Practically the same thing as being done

Things are ticking along here at Knitting to Stay Sane. My purple-grey cabled sweater cabled sweater project is just awaiting some photographs and then its hopeful pattern release before the end of the month, and even though it doesn’t quite seem believeable…I am almost finished the Ossel dress.


Yesterday I reached the armhole decreases for the front, and now that I compare it to the back and see how little knitting I actually have left before I start sewing it up, it’s pretty amazing. Knitted grey dress here we come! Winter isn’t going to be done with us any time soon as it turns out, so the whole idea of covering myself in wool from the knees up is alllll going to come together. My evil plan is working.


The front, mercifully enough, has a cable panel running all down the front (as do the sleeves), which makes for interest but also more structure and stability. The back panel on the other hand (above), is all worked in moss stitch and has reminded me that all-moss-stitch knitting tends to bias and turn out all slanty and weird. It’ll all come out even once I block the snot out of it, of course, but I don’t actually know why moss stitch does that except to say that, well, moss stitch does that and it’s normal and don’t worry because that *%#!’ll block right now. It’s back-and-forth not in the round and each row includes both knit and purl, so there should be the same amount of tension in each row, and the wool is plied not single-spun. Does anybody know why moss stitch does this? My Google-Fu failed me on this one.

Anyway, I’m almost done dress which in my mind is practically the same thing as actually being done, so my goal is to get this done by the end of the month as well so as to not give myself time to falter right before the finish line. New projects await!

Happy knitting this Thursday, knitter friends!


Pattern: Ossel, by Allison Green for Twist Collective
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, #8401 Silver Grey





  1. so warm and cozy! A few more months of winter to enjoy it, I am sad to say,

  2. Perhaps it is an exponential sort of thing with the slant. Maybe you knit slightly looser than you purl? I know they should “technically” cancel each other out, but maybe just enough to make it a little wonky? Maybe if you switched from continental to English every other row? This is just a shot in the dark of course. Maybe the twist of the yarn has something to do with it? It’s super awesomely beautiful work you’ve done there despite the slant! I cannot wait to see the finished project! I did find this blog entry online that hypothesizes why you might get the bias but no actual definitive answer there. Perhaps what she says may jog some idea from your brain that will be the answer. Tis a mystery to me!

  3. Bekki Hill · ·

    Great to hear you excited about being nearly finished. And beautiful despite the slant, which I’m know wracking my brain about – whatever happens in the process should be equal and opposite. Tis a mystery!

  4. It’s just another one of those “mysteries of life” like why when we put 2 socks in the washing machine, only one comes out ….. xx

  5. Thanks to Sue linking to my blog (Dissemiknit), I have found yours and I am just as lost as you are why moss stitch biases! I’m still making the same double moss stitch sweater in a variety of yarns. I am going to use the matching double-knit scarves to test what could case the biasing, but I haven’t knit a stitch in the last month or so! I will try to remember to come back here if I find the answer and let you know!

  6. […] on my blog and discovered my post contemplating Unexplained Bias was linked to in the comments of someone else blogging about this curious phenomena. Then I remembered I had a draft sitting here from the end of January, […]

  7. I read somewhere that purl stitch generally has less tension than knit stitch (just the nature of the stitch). I imagine this has some affect.

  8. That looks great! It will be wonderful to wear, I’m sure 🙂

  9. My grandmother always used a different size needle to purl with, but I have no tension difference… I have no idea why it would get that wonky, but I hope it doesn’t turn out to be a problem in the end.

  10. Woohoo! I have knitted myself one dress (Melvie, all stockinette, not quite as ambitious as Ossel), and would love to have another. I can’t wait to see your Ossel all finished and keeping you warm–maybe it will inspire me to do another dress for myself!

  11. the idea of covering yourself in wool does sound pretty amazing right now!

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  13. That much moss stitch is just mind boggling. It’s going to be so beautiful, warm & snuggley once finished though.

  14. ideasdept · ·

    This is pretty awesomesauce.

  15. I have a hard time sleeping when I am near the end of a project. I just have to get to the end before I can sleep.

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