April 07, 2004


Well, darlings, looks like it's Dinner with Tiffany tonight - hope you don't mind...

Since I'm waiting for my Calmer to arrive, I thought I'd jump in with a spare skein I found lying about the flat, and give those DREADED DECREASES a once over.

TSK, tsssk, I read the pattern and looked at the pictures and don't think the given dart solution is as elegant as it could be.

A dart on a retro fitted garment such as Audrey exists to enhance your feminine charm. Since the fabric knitted with this yarn is so spongy and springy, it provides needed definition to the waist and blooms back up toward the bust area to provide ease and shape to the sweater.

Here's what I came up with...

What is happening here is a Double Decrease formed by a K2TOG followed immediately by a SSK on a pair of knit stitches. To start, you take one purl stitch from each side of a knit column and decrease it with a knit stitch.

The purl stitches dissappear under the knit stitches and then the last knit stitches follow under for a double decrease.

I didn't show the total number of decreases the pattern calls for - AND - in this version, the bottom decreases are exactly mirrored on the top increases, which lean left or right in the proper direction to give a very smooth flow.

Be sure to join me for a Happy Hour in the next couple of days - I'll post a chart to illustrate how to cha-cha your way right through this...

TA TA - off to the races...

Posted by Tiffany at April 7, 2004 08:01 PM

OhMY, Tiffany, what an ELEGANT solution! I have to admit, on my longggggggg drive to and from work today, I was pondering the whole dart question and what it was that was bothering me about the given ones in the pattern, and I love your solution, and am very much looking forward to "Happy Hour" for you to show us -- along with cocktails, of COURSE!

Posted by: Norma at April 7, 2004 08:37 PM


Those decreases look GREAT! Thanks in advance for providing a chart. I guess it's good I'm still waiting for my Calmer, so I can see all these possibilities before I start... (at least that's what I'm telling my impatient self ;-))

Posted by: JennyW. at April 7, 2004 10:30 PM

I love the way that looks!!!! Great work! Fabulous idea!

Posted by: Keri at April 7, 2004 10:48 PM

A decreaser after my own heart - you do Ms. June Hiatt proud. I am now happy that I haven't gotten a jump on Audrey so that I can benefit from all this experience....

Posted by: Julia at April 8, 2004 12:07 AM

Tiff, darling -- that's simply divine! What an elegant solution to a knotty problem. The cosmos will be my treat when happy hour rolls along. And perhaps I will share an alternate solution that I am thinking about as well.

Posted by: Theresa at April 8, 2004 01:02 AM

Aaaaaaaah...a far more elegant solution to the proposed decreases, and something that blends in superbly with the 2x2 ribbing because it doesn't cut off the pattern so abruptly. Alas, the appearance of the decreases themselves are what put me off, not the waist and bust darts. We NEED the waist and bust darts to have that "hugging the waist look" everybody yearned to wear in the 50s.

If you do single decreases in the waist dart we may need to work them over two consecutive rows, or do single decreases in the dart and near the selvedge, as the proposed decreases in the pattern are double decreases...

So glad I waited until we had breakfast with Tiffany and talked shaping before casting on for my Audrey, dah-link!

Posted by: Becky at April 8, 2004 01:17 AM

Wow, what an excellent idea! That looks great! I was a tad bit nervous about starting as I don't have any solutions for the stitch issues that have popped up. But every time that I check out this site someone manages to share a brilliant idea with the masses or just shares some info on their personal road to Audrey that is extremely helpful.

Thanks so much for your post! This Audrey A-Long has definitely pulled in a wonderful circle of knitters! I learn something from every post and comment!

Posted by: froggy at April 8, 2004 04:32 AM

That's a very elegant solution, Tiffany, which Audrey herself would be proud to wear. Much smoother than what the pattern calls for.

Posted by: Anne at April 8, 2004 06:49 AM

AH, mon petit fluer, Becky! That is the Beauty of it -

Those ARE Double Decreases on the Dart! That is why it symetrically changes shape on both sides.

When you make the first K2TOG, one stitch is decreased. This is immediately followed by a SSK on the next two stitches. Another one bites the croissant!

VOILA! Two stitches decreases = Double Decrease!

Posted by: Tiffany at April 8, 2004 07:45 AM

Tiffany, those decreases are positively lovely! The curves of the ribbing will accentuate the curves of the sweater-wearer, rather than having those rowan decreases that stick out like a sore thumb. What a smashing solution, dahling.

I guess the advent of such a solution helps make up for the fact that I STILL don't have gauge. I ran out and bought the Denise needles, and they're great with the calmer, but my gauge was still off on a 9US! Could I really need to knit this with a 10US? Swatch #5 looms tonight... I'll have one heckuva gallery when the process is over.

Posted by: AnnM at April 8, 2004 08:59 AM

Oh criminy! Now I'm going to have to rip. Stunning decreases, Tif!

Posted by: Leslie/Nake-id Knits at April 8, 2004 11:28 AM

ahhh, very clever tiffany, very clever indeed. now, i need to redo my swatch, because i did not get gauge using bamboo needles!

Posted by: elisabeth at April 9, 2004 06:47 AM