It’s Not Just Me

I know, I know, I haven’t written anything for a whole week – didja miss me? – but it’s mainly because my journal subscription to Catherine Lowe’s couture knitting workshop arrived and I’ve been more-or-less submerged in it.  This stuff is GREAT.

The title of this post refers to the fact that it’s apparently not just me that gets all wound up about excellent knitting, and the technical aspects thereof.  It’s not even just me that writes waaaaay too much on the subject.  No, if you thought I was bad about being able to ramble on and on about knitting minutiae:  try 28 pages on selvedges alone in the first volume.

Six pages of nothing but selvedge stitch patterns.

OK, the pages may be only half-letter size — but the typeface is tiny, too.

I can hardly wait to find a place to use this one:  "Penultimate Chain St Selvedge", for use "along unshaped or moderately shaped edges for vertical joins when working at a fine gauge or when bulk at the seam is not consequential".

Yeah, OK, but I just like the name.  It comes very close to my favorite multisyllable word that I swear I’m going to include in a knitting pattern someday, which is:



Well, let’s break it down.

  • "ultimate" refers to the last one of something, so
  • "penultimate" refers to the next-to-the-last one of something;

and if you throw an "ante" on there, meaning "before" or "prior to" (as in "antebellum"), you get

  •  "antepenultimate", meaning the one before the next-to-the-last one.


Think I can’t find a use for this in a knitting pattern?  Think again.  In fact, think toe shaping.

"Knit to the antepenultimate st; K2tog, K1."


  2 comments for “It’s Not Just Me

  1. Sheryl
    10/08/2008 at 7:56 AM

    Sounds like a great tutorial on selvedges is in the making . . . .

  2. Patricia
    10/08/2008 at 8:51 AM

    Great fodder for tutorials. If you put “antepenultimate” in a pattern I’ll resign from the cupcakes!

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