is a much smarter idea to work the pattern in the round, which is what fairisle was initially intended for. Of course, then I would have to learn to steek!

    The main thing for me is to keep it super loose to avoid squinching up (er, yes that is the technical term?) and also to switch which yarn is in each hand depending on whether you are knitting across or purling back. I have to switch to get them to be in the same place in the final result. Also, I made sure to catch the floating yarn roughly in the middle of a line of 6+ stitches (5 seemed OK though ideally you would do it for more than 3 st) so that the float was not too long.

    I have put mine down for the moment, but let me know how yours is going. I’ll have to pick it up again next month…

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