Done

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Yes, it’s done!

Am I happy? Yes.

What do I think about my first boxy style pullover?

It’s comfy to wear. Fourteen inches of ease might have something to do with that.

It was a lot of knitting. I was amazed when I weighed it and it only weighed 400g. It felt like it should have been more than that. The yarn is a cotton/linen blend by Sugar Bush called Cabot.

I really like the 3/4 length sleeves. Actually, what I really loved was that the sleeves where so nice and short, LOL. Maybe you can relate?

I would change a couple of things next time.

I would slope the sleeves to match the shoulder line.

I worked shaping on either side of the back panel. I like it.

Next time I would work the decreases and increases inside the pattern itself. Then the panel would have an hourglass shape. I feel like the back on these sweaters needs a little distraction from all that stockinette fabric.

I’m happy with my experiment. Will I knit another one? Maybe.

Cheers, Deb

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Stages of sweater making

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There are distinct stages in sweater knitting – places where you can take a look and feel satisfied with your progress. A good thing too because a sweater is a long project. Taking the time to sit back and congratulate  yourself makes it all worthwhile.

Getting started with all the adventure ahead of you – that’s the easy part.

There’s a point where it seems to become a sweater and not some random bit of knitting. For this pullover, it was joining it up at the bottom of the V.

Trying something new is also fun. The idea to work the steeks was not what I had planned for this construction. But why not?

Getting the sleeves done is always a  relief. Once the sleeves are there it really is a garment. These are 3/4 length so not long at all. Yay.

Now I’m coasting down to the bottom and wondering how long I really need this sweater to be. I’d like to be done. This is where I need to buckle down and keep going.

I’m so close to being finished. Now I’m looking to cast on something new. Hmmm.

Cheers,  Deb

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Did the Steeks work?

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I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath to see if picking up around my steeked sleeve opening would hold as I knit my sleeves. You haven’t?!

Well, I was holding my breath, even as I did it. And, guess what, I found one more skein of the pink. Yay.

On the inside you can see the crochet work I did and the cut ends.

On the outside, the pick up is very neat and tidy. I picked up 3 stitches for every 4 rows.

One 3/4 length sleeve finished. I have to say that this construction sure makes short work of sleeve knitting. I love that.

As I approach the end of this large experiment I cast on for a new project. I’m holding it as a carrot in front of this sweater so that I get it done.

I can’t be the only one who does this, am I?

Cheers, Deb

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Summer knitting

I hope you are doing some summertime knitting. I am almost finished my third skein of cotton.

Hmm, it looks like it must be more yarn than that, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s the end of the 4th skein. It might have been an idea to take note of how much I had when I started. Notes?! Ha.

That’s the last of the pink, unfortunately. I’m still stash busting and using what I have on hand. I have one skein of gray to finish. So that’s next.

I’m knitting up the pink as fast as I can. I really want to pick up around my sleeves. I’m going to do some sort of short gray sleeve. Yarn is running out. Yikes.

What is your summer project?

Cheers, Deb

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Two steps forward and one step back

I’m glad I celebrated finishing the lace section of my Corbis sweater because, you guessed it, the one step back part is coming up.

I finished the sides, working the German Short Rows. I was very pleased with it. Then I measured the width and maybe you guessed it, too small. At least it would have fit pre-covid but not now. I’ve bumped up a size and well …

I spent an afternoon outside on my rocking chair ripping both sides out. Sigh.

Now I am redoing both side panels with a larger needle. One side is done and the second side will be finished shortly. Yay. This is a big win!

That’s the quick story of this sweater. I’m still looking forward to finishing. It’s going to be terrific.

Since I don’t work on only one project I’ll give you a quick update on my top down slope-shoulder sweater. I finished the sleeve steek knitting.

If you haven’t done a steek before, this is my method, working from the top down or the bottom up. At the beginning of the sleeve opening cast on 5 steek sts. Knit round and round to the finished length of the sleeve opening. Then cast off the 5 steek stitches.

I find this makes the machine stitching of the steek much easier. That’s coming up soon but for now I’m going to continue working the body round and round.

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am, ha, ha. Cheers, Deb

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Celebrate as you go

It has occurred to me lately that working on two pullovers at the same time is not the best idea I have ever had. It seems like very little progress is made on either one. I am missing that satisfying feeling of getting something done. So today I am celebrating getting the lace section of the Corbis Sweater by Natasja Hornby DONE.

The left side is on waste yarn. The right side is ready to work. Short rows here I come. I’m excited.

My other project, the slope-shoulder pullover, is also coming along slowly. I decided to take MP’s advice to keep knitting and see how I felt about continuing or if it was time rip it out. It felt good so I’m carrying on.

I solved the problem of the centre front join by working a 6 stitch cable. That divides what was the beginning and the end of the rows when I was working the top of the yoke flat. The beginning of the round is still in the centre front, which is a little weird, but this is working.

Next is the long section for the sleeve openings. Usually you would work the front and back flat for the length of the sleeve opening. I had a car trip coming up (navigator and passenger only, of course) so I decided to continue to work in the round. It’s easier to be looking at the right side all the time. Not so much attention needed. This requires a steek. Eeek, a steek!

