Zig Zag Zug

After much knitting and frogging and knitting, I’m up past Chart B on Zig Zag and ready to do the final stockinette section and shoulder bind off. I had some issues with Chart B and got some advice and also made some modifications. First, the excellent advice came from Bogie who has finished her sweater. See her project notes for help.

Here’s my modifications:

  • On the last row of the Back before the “Begin Upper Body Pattern” section, when it said to p2tog the middle two stitches in the cable columns, I k2tog them. This creates a purl bump the right side of the sweater that I found a little more pleasing between the ends of the two cables.
  • The instructions for Back have you end with a WS row before beginning Chart B. Chart B begins with a WS row. So I added one knit row before Chart B. This provides a nice offset to the two rows of reverse stockinette at the bottom of Chart B. Bogie did this as well.
  • The symbol calls for a 2-stitch decrease. It is described in such a way that it puts the center stitch on the top. However, it appears in a line of right slanting decreases that continue on the row above it. I thought this was visually jarring, so I changed the decrease method. My method for the whole stitch is: SSK, transfer this loop back to left needle, slip 2nd stitch on left needle over it, slip (as to purl) back to right needle. This causes the left-most stitch to end on top, with this right-most stitch below it, and the middle stitch on the bottom. Take care not to turn the stitch during the transfers and you won’t get a twisted stitch.
  • Bogie also suggests short-row shaping for the shoulders. I’ll have to swatch it a bit to see if I like it. I think there was a relevant article in a recent Interweave or Cast-On.

    In addition to Zig Zag, I’ve been reading up on Charlotte. I’ve gotten the Excel chart listing the stitch counts for each row from Uli. I’ve also read a number of posts about using stitch markers and the end stitch counts to remember where you are in the repeats. Christina has a useful tutorial on this.

    But most importantly, I’ve had a few people sanity check my observation that no lace reversal is needed. The lace pattern is 8×8. It’s one column of knit stitch and then a 7-stitch symmetrical pattern. This core symmetrical part is the same on each side. The only thing that changes from right to left is the placement of that one column of knit stitches. And the edge and center stitches.