I’m about to start sleeve 2 of my Hana Pullover. This means I’ve knit all 8 of the cable charts!
You know what I think of this design (I love it, intensely)—but I’ve been wondering, what does it think of me?
I sat down for a few minutes with my Hana Pullover-in-progress.
Kay: Hey, Mr. Pullover, how are you today? May I call you Hana?
Hana Pullover: I’m good, thanks. I’m a little anxious about my upcoming trip through the washing machine and dryer after I’m all sewn up, but you seem really confident about knitting me with Rowan Denim, so I’m just going to trust that you’re not over confident about it, you know?
Anyway—there’s not much I can do about it. I am an inanimate object. This whole conversation is in your head.
K: Really appreciate you agreeing to talk with me. First question: what’s your favorite cable on yourself, as knit by me?
HP: I’m gonna go with this skinny one right here:
K: That’s the easiest one! It’s a column of 1 x 1 twists that stays the same throughout the whole chart. That’s your favorite?
HP: Well, you never messed it up, and it has a nice ropey vibe to it. I give you an A on it.
K: OK, so let me ask you this. In which cable do you see the most growth by me as a knitter? In other words, where did I shine?
HP: It’s gotta be this nutty little so-and-so, in which each of 3 stitches does its own thing, for its own reasons, and one of them is a purl:
HP: It was adorable how you had to look that one up, each and every time, on the whole back of the sweater and then for half of the front. I thought you were never going to be able to do it by yourself, but at some point, the penny finally (finally!) dropped. Well done you! I mean, I would’ve thought that would have come a bit quicker? But well done nonetheless—it looks great.
K: Where did you feel like we were working the hardest, as a team?
HP: It’s got to be this allover Belgian waffle fabric:
On paper it’s so simple—alternating left and right crosses, really basic stuff—but it seems like “left” and “right” are kind of a coin flip for you, Kay. I was actually impressed that time when you did two left crosses in a row. You didn’t notice it until the next repeat, but then you undid the cable, dropped down 6 rows, crossed it correctly—twice!—and picked the stitches all the way back up. That was your finest hour, for sure; I had to hold back the tears or my excess dye would have bled.
K: It’s true: that was kind of a high-wire moment for me. Well, it’s been terrific talking to you, Hana, have a great day.
HP: You mean we’re not going to discuss You Know What? We’re just going to skip over The Incident and make like it never happened?
K: I’m afraid we’re out of time! Take care, Mr. Pullover!
HP: No no no, hold up. You’ve been knitting for several decades at this point (or so you say), and yet you managed to fail to knit two *more* repeats of this allover branch-y cable pattern.
Instead, you knit two repeats in total and bound off, wove in the ends, and washed and dried the piece before realizing you were missing one repeat. What the heck kind of a rookie pattern-reading mistake is that?
K: We’re going to have to leave it there, I’m afraid. Thanks again Hana Pullover, you’ve been a great guest.
Knit Night in Nashville
Our first event at MDK World Headquarters in Nashville! At 3:30 on Saturday, October 2, the whole place turns into a hangout with snacks and bevs and shopping and time spent in the company of knitters.
It’s shaping up to be a lot of fun, so if you’re in the area, or want to come to Nashville for the weekend and make Knit Night a stop in between boot shopping and hot chicken, come on! Sign up here. We’ll be wearing masks and asking everybody to show their vaccination cards.