I finished Anya (!).Â I repeat, I FINISHED ANYA!!
It is not the best, but it is definitely not embarrassing either.Â I just could not stand the thought of being beaten by a sweater!Â I wet blocked it — blocking the bajeezers (sp?) out of the sleeves.Â I sewed it together yesterday and finished the neckband last evening.Â I kind of like the way the neck turned out.Â I am still not totally happy with the sweater, but it is wearable.Â Â I have a few last touches and then FINIS!!
Here is a close up of the neckband, which looks a bit squished because this picture is from my scanner:
I do like the way the neck turned out.Â With this type of neckline (mock turtleneck), there is often a problem: when it’s big enough to go over your head, it looks too big when it’s on.Â I developed a bind off technique that helps with this — at least I think I developed it, because I have not seen it anywhere.Â
Susan’s Elastic Bind Off:
K1, *k1, YO, slip first 2 sts over YO; rep from * until 1 sts remains on LH needle, bind off normally.Â
NOTE: When you do the YOs, hold the yarn across the needle to the back so the other sts have something to be slipped over.
I usually work this from the WS, not in pattern but as to knit (as shown in the picture).Â The bound off edge has a slight stretch so it goes over your head easier.Â I know many people use EZ’s sewn bind off to get a stretchy BO edge, but this yarn does not like being pulled through anything (as I found out during the mattress seam phase!).
Here is a close up of the sleeve cuff:
I crocheted a chain to weave through the cuff at the point where it hits the wrist to tighten it — I wanted it to definitely look like a ruffle and not likeÂ I have the world’s longest sleeves.Â The sleeves are the perfect length — they are just too narrow — and I added 8 sts to the pattern.Â The sleeves for all sizes were the same (?!) and very small at that.Â I also do not like how the raglan turned out at the top (my fault).Â I should have fixed it, but I did not feel like taking it apartÂ at that point.Â
It is wearable.Â It’s kind of cute, but not great.Â What more can you expect from salvaged goods?