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April 15, 2007

Airport Knitting

On Friday, for a variety of unrelated reasons, I spent 7 hours in the LAX airport with a broad sampling of humanity.  Needless to say I had plenty of time to knit, read, people watch, and drink several Starbucks beverages.  Plenty of time in fact to finish a pair of  Baby Bell Bottoms for nona-niece-the-newest.  These adorable pants were quick and easy to knit.  I used Rowan's Calmer -- remember the swatch -- and love the soft stretchy feel of the fabric.

What girl doesn't need a pair of denim bell bottoms?

Time for a quiz.  Look carefully at these pants, sleutful reader (click on the picture for a larger view).  Can you see the texture difference between the legs and the body of these pants?  Do you know the cause?  Answer reveled tomorrow...

April 15, 2007 in Knitting for the nona-nieces | Permalink


Seems like in the round versus flat knitting. Being stuck in an airport all day sucks. I hope you were able to make it to your destination in one piece.

Posted by: Lauren | Apr 15, 2007 11:35:06 AM

Regular stockinette (top portion of the garment) versus twisted stockinette, perhaps?

Posted by: scribblearts | Apr 15, 2007 11:54:28 AM

Is it knitting in the round versus knitting flat? I'm assuming that your purl rows are making the different texture to the pattern.

Posted by: Brenda | Apr 15, 2007 12:10:39 PM

Twisted st st on the legs? I know I'm not the first to guess, but that's what I think it is.

Posted by: Susan | Apr 15, 2007 12:50:24 PM

I vote for knitting in the round vs. back-and-forth flat. Crazy what a difference there can be.

Posted by: becky c. | Apr 15, 2007 1:11:38 PM

I vote for back and forth flat (legs) vs in the round (body). Crazy difference!

Posted by: Andrea | Apr 15, 2007 1:41:08 PM

Different size needles!

Posted by: Richelle | Apr 15, 2007 1:50:04 PM

Knitting in the round in the upper part and back and forth in the legs, at first I thought it's a different size needles but the flat vs. round makes more sense to me.

Posted by: Rachel | Apr 15, 2007 2:03:03 PM

I'm guessing round vs flat knitting, as there seems to be an inseam on the legs. I hope you made your destinations OK!

Posted by: Brenda | Apr 15, 2007 2:11:45 PM

Twisted stitches on the legs? Cute cuffs!

Posted by: Mary de B | Apr 15, 2007 2:19:34 PM

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Posted by: Edu | Apr 15, 2007 2:44:41 PM

I'm going to go with knitting flat versus in the round, but it could be one too many of the aforementioned Starbucks beverages. See, it's usually the vodka tonics in the airport that causes the change in texture for my knitting.

Posted by: Ava | Apr 15, 2007 2:51:32 PM

might be flat vs in the round, but my suspicion is it has to do with english vs continental or something

Posted by: callie | Apr 15, 2007 3:47:57 PM

or could be knitted in different directions. not sure since the pic is kinda distant

Posted by: callie | Apr 15, 2007 3:49:05 PM

round Vs flat--slight change in gauge, with all knits vs knit 1 row, purl 1 row.

i find if i gor from standard kniting to:
Knit 1 row, then knit it backwards, (from left needle to right)
then to knitting in the round, the 'line softens' and is less noticable.

Posted by: helen (of troy) | Apr 15, 2007 4:06:21 PM

Yep, I concur with all the folks saying in the round vs flat!

Posted by: Lynn | Apr 15, 2007 4:15:59 PM

I was going to say in the round versus flat. But then again, that's a long time in the airport. Did you get angry about delays nearer the waistband?

Posted by: Wendy | Apr 15, 2007 4:18:02 PM

I think you knit the top part top-down (possibly with provisional cast-on so you could do the casing without seaming) and the legs bottom-up (ditto for hems) and then grafted the legs to the body, thus avoiding bulky seams.

Were you in LA for Nona-son final decision college visits?

Posted by: Kiyomi | Apr 15, 2007 5:59:10 PM

My guess would be round-vs-flat, except that it doesn't look seamed. So I'm going to go with a possile change from knitting in the round on a single circular for the top, versus dpns or two circs for the legs.

Posted by: Country Mouse | Apr 15, 2007 6:47:49 PM

Legs knit flat and hip area knitted in the round -- plus maybe you were knitting continental where the difference in your knits and purls might be more emphasized than your usual method?

Posted by: Laura | Apr 15, 2007 9:41:45 PM

I'm guessing stockinette vs. garter. Just to be different. Plus I looked at your swatch, and let it influence me :-)

Posted by: Anne | Apr 15, 2007 11:51:04 PM

Duh, waiting time on the airport sucks. But you obviously made the best of it.
For the reason of different texture: I guess you used different needles. Not different sizes maybe, but maybe dpns vs circulars or even just different material, bamboo vs metal for example. This would be just the kind of thing, you are likely to observe - and surprise us with.

Posted by: carola | Apr 16, 2007 3:18:20 AM

My first thought was different needles as well.

Posted by: Mary | Apr 16, 2007 5:32:10 AM

I'm concurring with the straight vs. circ voters, plus maybe needles of a different material.

Posted by: Mary K. IN Rockport | Apr 16, 2007 6:21:18 AM

I assumed it was a turned under hem.

Posted by: ninaclock | Apr 16, 2007 6:45:48 AM

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