Knitty's Deep Fall 2011 issue is out today, which brings with it the second (and blessedly final) installment of the Weldon's Practical Knitter baby doll ensemble, the first part of which appeared in the previous issue.
A prominent feature is the looped edging that gives the otherwise simple bonnet a bit of kaboom.
Weldon's was on a loopity-loop kick at the time. In the twenty-sixth series of Practical Knitter (from whence come the doll clothes) the technique is featured repeatedly. Good thing, too. The pattern I was working from omits the key maneuver that prevents the whole thing falling to pieces when you shake it. A comparison with a pattern for a woman's coat–on the very next page–showed me where the error lay.
Once I had the knack, looped knitting wasn't difficult, though I wouldn't want to edge an entire coat with the stuff. It's certainly eye-catching. Tom was transfixed when he saw it.
"What the heck is that?"
"Another piece for Knitty."
"One of the antique ones?"
He pondered the narrow, furry strip trailing off the needles.
Tom doesn't knit, but at this point he's heard (ad nauseam) about Fair Isle knitting, Faroese knitting, Estonian knitting, Latvian knitting, Portuguese knitting...
"What do you call it?" he said. "Because it looks like Brazilian knitting."
Nota bene: If you don't get it, darling, I'm afraid I am not going to explain it to you.