One hundred fifty-six stitches on each needle to start, heaps of patience, lots of breathing and caffeine, about eighty-five inches of yarn and it all turned out equal!
There was a lot of joy here this morning when the last of the matching one hundred fifty-six stitches was grafted together. Let me tell you straight out. That's a whole heap of kitchener stitching. A whole heap. I am exhausted.
But getting to the end and seeing those final stitches match up with no left over "oops" was a thrill. I didn't even have to fake anything. Does this mean that I have skill?
The skirt is nearing completion. Click on this photo to enlarge the unblocked grafted seam. There is a needle jammed in the stitches so that you can follow the seam. Once blocked, I am certain that this will truly be an invisible join and the skirt stripes will be visually unbroken.
Can I hear a Hallelujah!
In addition to the joy of a well grafted seam, I am pleased that I remembered to weave in ends as I knit this beauty. Just look at these tails. A simple snip and the underside will be a work of art without all that extra fiddly needle work.
Enough celebrating for now. There are still one hundred eighty bazillion stitches to pick up around the waist and a casing to knit.