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December 10, 2006

From Susan — The Raising of Titanya

Filed under: Anya,Updates — lv2knit @ 11:38 am

I finished Anya (!).  I repeat, I FINISHED ANYA!!

It is not the best, but it is definitely not embarrassing either.  I just could not stand the thought of being beaten by a sweater!  I wet blocked it — blocking the bajeezers (sp?) out of the sleeves.  I sewed it together yesterday and finished the neckband last evening.  I kind of like the way the neck turned out.  I am still not totally happy with the sweater, but it is wearable.  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.  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.  I developed a bind off technique that helps with this — at least I think I developed it, because I have not seen it anywhere. 

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. 
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).  The bound off edge has a slight stretch so it goes over your head easier.  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 like I have the world’s longest sleeves.  The sleeves are the perfect length — they are just too narrow — and I added 8 sts to the pattern.  The sleeves for all sizes were the same (?!) and very small at that.  I also do not like how the raglan turned out at the top (my fault).  I should have fixed it, but I did not feel like taking it apart at that point. 

It is wearable.  It’s kind of cute, but not great.  What more can you expect from salvaged goods?



  1. Love the mock tutleneck ! Will try the elastic bind off. Susan, did you move the free pattern for your small beaded bag? Hoped to make one for a gift and can’t find the instructions. Kathy in MN.

    Comment by Kathy — December 10, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

  2. U sell yourself short! Really, it looks just as it should… pretty… now what’s in the works?

    Comment by Michelle — December 10, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

  3. The neckband looks good. The sleeves are gorgeous. The colour, stunning! Now, what did you say was “wrong”?

    Comment by Marina — December 11, 2006 @ 7:12 am

  4. Susan- I think it’s very creative. But I understand when something doesn’t live up to your standards, you just want to be done with it.
    Still, it looks successful from here.

    Comment by Lorraine — December 11, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  5. Really lovely work, Susan. I love the neck ribbing you’ve done. Nice work … now you can put that puppy to bed.

    Comment by Annie — December 12, 2006 @ 8:46 am

  6. It all looks good to me. I’d love to see a finished picture of the sweater on. I’ve considered making this sweater for myself.

    Comment by Wanda — December 12, 2006 @ 10:41 am

  7. That’s beautiful! You’re way too modest! And thank you for sharing your BO technique!

    Comment by Carol — December 12, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

  8. love the collar, and the color!

    Comment by vanessa — December 12, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

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