It is the trinity/popcorn stitch. There was a thread on her awhile back about this hat, but i can't find it at the moment. Do a search for Starlet (that's what she named it) under the Completed Projects board and you should see a less slouchy version with a tute, as well.
It's lacy and if made with varigated or self-striping yarn it produces a diagonal stripe. If you scroll down there is an example of it done in Noro. I used some varigated yarn to make this and was suprised that it held my attention and loved the fact that Icould customize it's length to fit the limited amount of yarn I had. That's my two cents.
Despite all the writings about meticulously tested patterns in this book I have found an error in the leaf-paneled sweater. At least I'm pretty sure I did.
Here's the deal, there are two reverse stockinette panels seperating the panels on the front and sides. Things were cruising along really well (too well, apparently) and then I started shaping the armholes. Here is what was the pattern instructed me to do:
Row 1 (WS): K2, work left leaf panel, sm, k2tog, k18, work right leaf panel, k2, work left leaf panel, k18, ssk, sm, work right leaf panel, k2 Row 2: Work even in pattern Row 3: Work decreases as for Row 1 Row 4: Work even in pattern Row 5: Work even in pattern
Repeat these five rows until there are two stiches remaining before and after each leaf panel.
So five rows means that the next time I work row 1 I will be working the RS and that does not look good (Believe me, I tried with disasterous results.)
That said, given that I'm not having a blonde moment (totally possible, but I thought I mastered the whole even and odd thing sometime in elementary school) does anyone know if there is an errata floating around there for this book? I've looked everywhere I can think and am left with nothing more than a WIP and a confused look on my face.
I'm a symmetry freak so I did ssk on one side and k2tog on the other. I did do my descreases one stitch in from the edge to keep it neat, but there were people who did all their decreases as k2tog or ssk. It's kind of up to you, but I believe most people (including rtrgrrl) did ssk then k2tog. To pick up the stitches for the hood you have two options. First, you can knit the body pieces as normal and then once they are seamed up take the longest circular needle you can find in the appropriate size and insert the needlein the center of the first stitch, just below the BO edge from front to back. Wrap your yarn around the needle and pull it through. Voila you've picked up one stitch. (Re-reading that makes it sound WAY more confusing than it is so I would actually recommend watching a video of it being done. There are a bunch out there, but I can't remember where right now). You can also slip the stitches to a holer and pick them up later and start knitting the hood. I'm afraid that might leave some wonkiness along the seam, though. I picked up the stitches and it added some structure and stability so I would recommend picking up the stitches, but it all comes down to what you want to do. Hope this helps!!
I did have a question about the patter, as I am a fairly beginner knitter........
for the back (which will be the first piece i should knit, i assume...) it says
Continue raglan decreases as follows: Dec at each end every other RS row 10 times. (If more length is required, inc. number of repeats)
so do we decrease by 10 sts? or decrease some number of sts for 10 times?
You will decrease by a total of 10 stitches. You'll decrease one stitch at the begining and one stitch at the end of every other RS row. So two stitches per row * 10 total decreases = 20 decreased stitches. It's sounds a little harder than it is. This was my first non-accessory, too and it was SO easy. It only took me about a week to finish it and I love, Love, LOVE the FO.
There's a jacket in loop-d-loop by teva durham that I think has a lot of the elements you're talking about. I don't have the book and can't remember the name of the pattern but it was beautiful so that could be a good place to look.
I have the book and it's pricess cut cardigan?? I do know that it is not on her website to purchase as an individual pattern, but way back when there WAS a KAL for the book when it first came out so there might be a FO in there. The fit on that one sounds exactly like what you are looking for. I'll check at home and post the right name a little later.
zknits, you totally got me off on a tangent (shhh...don't tell my boss). I just finished madly searching the internet for more info about the new editor because I remember reading something about her and immediately thinking that this could be bad, really bad. That said, here is what I learned. The current editor was basically promoted to editorial director for all seven of their magazines. The new editor is their old Fashion editor, Adina Klein - A knitter with crochet envy. So, who knows she could totally suprise us and take it in a whole new direction, but if she's already in charge of their fashion, which as previously established I'm just not feeling, I'm really afraid that she could make somthing not so good even worse. Plus, it will beinteresting to see how her penchant for crochet comes across, too. I'm not trying to be negative by any means, but I really miss the VK of old, or at least the one I remember and desperately want it to return. IK is a whole other story; I have immense respect for Eunny and she really seems to have her finger on the pulse of the knitting world. My rant....is over.