Some Comments on I Do

There’s a bit of confusion over the “slit” in the shrug and so I thought I would try to explain a little better.

Mascarasnake asked why there was a need for embroidery floss if it’s supposed to be kitchenered together. Well, a shrug is essentially two sleeves that are sewn together. This is where the kitchener is used — to join the left side to the right side. If you use kitchener, then it looks like you created one continuous piece of fabric across the back. I did the same thing with my Elf Attire Shrug. I did complete the kitchener before blocking I Do — it’s symmetrical in the photo. But you don’t kitchener the slit…

Vicki asked what the slit is for. I admit, I was confused by it as well, and I think there might be a better choice of words there. Really, the “slit” is the main opening where you put it on. A shrug is little more than two sleeves. But if you just make sleeves, you have one long tube and no way to put your torso into it. So at some point you have to stop knitting in the round and knit flat. But with no other shaping, you don’t alter the essence of the tube.

Some shrugs have shaping to reduce the amount of fabric at the neck and add more along the back. I certainly would do that for the Elf Shrug if I were to make another. But I Do has no torso shaping, so if you fold it over and lay the “neckline” alongside the “bottom hem”, you end up with a slit along the tube the joins the sleeves. But only if you lay it out this way.

Now, because I Do is all lace, it needs a really good blocking stretch. And because you want the vertical blocking to be uniform, you want to stretch out a tube. The pattern suggests pinning the slit closed. I thought the embroidery floss was a sturdier way to accomplish that.

Vicki also said she was suprised by the tea dyeing turning out pink. I have to admit I was a little suprised by it myself. Now, it’s not a soft baby pink, but there’s definitely red tones there. The thing that surprised me the most, though, was that I got the opposite results I expected. The Earl Grey tea was slighly yellow when I put a thin layer on a white plate; the Lemon Zinger was reddish. I’m pretty sure I didn’t mix them up, but because I’ve abandoned the tea-dyeing idea, I’m not going to run a second test.


  1. Vicki:

    It took me a minute, but I get it now. Thanks for the explanation. Wow, I was quoted twice :)

  2. Flying Pizza:

    Ah, that makes so much more sense. When you wrote “slit” I thought you meant the slit to be sewn, not the opening. Thanks for the answer! I thought I had missed somthing!

  3. amy!:

    Well, gee, Vicki. It’s not like I’m the New York Times!

  4. Lisa S:

    Tea for staining/dyeing? Good old crappy Lipton…black tea, the old fashioned kind that is best sipped English style in a mug with milk and sugar. No need to use pinky finger tea for staining…just the cheap stuff.

  5. chatsquad:

    congratulations for your I do shrug!! I’m afraid of blocking mine…I hope it’ll be less difficult than I think …(sorry, I’m french…my english isn’t very good…)
    the tea which has benne made for a long time became pink with the oxydation (the result of the contact with the atmosphere, especially the oxygen, do you understant what I mean?)I’d the same result with others tyed stuffs…pink is also beautiful….

  6. Jen:

    I’m Jen, and I’m here to say that the shrug came out FABULOUSLY. Tragically, I didn’t get to wear it on The Big Day, because at first I was too warm to need it, and by the time I got cold, no one was sure where it was. (Wedding-day chaos, it was crazy!) But I wore it to breakfast the next day, where it received many admiring and awed compliments, and out to a fancy dinner during my honeymoon, where it looked SMASHING with my slinky black silk dress.

    One project note–I had asked Amy to make the sleeves have a slightly smaller “bell,” which she did without complaint, and I think they came out perfectly–and plenty belled–that way. AFAIK she did one less pattern repeat. It really looks perfect. Thanks again, Amy! You are a genius knitter and a fabulous friend!

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