Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately--it's crunch time for me in school, I'm planning for a move across country and a summer abroad (June-August in Sydney--any crafty people want to hang out?) I've been procrasti-knitting quite a lot lately, so I'm nearly finished with the body of my Joy cardigan. It's looking good so far, and I'll try to post photos soon. I also figured out my next project--the Hayfield Sweater at left. I got the pattern from Yesterknits a while ago. I'm going to make it up in a yellow cotton blend (Mirasol Cotanani). I'm so excited about this one! It's pretty quirky with that cravat, but I think it will suit me perfectly. I also have a million ideas for new sweaters to design on my own, but I think I'm going to hold off on that until after I stop moving around in September or so.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I just purchase my second knitting book by Elizabeth Zimmerman, Knitting Without Tears. Although the name makes it sound like it is strictly for beginners, don't be fooled! Zimmerman discusses a variety of techniques useful for beginners and the experienced alike. I'm looking forward to trying her invisible cast-on and the afterthought buttonhole. The real reason I bought this, though, were the clear instructions for how to knit seamless raglan, saddle shoulder, and other sweater styles in any gauge. I'm going to be reading this carefully before I start on my next pattern project, which will [hopefully] be a hybrid of an asymmetrical yoke and seamless raglan sleeves. I've been trying to figure out the geometry of it in my head, but I think I'll need a pencil and paper for this one!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Shalom measurement schematic. All measurements taken with garment flat, front edges overlapping. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have trouble figuring this out or you need any additional information.
Compare the measurements above to your favorite fitting yoked sweater. Figure out where you would like to add/subtract stitches and rows.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Things have been pretty busy here for me, so I apologize for the continued delay in me making a measurement schematic for Shalom. It will happen, I promise. I just wanted to make a quick comment on the sleeves, as I have noticed that several people have been confused when knitting this part of the pattern. If you take a close look at the pictures of the sweater, you will notice that the sleeves are designed so that they are quite a big larger than my arm. I wanted them to stand out quite a bit to form almost a triangle shape, rather than fitting the upper arm--as one would expect for most sweaters. If you're not into this type of fit, then I would suggest reducing the number of stitches you bind off for each arm opening, and/or reduce the number of stitches you cast on beneath each arm opening. The former will reduce the sleeve size and increase the bust size. The latter will reduce the sleeve size and decrease the bust size.