Hitofude has been a leap of faith from the cast on...
I don't think I've ever knit a sweater with a construction that comes close to this one, and honestly, I wasn't really envisioning how this was going to work, even after I was well into it.
You begin with two provisional cast ons of varying lengths. After about 13" of lace work, you remove the cast-on on one side and do a 3-needle bind off....one sleeve. OK. I followed that. Then you remove the longer cast on, do a 3-needle bind off for the other sleeve and then somehow what is left turns in to the neck and shoulders and beginning of the front and I still can't quite figure out how that happened, but it did. (another reason why I will never be a designer. I often have trouble just being a knitter.)
Unless I'm very much mistaken, I think what was supposed to happen, happened. It sort of looks like it might be a sweater someday.
While I know this shouldn't have come as a shock...
the 3-needle BO actually looks like it continues the pattern pretty well. It's rarely my seaming method of choice, but in the spirit of not having any finishing at the end, and following along with the blind faith of the whole project, I had no other choice. (Phew. I could have really messed things up here. I really wanted to just mattress seam or kitchener or anything but that 3-needle-thing. A near miss.)
I'm now back to doing the basic 8-row lace pattern after a little bit of ribbing (which I think is the waist, although how can that be?); soon I'll be starting the increases, and I'm clueless how they will be integrated into the pattern. My leap of faith continues.
The one thing I haven't been too concerned with (yet) is running out of yarn...
I think that big ball just means there is A WHOLE LOT more knitting ahead!!!
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I seriously believe there is still a lifetime of lace knitting ahead here, so there is ample time for anyone who would like to knit along with us (Karen and me). Be sure to hop around and look at everyone's hitofude-in-progress (or the other things people are knitting-along-with....we're not picky!) If you want to just leave a comment about your progress, that works, too. (I personally decided to leave out all MY '*&*$#@%^%*&@!@#!!' comments as I undid the provisional cast on. Once again, I screwed up the provisional cast on and it wouldn't unzip. That was NOT FUN. Fingers crossed that yours goes better than mine did.)