Yes, I’m going to cut the fabric to make the sleeve openings. To get started I cast on 5 sts at the end of each of the shoulders. These 5 sts are my steek stitches and the hole makes the machine sewing easier to work. Then I will cut. I can’t wait. I love this technique.

Lots of excitement to come. I’m looking forward to feeling like I’m getting somewhere on these two projects.

Cheers, Deb

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Decisions, decisions

My fascination with slope-shouldered sweaters is not new. I have been checking them out for several years – at least I’m pretty sure I have – since I found the beginnings of one in a bag I haven’t looked in for quite a while.

There it was, all the instructions written up in a little book too. Obviously a more than normally organized time in my life.

This is done in the contiguous manner: increase 2 stitches on each shoulder on every row. I used a Kf/b (knit into front and back of the same stitch) and Pb/f (purl into back and then front of the same stitch) as my increases for the right side and the wrong side rows.

This first sweater has several problems.

  1. When you join it up in the round to work the body wider, will working the Kf/b on every round look the same as the previous increases?

2. The broken rib pattern begins at the front edge when worked in rows. That makes the beginning of the round in the centre front when I joined it up. Oops. The pattern won’t match exactly on either side of the centre front. Argh.

3. I’m not sure working the I-cord for the neck edging was so smart. Again joining in the centre to work in the round is problematic.

OK, that’s enough trashing of my poor prototype sweater.

Now, onto what to do with it.

  1. I could continue to work it to my size, knowing it has several problems. Hmm, why not? No one knows but me, oh and all of you, of course.
  2. I could rip it back to the width of my shoulders and make it a vest. It could have a scoop neckline then instead of the V. It still has problems but …
  3. I could, of course, rip it all out. Ouch.

Do you have any thoughts? Right now I’m just taking it out of it’s bag and looking at it. Maybe it has some thoughts?!

Cheers, Deb

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Sloped shoulder sweaters. Are you a fan?

I’ve been checking out the sloped shoulder sweaters for a while now. There are many variations.

Have you done one of these? What did you think of it?

I am knitting the Centerpopover which is this one. We’ll call it #1.

Would you call this a batwing or a dolman style pullover? The shoulder line is extended out past the body. The long sleeve would extend straight out from the extension. When blocked, I think the long sleeves would slope down slightly.

I blocked mine and stretched the shoulder line. I wanted the sleeves to come down my arms to form short sleeves.

Here is #2. This one has some shaping. The shoulder line is again extended past the body line but then decreases are worked along the sleeve opening. The sleeves would definitely extend the shoulder slope.

Would this one also give you a batwing/dolman look? You could definitely work decreases in the body below the sleeves to get that effect.

Then we have a simpler style with a straight body line. #3

The sleeve would angle down a bit when worn. At least I hope it would.

And for #4.

A straight body line again. Short rows are worked at the top of the long sleeves so that they match the shoulder slope.

I’m finding all of this most interesting. Have you knit one of these? Did it work for you?

Cheers, Deb

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CenterPointPopover

Happy long weekend. I hope you are enjoying some knitting. I have been busy knitting the vest version of the Centerpointpopover by mamasteddybear. I’m going to show you my progress. My vest doesn’t look nearly as neat and tidy as the pattern photo below but that’s life as a knitter.

I’m very interested in these sloped shoulder top down knits that I keep seeing. So I thought I would start with a small project just to see how it looked on me. This one was terrific fun to knit. It starts with the Front which looks like this:

Then the Back begins:

Here the back of neck is the correct width and the stitches are put on spare yarn. Now the front and back get attached at the shoulders and the shoulder shaping begins. From here it looks like a knitting blob and is not worth photographing. You know how that goes, right? You just have to keep the faith that it will turn into something.

Body shaping is done and one sleeve worked and it’s clear that it is a garment.

This is the true colour of the popover. I don’t know why my phone insists that it might be blue.

Now I have the other sleeve done and a short bit for the body length.

I haven’t bound off the bottom edge yet because I would like it to be longer. I washed and blocked it with 2 circular needles still holding the bottom edge open.

I gained 3″ in length from the blocking. Yay. Just what I wanted. It’s drying now. I have to finish the neck edge and cast off the bottom and then we’ll see. I’m going to go do something else now. Standing and watching it dry does not seem to be moving things along any faster.

I really enjoyed knitting the Centerpointpopover. This is a very inventive construction and you know how I like that. I would recommend it.

Cheers and here’s hoping you are knitting something fun too. Deb

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Looking back from the Finish Line

I finished my last Saddle Up pullover. I started with this design idea as a pullover for my son. It has a complicated 32 row centre cable pattern that I thought reflected his passion for skateboarding.

My son likes it.

Caught him at work to get some photos. I think it fits very well.

I had to do some ripping after the first fitting. The back was flapping around his hips. This seems to be a problem with oversized pullovers for men. So I took out the garter border at the back, worked 3 sets of short rows, went down a needle size and knit the border again. Now it’s narrower and voila …

I think that fixed it. Yay.

Now onto something new I think. Cheers, Deb

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