A Knitting Puzzle
Okay. I’ve been knitting for a long time. I’ve been teaching for a long time. I pride myself on being able to figure out anything related to knitting. I’m the go-to girl of all go-to girls. You know the musical virtuosos who can look at a piece of sheet music and hear it in their minds? I’m like that with knitting patterns. I read patterns like Mozart read music. I can read the instructions, without even looking at the chart, and know what it’s going to look like, how it’s going to fit together. Mad skills? I’ve got ’em.
By, oh, my lovelies. I. Am. Stumped. We got a message on Facebook yesterday that read as follows:
“My best friend found this pattern in her deceased mother’s stuff and we have been trying to figure out what it might be. I was wondering if you would be able to shed some light. There is no pictures or even any name of the item. It reads as follows: Size 8 Needle – Cast on 240 sts with angora & K2 P2 as far as angora goes. Join main color & work 2 ½ in beyond angora then K2 tog. P2 tog. for one row. K2 P2 for 2 ½ in. Cast on 24 sts at the beg of the next two rows. Work even for 12 in then bind off 24 sts at the beg of the next 2 rows & work even for 6 in. Bind off (loosely?). Fold like a diaper and sew together the 2 parts you cast on and rest of seam.”
I’m golden from, “Cast on 240 stitches with angora.” I can rib with the best of them; no mystery there. Obviously she has limited angora and will use it as far as she can before switching to another yarn. “Join main color” is a little ambiguous, as there’s no indication of what color the angora is, but I’m figuring she just meant that angora was only meant to be trim, regardless of color. Then we drastically decrease the number of stitches by half. Okay. a little strange, but surely there’s a purpose and I can clearly see how it will look. Work for a while, then cast on some more stitches. Hmmm. It’s starting to look a little strange in my mind, and I can’t quite see where she’s going with this, but I haven’t totally lost faith. Bind off some on each end. Then work a little longer. Then bind off. Okay. it’s a strange, wide t-shaped section on top of an even wider ruffled base. It looks like this.
Now we get into the weird. “Fold like a diaper.” Hmm. I’m the oldest of five children and the oldest of 14 grandchildren on my mother’s side. I have 7 nieces and nephews and any number of young cousins. I used cloth diapers on my son. I’ve done a lot of diapering in my time. And I have no idea how to fold this strange object “Like a diaper.”
We have pondered and muttered. We’ve played with paper mock-ups. We’ve been wrestling with this for two days, and still have no definitive answer. We each have our pet theories. But I’d like to hear from you. What do you think it is? How do you think it’s supposed to go together? Please, help me out here. I’m a virtuoso. But I’m a baffled by this a Mozart would be looking at the sheet music for a jazz fusion piece.