The Coronation Knits Blog Tour stop-over at tomofholland was accompanied by a giveaway of a copy of Coronation Knits and enough Juno Arts Fibre Belle yarn in the Heart on my Sleeve colourway to knit the Diamond Stole that features on the front cover:
After my tutorial on the elegant decrease used in the Diamond Stole, which made two stitches out of three in a very pleasing and symmetrical fashion, you could enter the competiotion by telling me what your favourite decrease was. Here are the results, some people mentioned more than one decrease, others didn’t specify a particular decrease, but K2tog was the clear winner here:
K2tog (knit two together): 13
SSK (slip one, slip one, knit together): 8
S1, K1, PSSO (slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over): 6
CDD (centred double decrease): 4
S1, K2tog, PSSO (slip one, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over): 3
K2tbl (knit two together trough backloop): 3
“Anything with a slipped stitch”: 2
Diamond Stole 2 from 3: 2
P2tbl (purl two together through backloop): 1
SSK as slip one purl-wise, slip one knit-wise, knit two together: 1
And I learnt something new, too: according to Margaret Stove via Jean Miles: “the stitch the needle enters first, is the one that winds up on top.” The only exception to this rule I can think of is a rarely used decrease as it’s quite laborious: slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, slip both stitches back on the left needle (this just changes the stitch orientation), purl together through backloop. This is a decrease you can use if you require a left-leaning decrease with untwisted stitches, worked on the wrong side. I learnt this from the Myrtle Leaf Shawl with Willow Border from Victorian Lace Today, where you have shaping on all rows.
And now for the winner: I used a random number generator to pick a post:
And the winner is:
Sue Schwarz, who likes the symmetry of using a K2tog and a Sl1, K1, PSSO opposite each other.
Sue, I have contacted you by email to ask for your delivery details. I will pass these on to Susan Crawford and Juno Fibre Arts.