Friday, February 21, 2014
if you can call it progress i added another rib section. there are so many stitches at this point. as promised here is a look at the back of the seed band. on the front i put a purl stitch to separate the sweater from the band. which on the back makes a line of knit stitches. kinda resembles a sewn look when you make a facing. i went ahead and purchased the Everyday Pullover pattern. kept going back and forth between a cotton yarn and a wool yarn. casting on today. for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog. for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts. and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.
Friday, February 14, 2014
a bit late posting this week. as i had my own bit of trouble with the increases. first without consulting the pattern i knit 3 rib sections. only to discover i had skipped an increase row. maybe two of them. next i thought my "increases with pf&b" were too lumpy. i think Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn is just not a flat yarn and this problem would not be an issue with other yarns. but i chose it. for a good reason. so i must figure it out. redid on knit side but increased with "make 1's". found i did not like the way it seemed twisted. redid on knit side again but worked "increases with kf&b". not that clever of me. the pattern continues with this version. all of this happened. while i was waiting for another color to arrive. i picked "rainstorm" and it is simply a perfect navy. this one will have the pattern's seed stitch neckline. you just can never know at this point which you will prefer later. so i am just going to commit to both. did you visit Lisa this week. she started amd finished a pullover with cap sleeves. i was excited to find the pattern is ready. and plan to cast on a pullover soon. and i would say yes to a cap sleeve version with buttons. modifications: making 2 sweaters. one with rib at neckline. one with seed at neckline. 6 stitches for the seed button band. 6 rows for the seed neckline. extra 2 rows at neckline are just extra. so i can start the pattern at row 1. completed first increase one row earlier. i did place a purl stitch between the sweater and the band. will show you that next week. for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog. for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts. and for the pullover check the Everyday Pullover posts.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
sometimes the back is pretty awesome. Block 2 : Double Windmill. Wishes Quilt Along page. Kimberly's Make-A-Wish Donation page.
Monday, February 3, 2014
it's been ages since a sweater came off my needles. usually i make something and then blog about it. but i'd like to do this as i go. hello issues and modifications. hopefully. i will end up with a sweater i can wear. so here goes. things completed so far. purchase pdf file of pattern only. looked through stash because yarn you buy is yarn you like. i certainly don't have enough to make a sweater. Spud & Chloe in Sweater in Watermelon. (50% organic cotton / 50% merino wool). Juniper Moon Farms in Sabine in Limeade. (30% royal llama / 30% merino wool / 40% cotton). Brooklyn Tweed in Shelter in Hayloft. (100% TARGHEE-COLUMBIA WOOL) make a gauge. mine is awfully messy. pick yarn. going with Spud & Chloe Sweater. it's not a winter-wooly yarn. feels perfect for Spring. Sabine is soft and gorgeous. Shelter is rustic and interesting. i actually like all the yarns together. but admit i have a problem with focusing on the task at hand. i have used this yarn with #7 and #8 needles. but a nice firm guage was achieved with #6 needles. cast on. well make sure you have circular needles to match your gauge. i had to make an emergency run to the store. 10 rows done. and i have already made a few changes that's right. the nerve of me. modifications in the first 10 rows. edited see 2/14 post.
i swapped out 4 rows of seed stitch for 6 rows of rib.
and i swapped out 6 rows of stockinette for 4 rows of stockinette.
and i added 2 stitches to each band.
i think i will make only slightly shorter arms.
and swap out the rib for seed stitch at the cuff.
and well why not just swap out the rib for seed stitch at the hem.
anything else Karen.
well i'm either buying more and finishing it up.
with the Watermelon color.
or dipping into my leftovers to make it stripey.
will decide after i finish the yoke.
i picked up 2 circular needles because i really want to make both.
and on the next perhaps i won't make any modifications.
for more good stuff visit Lisa on her Polka Dot Cottage blog.
for more about the KAL check the Everyday Cardigan KAL posts.