Flight of the Milk Maiden

Or, Time Zoned Out

Or, More Marvelous Facts about the Human Body

When kept awake for 24 hours in perpetual artificial twilight on a long-distance flight with no real daylight stimulus, the body can knit for hours. Hours, I tell you. Tirelessly.

Of course I would never advocate taking unnecessary long-distance flights just to get a jump on knitting, that’s a bit too extreme; but wow, most of the body on a sportweight pullover done in one day! That’s amazing!

Here’s why my Milk Maiden pullover is now: body done, sleeves half done.

small body

I avoided all the fussy instructions around the neckline by knitting the body first and setting the sleeves in seamlessly. To shape the body I followed a CustomFit generated pattern up to the point where the bust ribbing starts. There I stopped making front increases, and just increased across the row as given in the Milk Maiden pattern. Then I continued with a twisted rib panel on the bust, bound off armholes after dropping faux seams to the bottom rib, finished the back in stockinette and finished the front panels in garter. When worn, the garter ridges get stretched and echo the thin vertical lines of the twisted rib on the bust, so the whole neckline looks cohesive.

small neck garter

Cuffs and hems are echo the bust panel in twisted rib, and are begun or cast off tubularly for more polish.

small rib

I may work a thin i-cord around the whole neck to make it look really polished. Or not. The yarn is Cascade 220 Sport in Pumpkin Spice, an interesting neutral which looks like brown with embers glowing from within.


7 thoughts on “Flight of the Milk Maiden

  1. Beautiful — I learn so much reading your posts! Tiny question: I didn’t quite follow when you said you “bound off armholes after dropping faux seams to the bottom rib”. Could you clarify?

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