Nordic PuzzleDecember 21, 2007
Brrr. It's cold. And here at Chez Hehu, we do what we can to stave off the chill.
And one of my main man Digit, taken while we were at the little mama's house:
He's sitting on a sweater I'm going to attempt to duplicate, and I have a brain teaser for you Nordic knitters (Janine, I'm looking at you). This was made in Norway for my mother forty-ish years ago. The woman who made it was from the Shetland Islands and married a Norwegian. And there's something going on here that I've never seen. Seems that she picked up and knit the collar, fine and dandy. Then she made one purl ridge at the top of the collar and started knitting a stockinette facing that you can see (the solid green) above. Another picture (turned sideways) here:
So you can see the facing not only gets used as a kind of hem-binding along the steek edges, but it makes the button band, as well.
I understand the construction. I understand how to knit it. What I'm not getting is how to attach it so neatly. I have pulled those seams apart and looked between the stitches, and while it looks like the knitter used a machine to reinforce the steek, I can't for the life of me figure out how she used that long strip so neatly -- as a perfect ribbed button-band, and as a stockinette facing to case the steek. She's using that strip in two ways, and must require two perfect seams. Is there anything written about how to do this well? How, exactly, to sew it? Anyone?
That is the Christmas puzzle I leave you with. I'm off for Boise tomorrow. Snow! Skiing! So excited! Back next week. Much love to you, my pets.