The back piece of my dragon sweater is off the needles and blocked. I couldn't seem to follow my own directions and had to rip out the entire thing back to the underarm bind off. Apparently I cannot watch TV and knit at the same time. I've noticed lately that many of my favorite shirts… Continue reading Back Neck Shaping- A Stab In the Dark
New Yarn = Rethinking How to Plan a Sweater
After reading many gushing reviews on this yarn, I placed an order and waited *somewhat* patiently for "the softest and fluffiest yarn ever" to make it's way across the ocean and onto my front porch. It's called Air and it's by Drops out of the UK. Composed mainly of alpaca with some poly and merino… Continue reading New Yarn = Rethinking How to Plan a 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!
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?
Conspiracy Sweater- Free Pattern
An all-seeing eyeball floats above golden bricks and is all dressed up with a bow-tie! Whether or not you are familiar with the character of Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls, this sweater is an eye-catcher. 🙂 Lots of ease and full sleeve make this oversized sweater a very comfortable fit. This pullover is knit in… Continue reading Conspiracy Sweater- Free Pattern
Raglan Decreases- in Pictures
The arms are now joined to the body of the sweater and I've remember that 2 circular needles going from mid-arm to mid-arm make it much less tight when knitting through those initial sleeve stitches after the join. I wish I would've remembered that when I was knitting the baby skull sweater! I've decided to… Continue reading Raglan Decreases- in Pictures
A More Moderate Color Scheme
My family (husband and children) talked me off the 13-color fair isle cliff and into a more reasonable (and visually appealing) 7-color fair isle. It didn't take a lot of convincing because I wasn't completely sure I could wear such an eye-catching sweater around town. Hubby chose a complimentary color scheme of orange and blue with… Continue reading A More Moderate Color Scheme
The Bad Ass is Blocked
While this sweater turned out larger than intended, it still came together in the end. It's wearable. But, it's more like a 4T instead of a size 12 mo. At least the tyke should get some wear out of it eventually. Maybe next year. Or, the year after that. Black buttons are sitting on my counter… Continue reading The Bad Ass is Blocked
With only 20 rows of color work left on the fungus sweater, I've decided to put it away for a while. Yesterday, the birds were singing and the sun was shining and it dawned on me that I won't even get to wear my sweater until the fall. Maybe that is why I am having… Continue reading Moving On
Now that I've finally reached the armholes it feels like I will actually be able to finish this sweater. The plan is for a raglan sleeve and there is a 10-stitch steek at each armhole. I want solid black sleeves so those will be knit up separately and sewn into the arm holes at finishing.… Continue reading Sweater Update