Since I finished the front of the sweater, its on to the final piece: a sleeve. This has been going relatively fast since it isn’t as wide as the body but I’m still starting to feel a bit burnt out with this sweater. I really want to be done with it- and I want the weather to cool off so I can wear it!
I’m about halfway done with the sleeve (the pieces are short because the shoulder hangs down a bit) and after its done, I just need to sew the pieces together and knit the neck!
I started on the first sleeve a couple of days ago. I love how quickly it goes compared to the back panel. I can already see how much better I am at knitting since my first sweater- my increases are actually pretty even this time compared to before. I know I’m not even half way done with this sweater but I’m really excited to wear it!! It’s so much more fun to have cables to do instead of endless stockinette stitch…
Here’s a quick update on how my sweater is coming. I’ve finished the front, back, and a sleeve, and I’m working on the second sleeve now. Then its on to garment construction (which I’m slightly terrified about but we’ll see how it goes)
The front has some colorwork too. Instead of a fancy pattern, this is a big block of color. The method is known as intarsia (look at all the cool words I’m learning). Here’s a look at the front: Continue reading
So after my post yesterday and with the arrival of my new books, I decided to give continental style knitting a try. The Principles of Knitting was very helpful on this subject. It gives plenty of pictures as well as about 10 variations on both English and Continental styles. Since the penguin was done, I decided to give it a try on the second sleeve for the sweater I’m making.
Now, I am extremely right handed- my left hand is practically useless when it comes to anything other than typing or playing flute. I cast on and did the first two rows normally. Then I switched the yarn to my left hand. Oh dear. I moved at a snails pace. I couldn’t get the tensioning right (generally it was too loose) making it difficult to wrap the yarn around the needle for each stitch. To be fair, I probably picked a terrible stitch pattern to try this out- I started knitting the ribbing at the base of the sleeve. This meant that I was constantly switching between knit and purl stitches.
After wrestling with it for a while, I started to get the hang of it. I can definitely see how it could be faster and more efficient with practice… a lot of practice. This is how much knitting I s able to do in an hour:
Still, like I said, I’m starting to slowly figure it out. I would really like to try out some Fair Isle knitting so I plan to keep practicing so I can hold one yarn color in each hand. All in all, a good trick to add to my repertoire!
So, since I’ve been knitting for a couple of months, I thought, “Hey, I can knit. Why don’t I try a real project! Everyone knits sweaters so it can’t be that difficult, right?”
That was on Thanksgiving. It’s been a couple of months and I’ve been through a few additional projects but I just have to keep coming back to this sweater. I’ve finished the back and one sleeve and I’m working on the front. I found the pattern at Lion Brand yarn’s website. They have a ton of free knitting and crocheting patterns so I’d highly recommend it to anyone.
The pattern is called an Alpine zip-neck pullover. You can find the full pattern here
The materials needed are:
Size 5 needles
Size 8 needles
A 10″ athletic zipper
5 balls of wool-ease yarn in Oxford grey (the darker color)
3 balls of yarn in Grey Heather
Note: with multiple balls of yarn, make sure that each color group comes from the same dye
lot. Otherwise, your sweater will have random sections of slightly different colorations
I’ll talk about the sleeve today.
Here’s the pattern:
With size 5 needles and A, CO 48 (50, 52, 54) sts. Work border same as back, end with a WS row, end off A. Change to size 8 needles and join B. K 1 row, inc 1 st at end of row-49 (51, 53, 55) sts. Cont in St st, inc 1 st each side every 4th row 16 (17, 18, 19) times-81 (85, 89, 93) sts.
Work even until sleeve measures 19½ (20, 20½, 21)” [49.5 (51, 52, 53.5) cm], ending with a k row.
Work sleeve pat as follows:
Row 1: With B, p across row.
Row 2: Join A, k1, *yarn back (yb), sl 1, yarn front (yf), sl 1, yb, sl 1, k1, rep from * across row. Row 3: With A, p1, *yb, sl 3, wrap yarn around needle, p1, rep from * across row.
Row 4: With B, k across row, dropping extra wraps to make long loose strands in front of work.
Row 5: With B, p across row.
Row 6: With A, k1, *yb, sl 1, insert needle from the front under the loose strand and k the loose strand and the next st as one, yb, sl 1, k1, rep from * across row.
Row 7: With A, k1, *yf, sl 1, p1, yf, sl 1, k1, rep from * across row.
Row 8: With B, k across row.
Row 9: With B, p across row.
Row 10: With A, k1, *yf, sl 1, yb, k1, rep from * across row.
Rows 11-20: Rep Rows 1-10, reversing colors.
Row 21: With B, p across row.
BO in k.
The pattern isn’t very difficult as long as you go slowly and make sure you understand what it’s saying.
Honestly, I’m excited to have a complete sweater done soon but I’ll warn you that knitting a sweater can be incredibly boring.
Well, this is the end of part 1 of the ongoing sweater saga.