Pride goeth before a fall, so I’m not going to claim to have mastered the 4-row twisted stitch pattern for the Trellis Top. (But I did.) I watched all four episodes of Unorthodox while knitting this pattern, and I’m more than ready to move on to the next stage of the proceedings.
The next stage of the proceedings is the neck hole. This is where the knitter has to stop multi-tasking, sit up straight, and pay attention to the pattern for a few rows.
All three of these things are challenging for me. I prefer to do my knitting while watching TV, slouching, on autopilot. That is what makes it so fun.
Neck hole in formation, nearly complete on the right. I love the line of SSK decreases, 2 stitches in from the neck edge: smooth.
I am itching to get beyond the neck hole, and into the festive, sunny atmosphere of working applied i-cord, with amazing buttonhole feature, all the way around the edge of this top.
This will be the first time I have made buttonholes by leaving gaps in an i-cord edging, and I am PUMPED. I dithered for a couple of seconds about seaming the sides of my Trellis Top, for a less tabard-y look, but I couldn’t stand to give up the opportunity to make i-cord buttonholes. When will I get this chance again? I have to grab for the gusto.
It is taking every ounce of will power that I possess to finish working the neck shaping instead of shoving the stitches onto holders and starting the i-cord.
I already put a marker at the starting corner.
The i-cord party starts tomorrow. Stay tuned for exciting i-cord action.
P.S. Up top is Carol Feller’s video tutorial on the magical i-cord edging. Here’s part 2 on the Trellis Top’s i-cord buttonholes:
And here’s how to work the left- and right-leaning twisted stitches that form the trellis stitch pattern (starting around minute 3:00 of the video):
(The same twisted stitch technique is used in both the Twining Wrap and the Trellis Top.)