Try On

tryon.jpg I’ve been diligently working on the bottom rib but keep making the same decrease mistake, argh! Definitely time to put the needles down and do something else.

Here’s a quick snap shot of me trying it on. It seems a little tight at the hips even though I did do four extra increases just before starting the rib. I’m hoping that the tension will relax a bit (as noted in the pattern) once I wash it.

girl_knitting.jpg Knitting the torso of the top-down pullover seems to take so long now that I’m working the bottom rib. I just spent 15 minutes ripping out a row because I forgot to do a decrease. This is definitely one of the biggest disadvantages of knitting in the round.

This picture is from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number LC-USZ62-126794]. I came across this web site after doing a google image search on knitting.

Round or Flat ?

I’ve picked up the top down pullover project this week. I placed it on hold while I considered whether the bottom part of the body was going to be wide enough. circular.jpg I finally came up with a silly idea on how to test the width. Since this sweater has a slight hourglass body (width is same at the under arm and lower torso), I tried on the sweater upside down. I did feel quite silly doing this but, … oh well.

When I first started this sweater I suspected that I might prefer to knit sweaters in the round. At this point, I find that each method has advantages and disadvantages, the decision of which to use depends on the pattern.

Flat Round
can hide yarn ends in seams yarn ends might be more obvious
easier for intarsia easier for Fair Isle
easily match stripes around body stripes and patterns can jog
less area to rip out when errors more area to rip out when errors
seams might add bulk no or few bulky seams
must take care that rows match between pieces might involve steeks or some flat knitting
many seams to sew few seams to sews
harder to fit during construction can try on during construction
more armhole shaping possibilities limited armhole shaping possibilities

Tripping

Sunday night I tripped over the cord to my modem and broke the USB connector. Now that I have a new modem, I’ll be more careful not to keep computer cords strung around the dining room.

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I noticed that purlwise got mentioned on livejournal knitting community yesterday. I’m still trying to figure out what livejournal is and how it is being used. By coincidence, last week I stumbled upon advanced knit community for the first time. I like their slogan, “We know that stockinette curls”.

I was having trouble with the edges of my sweater so I took a couple of clips off the refrigerator to keep it tame while I snapped a picture. Afterwards, I went ahead and transferred the stitches to two circular needles so that I could accurately measure the width of the sweater. When it was on one circular, the loop wouldn’t lay flat which made it difficult to measure close to the needle. It looks like the sweater isn’t going to be wide enough so I’m calculating where to add more increases.

In the Round

td_start_botton.jpg It’s been so easy to work on this sweater during my bus commute and at home that I’m finding it hard to get motivated to work on other projects. The Christmas stocking that I started last week will probably not get done this Christmas. I’ve been too busy to spend time concentrating on an intarsia project this week but will probably have time during the Christmas break to work on it.

Speaking of intarsia, Pricilla Gibson-Roberts had an article in the winter issue of Interweave Knits about a new intarsia-in-the-round technique that I’m interested in trying. While this technique probably won’t work for my current stocking project, it probably would have worked for my last one. Maybe after my current projects are done, I’ll have time to make the footlets in her article.

Now that the increases are done, the front and back have been joined by casting on additional stitches at the bottom of each armhole. The pattern suggested using a crochet chain as a base for the new stitches. I had some left over mercerized cotton yarn that worked well this purpose. I believe this slippery cotton yarn will be easy to pull out when I need to pick up those stitches.

Raised/Lifted Increases

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The underarm shaping for this sweater is done using raised/lifted increases on each side of the front and back, at least that’s what the pattern implies. It says, “Work increases as k2, k1 in left side of st below, k across to last 2 st, k1 in right side of st below of next st, k2”. Although this is the first time I’ve used raised increases, this description just didn’t seem right. After checking several sources, I confirmed that the pattern incorrectly mentions which side of the stitch from the previous row to raise. Here’s how I’m doing it.

Increase stitch count by raising one side of a stitch from the previous row. These increases will slant to the left or right depending on which side of the stitch is raised. At beginning of next knit row knit two stitches. Now add a new stitch by using the right needle tip to raise the right side of the stitch below the one on the left needle onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch. Continue knitting across the back/front side of the garment until two stitches remain on the left needle. Now add another stitch by using the left needle to raise the left side of the stitch two rows down from the stitch on the right needle. While this new stitch is on the left needle knit into backside of it so that it doesn’t cross. Knit the next two stitches to finish the row. Note that the left increase is raised from the second row from the needle so that the increases end up on the same row.

While The Principles of Knitting has the best description and diagram of this increase I also found a good description in the Fall 2003 issue of Knitter’s magazine.

Working for Nothing?

Did anyone catch Andrei Codrescu’s commentary on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday? He drew an artful analogy between a spider in his yard and bloggers. During the commentary he called blogs “a graphomaniac’s perfect outlet”. Well, this blog certainly doesn’t have a graphomaniac behind it. I confirmed that fact by actually having to lookup graphomaniac in the dictionary.

td_tophalf.jpg This knitomaniac is making progress on the current project. I took a break from the open twisted rib stitches and started the back. Soon I’ll be shaping the armhole. Eventually the front and back will be joined so that the rest of the body can be knit in the round. I love the fact that there will be no seams to weave.