I had some beige 100% wool yarn and decided to use that instead of the cotton it calls for. And then something happened…..see this post, I wanted color, bold beautiful living color!
OK, I had the pattern and the yarn, now ready to cast on! I knitted my gauge swatch, like a good girl should. Ready to go now.
Studying the pattern I kept thinking, it looks a little boxy, I’ll add a little shape to it, maybe some decreasing around the waist…..and I do so wish it was knitted “in the round” sweater.
My first sweater attempts were comical, several looked like they were made for Quasimodo, my next phase consisted of neck problems, I couldn’t get my head into the neck or the neck was x rated. I was apparently knitting for an entire sideshow.
Then I discovered Elizabeth Zimmerman! Amazingly, I could knit sweaters to fit, and I loved it! Like a good mystery, you have all of the info (no important information with held) and the end falls into place nicely, with a twist or two, so it’s not predictable. I was in love with making sweaters!
That durn Gauge is the most important element in knitting, it cannot be overemphasized! This is a good site to explain gauge.
On Plurk on day, I was lamenting my dilemma of how to fit the sweater when Diva Knitting (website here), suggested a top down pattern!! Thank you! I found this online, “The Incredible Custom Fit Raglan Sweater”.
Knitting from the top down is great! While loving knitting in the round EZ style, she knits from the bottom up. When knitting from the top down, I can try it on as I go. and adjust. So far I love it, and would make more sweaters in the method.
The peace sign about half way done, soon to start the body and put the sleeves on stitch holders.
Well fast forward to May, yes the sweater “rested” for a bit. But when I picked it up, it was a quick knit to finish the sleeves and the body.
Adjustments I made:
1. Used the Top Down method, see above references, for a better fit. Including some body shaping.
2. Being a “pear” I was afraid of the rolled hem on the bottom of the sweater, so I changed it to a k1, p1 hem.
3. I used the I-cord bind off on the neck and sleeves, the neck the 3 stitch I-cord and the sleeves the 2 stitch. I found these on You tube. This is my new favorite way to bind off! Thanks to iknitwithcatfur for her I cord bind off tutorial video (3 stitch I cord), and stell66 for her 2 stitch I cord bind off tutorial video.
I love the pattern and how it turned out!
And by the way, look at how long my hair is! Now to anyone having long hair they will laugh, but my hair hasn’t been this long since the 80’s. Thanks to the Henna, of course I didn’t fix it for the photos, so better photos to come!
Shows the front peace sign.
I’m happy with the fit!!
On to the next sweater….