Old Friend Is the New Friend

By Kay Gardiner
March 24, 2022

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  • Eagerly awaiting to see if any of the jackrabbit knitters make a mod to the neck. Because I am not a fan of turtlenecks. But I am intrigued by the sweater.

    • I don’t like turtlenecks but I love a loose funnel neck so I’m not modifying. But I’m sure someone will!

    • Me too, Kirsten! Basically I have no neck so v-necks and crew necks work better for me!

    • I am also not a fan of turtlenecks and did modify. I knit the neck about half of the recommended length. It is still cozy but not in a restrictive way. I also did an I-cord bind off for the pocket so it wouldn’t roll. I’m thinking about two pockets.

      • I-cord trim for pocket(s): great idea.

  • Already so jealous!!! Old friend is on my list but the timing is not right for me to begin *and* I’m still not sure which color although for sure it will be something bright and cheerful as I spend my days in the front office of an elementary school (big grin) and my current favorite is Citron, but I sure wish I’d gotten a bundle of joy!

  • Would this be too difficult for someone new to “wraps and turns”?

    • There is a very good MDK post from Patty Lyons about short rows. PATTY ASKS PATTY ABOUT SHORT ROWS AND BIND-OFFS.

      Every time I do short rows it is new to me.

    • I have been very nervous about wrap and turn techniques too. Stitch markers have been a big help to me. I like Kay’s way of showing what’s been done. I also put a different stitch marker at the next turn point so I don’t overshoot.

    • And do mark each one as suggested. I’ve always marked mine – makes TV knitting so much easier.

  • Great timing! I’m almost to that section, and now I’ll have a bucket o’ stitch markers at the ready!! I agree that the color choice was a Big Deal. I went with Merlot, one of my favs and will also go with all the black in my closet also!

    • I’d like to knit Mabel in the color shown in the sample, which appears to be black. Atlas has no “black.” Is this Truffle?

  • Geez, what a great but so simple I should have known it, tip.
    I love doing wrap and turns but the hunt for them on return and second guessing adds so much time to my knitting. Too much time.
    Great tip.

  • That pocket is crying out to be done in a different color or as a patch of intarsia or fair isle…oh, the possibilities!

    • There’s an idea! Too bad Kay’s already knit the pocket, but she could do the sleeves in a different color. She could even do each sleeve in a different color — say, one in Wintergreen and one in Clementine. Oh, Kay…

    • Stay tuned for Sunday’s post!

  • ah, and ode to NYC black. One day, I realized I have a wardrobe of black skirts and black dresses (and I am not in perpetual mourning) and said to myself ‘enough.’ Time for some color. Some vintage styling. I’m trying. Of course, there has been nowhere to wear anything for two years now … and my Metrocards expired. Both of them.
    But I know you will accessorize with color!!!

  • Those bright stitch markers are an especially good idea with a dark color. You’re brave, knitting so much black!

  • To take the markers one step further……match the markers on each set of wraps. Knit across, wrap, red marker; purl across, wrap, red marker. Repeat with blue markers, repeat with green markers. That way you know at a glance how many sets are completed and you never have that sinking feeling of “Did I miss a wrap? Did I miss a pickup? Where the eff am I anyway?”

    • Love this idea!!

    • Smart thinking!

  • I too love to wear black. Your photos show that in Truffle, each stitch is visible: the stocking stitch is not a sea of ink, and this makes knitting in this favourite shade possible for those of us who can’t distinguish individual strands in true black. Very promising!

  • Just finished a class on the 4 ways to do wrap and turns: standard wrap and turn, Japanese, German (DS) and Shadow (which was new to me). The Shadow method is wonderful, you will never confuse the double stitch for anything else. Look it up on You tube it will rock your world.

  • Hello Kay! How many skeins did you need to knit this sweater? Thanks

  • A question about Atlas colors: will you be re-stocking those that are currently sold out? Or is this a “when they’re gone, they’re gone” scenario?

    • Restocks are coming. Navy and Cedar are already back after Field Guide subscribers got to them.

  • There are so many great tips in the letter and the comments! I have been on the fence about starting another project and might just have tipped.

  • Would love to do Old Friend top down on my Brother bulky

  • Great tips Kay. I can always use a little help.

  • This is on my list (I typed lust, but that is also true) As a black/grey girl, I’m trying to branch out. This written as I sit in black leggings and grey cabled Riasa, by Alison Green.

  • I love this pattern. But the events of the day have left me agitated. Until I read this post. Now I’m ready to knit and let it go. Thank you.

  • I adore black (NYC commuter) and detest my neck (never contemplated my neck until teaching on Zoom). Therefore I’ve learned to love turtlenecks and plan to knit this one sometime soon.

  • Boy, this monogamy thing is so difficult!!!! Can we make “omniknittery” a word? Thanks for another nudge for my queue….

  • Although I ordered Barn Red which is beautiful, I would have preferred the navy blue and are you going to have a wait list for the yarns that weren’t in stock ? And if you plan on such a list, how would I be notified when the was in stock ? I’m hooked on Atlas

  • What an awesome pocket tip! Am not fond of switching so this gave me the joy of playing with this lovely wool AND making sweater progress.. I did my pocket last night and now know that my size7 needle was spot on for gauge