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March 28, 2014

From Susan — My Lil Mønster

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:38 pm

Things kind of slip past me from time to time.  I finished a sweater quite a while ago and it languished waiting for the buttons.  I HAD the buttons.  I just needed to sew on the buttons.  Months went by and I finally put them on.  I also needed to block this bad boy but decided to leave it au naturel!

You may remember this:

We saw it is person at Needlework Unlimited last year and my friend Beth and I fell in love with it.  It is Dydsmønster by Bente Geil.  I finished the knitting in October!!  Sewed the buttons on in February, but am just posting about it now.  Better late than never!

I essentially re-knit this entire thing.  I had the “can’t read the instructions” problem.  I had the “I don’t like the sleeve decreases” problem.  And all this led to a lot of extra knitting.  But it is done and it fits and I like it.  The buttons are gorgeous and just the right color, but I think they are too small.  I may keep my eyes open for some that are slightly larger.

Back Neck Detail

The pattern does not call for symmetrical increases along the v-shaped inset, but I did them symmetrically — looked better to me.

The yarn is deceiving: it is very small gauge and quite soft.  It does the “thick-thin” thing and goes down to a thread at times.  I spliced in extra yarn quite a few times because I was afraid it would break.

All in all, I really like this one.

March 21, 2014

From Sally — It’s a Wrap Update

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 3:51 pm

I finally finished my Mary Tudor wrap. I don’t have great photos; my model is rather static. But I hope these give you the idea. The finished piece is about 73 inches long and 22 inches wide. I considered adding fringe, but I’m not convinced the wrap needs it. I’ll wear it and see what I think. I thought it would be too warm to wear this by the time I finished it, but sadly Spring has been willing to wait.

March 10, 2014

From Sally — It’s a Wrap

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 8:36 pm

As any longtime readers know, Susan and I both are fans of Alice Starmore designs.  We love the new Tudor Roses book.  I was especially taken with her reworking of Mary Tudor.  There was just one little problem.

I had already knit it in the original colorway.

How many Mary Tudor sweaters could/should one person knit? My solution: use the new colors but knit a stole instead of a sweater. I cast on enough stitches to knit 13 repeats of the design. I expected to knit those 13 repeats four times, but three turned out to be wide enough. (Yes, I’ll have lots of yarn left over, but that’s okay.)

It’s not quite finished. I’ve still got the border to knit and with over 1000 stitches picked up all the way around, it won’t be fast. Especially since it will involve fair isle and purling. With the border, and after blocking, I expect it to be about 68-70 inches long and 22 inches wide.

Here are some progress shots. The first is very true to color. The last two were taken after I cut the steek. The piece was still on the needles, however, so they don’t show the full length.

March 1, 2014

From Susan — Doomed from the Start

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 7:43 pm

Some projects get off to a rocky start.  We sometimes toss them and sometimes we persevere.  I had such a rocky start with this project that I really don’t know what possessed me to keep going!  I guess I kept looking at the picture and seeing a sweater I could wear to work and with jeans – cute and comfy and stylish.  Now that it is done, I will just say that it is wearable.

The sweater is Maestro by Heidi Kirrmaier.  I love Heidi’s (aka PipiBird’s) designs — I have made several of them.  A friend sent me a link to it, I had yarn in stash (Rowan Felted Tweed DK, in Avocado), and boom.  I had cast on in less than an hour!!  That was kind of a mistake.  Had I let it simmer a while and looked at other people’s projects, this would be a non starter.

Red Flag #1: I misunderstood the directions and knit the entire collar incorrectly.  Okay.  My mistake.  Start over.

Red Flag #2: There are weird “points” at the front neckline…I think they are there on purpose!  I did not like them so I ripped out many inches of the body and re-worked the front neckline.

Red Flag #3: Not sure I liked the short rows along the bottom.  I thought the look of the hem was cute, but worried that on me it would have a “droopy drawers” look, which I have already achieved to perfection!  I re-worked the hem without short rows, but retained the cutaway front.

Red Flag #4: Because I had not looked at Ravelry projects, I failed to notice that the fronts just have too much fabric!  I have nothing to fill it in, so it is ill fitting on me.

Red Flag #5: For a shawl collar to lay flat nicely, the back neck edge must have sufficient circumference.  This did not.  The outside edge of my collar was too tight, which caused the collar to pull up and the lapels to roll forward.  I was constantly tugging at it and adjusting and wearing pins…annoying.  So, I thought I would attempt what I thought would be an easy fix.  Is there such a thing???

Note: The collar is started by knitting a length of i-cord and then picking up the collar sts along the i-cord.

Red Flag #6: Note to self — if you are going to cut your collar to detach the i-cord, be sure to cut the right thread. Emoji

Red Flag #7:  You can add length to free standing I-cord, but attaching the live sts back is not so easy!!  I cut the sweater, placed the live collar sts on a needle, and then added 2-1/2 inches of extra length to the i-cord.  I put a needle along the i-cord in the exact position of where I had picked up the sts.  Plan A was to sew the live sts to the I-cord.  Plan A failed.  Emoji

Plan B Initiated: I decided to do an i-cord bind off along the live collar sts.  So, I cut off the old i-cord and started binding off, adding an additional row of i-cord every 4th st.  Then I grafted the live i-cord sts to the other edge of the lapel.  It worked.  The pictures below show before, during and after!

Cutaway Front

The sweater can now be declared finished, as am I!  After all that work and re-work, all I can say it that the sweater is “okay.”  Sometimes you really have to wonder!

PS – Now that I sound like a complete Debbie Downer, the point of all this is that I really liked the look of the design and was willing to work to obtain it!  Other people may have gotten there with much less hassle!!  I am recounting MY experience and it may not apply to others.

PS2: Wore this to work yesterday and the collar laid flat like a dream!!!

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