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posted by [personal profile] piglet at 07:55am on 28/01/2012 under
Emboldened by having finished Racy Sweater, I have gone back to my tessellating fish afghan. *TEARING MY HAIR OUT* over this stupid pattern.

Started with http://knitting.livejournal.com/5714491.html several years ago. Because I have limited patience for seaming, I rejected whole-cloth the idea of knitting separate fish and stitching them together. Fish strips, I cry! So, I design the fish upside down, for knitting tail to nose. 4 fish into one strip, I decide *that's* too much seaming, and I should work 4 fish across in my strips.

Now I put the patterns together, right-side up and up-side down, and line them up. A-ha! The *real* problem with the fish pattern? Is that the stitch count drops in the middle. The shared stitch count across a pair of heads and tails is 29 stitches. In the center of the fish body, we are down to a combined stitch count, across 2 fish, of 26 stitches. 26!! 10% of our stitch count, down for the count!

So now I'm redesigning the fin?! 13 rows for the fin, forming an inverted triangle of stockinette within a garter body. And, fuck it! As long as I'm redesigning the whole damn thing, why don't I try moving the increases back into the middle, as in the original design? They might look better (central body dec/inc along a spine being more biologically suggestive), and she moved them in to solve a curling problem that I don't expect to share.

So, here's the pattern so far (pre-fin-redesign): | == change yarns

co6 | co 23
K6 | K23
K1, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K17, K2tog, K1
K8 | K21
K1, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K15, K2tog, K1
K10 | K19
K1, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K13, K2tog, K1
K12 | K17
K1, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K11, K2tog, K1
K14 | K15
K1, Kfb, K10, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K9, K2tog, K1
K16 | K13
K1, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K7, K2tog, K1
K18 | K11
K1, Kfb, K14, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K1
K20 | K9
K20 | K9
K5, P10, K5 | K9

*****************fin starts here**********************

K5, SSK, K6, K2tog, K5 | K4, RLI, K5
K5, P8, K5 | K10
K5, SSK, K4, K2tog, K5 | K5, RLI, K5
K5, P6, K5 | K11
K5, SSK, K2, K2tog, K5 | K6, LLI, K5
K5, P4, K5 | K5, P2, K5
K5, SSK, K2tog, K5 | K6, LLI, RLI, K6
K5, P2, K5 | K5, P4, K5
K5, SSK, K5 | K6, LLI, K2, RLI, K6
K11 | K5, P6, K5
K5, K2tog, K4 | K6, LLI, K4, RLI, K6
K10 | K5, P8, K5
K4, K2tog, K4 | K6, LLI, K6, RLI, K6

*****************fin de fin***************************

K9 | K5, P10, K5
K9 | K20
K9 | K20
K1, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K14, K2tog, K1
K11 | K18
K1, Kfb, K7, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K12, K2tog, K1
K13 | K16
K1, Kfb, K9, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K10, K2tog, K1
K15 | K14
K1, Kfb, K11, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K8, K2tog, K1
K17 | K12
K1, Kfb, K13, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K6, K2tog, K1
K19 | K10
K1, Kfb, K15, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K4, K2tog, K1
K21 | K8
K1, Kfb, K17, Kfb, K1 | K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K1
K23 | K6
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piglet: crayon purple on white paper, me as drawn by my son (Default)
posted by [personal profile] piglet at 01:33pm on 28/01/2012
Ah! I am no longer tearing my hair out -- I have figured out how to evenly distribute the fin decreases:

1. -2 | +2
2.
3. -2 | +2
4.
5. -1 | +1
6.
7. -1 | +1
8.
9. -1 | +1
10.
11. -2 | +2
12.
13. -2 | +2

Which will generate a fin that is less of an equilateral triangle, but still symmetrical and possibly more biological. Knitting time!
piglet: crayon purple on white paper, me as drawn by my son (Default)
posted by [personal profile] piglet at 02:39pm on 28/01/2012
Okay! Have decided on this pattern for the fin section:

K5, SSK, K6, K2tog, K5 | K1, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K1
K5, P8, K5 | K5, P1, K5
K5, SSK, K4, K2tog, K5 | !?!?! REVERSE: K5, CCD, K5 … K6, RLI, LLI, K5?
K5, P6, K5 | K5, P3, K5
K9, K2tog, K5 | K6, LLI, K7
K5, P5, K5 | K5, P4, K5
K8, K2tog, K5 | K6, LLI, K8
K5, P4, K5 | K5, P5, K5
K7, K2tog, K5 | K6, LLI, K9
K5, P3, K5 | K5, P6, K5
K5, CCD, K5 | K6, LLI, K4, RLI, K6
K5, P1, K5 | K5, P8, K5
K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K1 | K6, LLI, K6, RLI, K6

Note the one open question -- what's a good increase to match a central chain decrease? 3 knit stitches -> 1K in a lovely strong diagonal....
holyoutlaw: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] holyoutlaw at 05:35am on 29/01/2012
I thought "tesselating fish afghan" was a phrase like "whiskey tango foxtrot" and kept trying to figure out what TFA stood for.

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