Audrey – or aka Schokoladenkuchen

This was my  Audrey last Saturday:
audrey body
A weeks worth of holiday knitting. Not too bad. I was really motoring along in downtime and enjoying it.

Gudrun‘s Audrey is a really quick  – easy and satisfying. Another recommend. The lace would be a perfect beginner lace project -so simple to produce and yet so pretty.lace
Two micro-mods only. No waist shaping and I decided to change the seam from a purl stitch to garter to test out how a single garter stripe looks after seeing a beautiful jumper which is being knit in a stitch that alternates these rows with stockinette (in German called Säumchen…not sure what it is called in English), and I wanted to try it out!
Very pretty, no? I will definitely use this in future for texture as it is so easy and subtly pretty.

I got a little bogged down on the shape of the short row sleeve caps. I was given a bit of a kindly heads up from the secret benefactor who gifted me the jumper (thank you again!) that the caps were a bit sharp.

So before attempting my first knit down sleeves with short row shaping thought I would do a bit of research. What I kept seeing the projects were bumpy shoulders like the one below in the promo shot:
audrey shoulder
One person had modified her rows to be less steep and had given brief project notes on her mods , but I just couldn’t figure it out. I hadn’t done the technique before, myself, so was not sure of what she meant! Poo! So I took a bit of time and used the handy free charting programme Sconcho to work it out.

This is what the pattern short rows looked like, visually, at the top. My simple mod is below. (aren’t the little charts pretty?)
sleeve cap
In the images you can easily see how the arc of the shoulder is rounder in the second with my stitch modifications. This seems to have done the trick for this yarn. In future I might try a little wider yet on the top row, starting with 12 sts and working down.

For those who prefer text instructions:

Row 1: knit 5 sts past shoulder marker, w&t
Row 2: purl across stitches just worked and 5 sts past the stitch marker on other side, w&T
Rows 3-11: repeat rows 1&2, working 2 stitches past the w&t on each row, w&t (3 sts past including the w&t)
Rows 12-: drop down to only 1 sts past w&t until all but underarm sts have been worked.

You can get Sconcho at SourceForge for your own charting needs. I find it very useful for charting out stitch patterns that have been supplied in text only and getting a visual on what is going on.

Oh. And did I mention it is free?  ;-D
(I’m not affiliated with SourceForge, by the way! Just very grateful.)


13 thoughts on “Audrey – or aka Schokoladenkuchen

    • Thanks ladies! The charts do look fancy, don’t they? But so simple to do, once you get a hang of a few little weird things about the programme.

      I hear you, Sally! So have I. I need to see things visually, and charts are a must for complicated stitch patterns. Don’t know why designers aren’t more aware of this!

  1. Ooh good spotting and fixing of a pattern problem… very cool indeed! I think the Agatha that I’m knitting now is much wider along the top of the stitches. If that makes any sense, lol. I guess that means it’s even flatter than the Audrey, though it being in 10ply not 8ply probably makes everything different again anyway…..Yikes, time for bed, lol 🙂

    • Hah, told you it was time for bed. Actually, it starts with short rows of 13 sts. So being a chunkier yarn, I guess that is a wider short row. But not heaaaps wider. 🙂
      Anyway, they seem to look good. Can’t wait to see your Audrey 🙂

      • It is never time for bed when your yarn-y thoughts call you back! 😉

        Think flatter is definitely the way to go and 13 sounds perfect! I was planning 12 the next time around – two more than this attempt.

        You hit on something here that I was wondering about but was too lazy to think through properly (and still am! hah!).

        If you have thicker/thinner yarn how would you compensate? Would you widen more with a aran than you’d have to with fingering? Anyone out there know the answer?

        I would say yes…but can’t explain why I think that! It just seems like that would be right…the lighter yarns wouldn’t need as much help as they would be more likely to conform to the shape of the arm (within reason)??

    • I don’t know about you, but I love the process! It is such a relief after all the raglans I have been doing, mostly as I am avoiding seaming. 😉

      I actually have that book as well – got it for xmas but haven’t made anything from the book yet. Is your project from this book?

      I did check it for a solution on the cap issue, but she doesn’t really go very in depth on the processes… I suppose since she has provided so many charted variations for gauge!

      Thanks for the link, Swantje. Off to check it out…

      • Sorry, I wasn’t very clear… the link sheds some light on how to work the sleeve caps when you do them AFTER knitting the front and back (picking up your stitches around the armhole). The BW book only explains how to to work front, back and sleeve caps together, hope that makes sense now.
        My project ‘My Red Rag’ is not from the book, I wrote the pattern myself, knitted the sleeve heads/ caps 3 times (still not brilliant) and then decided to leave them as they were… and only after I had make the decision, I came across the link and the book… so – next project will be a BW top down set in sleeve. I love her pattern books, and I love Elizabeth Zimmermann’s work. I have knitted several jumpers using her percentage system. ‘Knitting from the Top’ seems to have been written in the same kind of spirit – once you understand the principles it is easy to write your own pattern according. And usually they fit very well! Good luck!

        • Not a worry! I got your gist just fine. I will definitely take a look at how to do it all at once. I still can’t decided if I like top down or bottom up better, but am totally clear that the less seaming the better. Heh.

          Let me know how the patterns from her book work out for you…I have a bunch of stuff to get to before I will try one, so it might be a while.

          Enjoy your red jumper!

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