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My Hourglass Sweater is sweatering - finally! I'm in the flow and I think I've done pretty well with my top-down increasing. The seams look nice and straight, they aren't pulling much. I thought that I had invented a new kind of increase, but it looks like I just re-invented the wheel. Thankfully I just checked The Knitter's Companion before I started showing off and mouthing off to you, and my nice increases (RLI & LLI) are on pages 56 & 57 of the 2nd edition (ISBN 978-1-59668-001-2).
Interestingly (not really) I think I have been reversing my 'Left Slanting Increases' and 'Right Slanting Increases'. More to the point, I always thought that the Left and Right referred to the direction of the stitches next to the seam. I generally find Interweave's publications extremely trustworthy, and based on the pictures in the book, it looks like the Left/Right refers to the direction of the seam. Soooooo, it seems that I get a bit muddled when working on a top-down raglan, where the seam is straight and is not directed to either the left or right. In simpler terms, on the right side of your seam I make a left slanting increase (LLI), and on the left side of the seam I make a right slanting increase (RLI).
So, in conclusion, here are my insights for the day:
- The Lifted or Raised Increase is a nice looking increase, you should try it.
- Interweave Press publishes good books and are worth referring to.
- When making top-down raglans, the Lefty increase goes on the right side of the seam and the Righty goes on the left side of the seam.
- Kurt Vonnegut and my 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Lass, were both right: there are very few new ideas.
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