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Bad Ass Dragon Sweater- The Beginnings

After taking measurements from a favorite store-bought sweater and ordering "the softest and fluffiest yarn ever," I've finally settled on a motif – dragons!  I wanted something to wander up the front of the sweater but didn't really want anything floral or too sweet.  This is where Pinterest comes in really handy!  I've been collecting… Continue reading Bad Ass Dragon Sweater- The Beginnings

design, sleevecap, sweater

Plotting a Succesful Sleeve Cap- What a Learning Curve!

After four separate attempts, I've finally produced a wearable sleeve cap!  It's a little embarrassing that I totally overlooked taking the around-the-arm shoulder-to-shoulder measurement and kept producing silly narrow sleeve caps, but at least I figured it out!  In case you missed it, you can catch up from my previous post, the sleeve cap nightmare.… Continue reading Plotting a Succesful Sleeve Cap- What a Learning Curve!

blocking, design, sweater

How Do You Really Block a Sweater?

As my newest sweater piece came off the needles, contradictory advice on wet blocking swirled in my head.  I've been on a bit of book binge and have purchase some new knitting books:  "Finishing School" by Deborah Newton and "Knowledgeable Knitter" by Margaret Radcliffe. Ms. Newton is a pattern designer and declares that "less is… Continue reading How Do You Really Block a Sweater?

design, sweaters

After-Thought Set-In Sleeve Is a Success

For the most part, I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants knitter.  When I finally reached the arms on my newest sweater, I decided at the last minute to try out a new-to-me sleeve technique that I refer to as the "after-thought set-in sleeve".  After seaming the shoulders, I picked up stitches around the armhole and knitted an arm… Continue reading After-Thought Set-In Sleeve Is a Success