November 9, 2005
I started on a sleeve for Demi. I began with this because, well, its less daunting than the front or back.
If you follow the pattern stitch for stitch, the edge stitches create a garter border. I much prefer seaming slipped stitches, so I slipped the first and last stitches on the WS purlwise. On the RS, I knit these stiches (the pattern says to purl them I think). This shouldn't affect anything, because these stitches are going to be in the seams anyway!
I am making the XS size Demi, which is a 36" sweater. And if it turns out smaller, that's cool too. I went down a needle size to get gauge, to 7s.
There sure is a lot of knitting and purling through the back loops in this pattern. Its a 1x1 twisted rib, where the knit stitches are knit through the back loop on the RS, and then on the WS, the same stitches (now purls) are purled through the back loops. Not sure if this is serving a purpose. It does mean that the WS is softer because the knit stitches aren't all twisty.