Remember this sweater?
I knit the body and started the cabled yoke pattern, but didn’t like it at all. So after frogging and knitting the body plain to the armpits and one sleeve, this got laid aside for… something else… many something elses.
Now, I have a small admission to make. Fishtrap is not finished. I still need to sew up one cuff hem and weave in lots of ends. And, to distract myself from such trifles I picked this up and decided to finish it. I cast on the second sleeve Sunday morning, finished it and the yoke that night. On Monday I knit the turtleneck, did the minimal finishing required and got it blocking.
And there it is Thankgiving morning. Me and my boy and our EZ.
Pattern: Seamless Raglan Pullover by Elizabeth Zimmermann from the Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Worsted color Old Sage, 4 skeins / 452 gm
Gauge: 4.25 sts per inch on sz. 8 needles.
Interesting bits: The pattern I started with had waist shaping, so this sweater has waist shaping, except I did only one increase round after the waist. Bluntly put, I’m flat as a pancake (thankyouverymuch) so the increases don’t make sense for my shape.
When I abandoned the IK pattern and decided to make this just a plain sweater I pulled out my trusty calculator and calculated the EPS for the sleeves and neck, based on the body stitches I had on the needle. I started the cuff at 25% and the upper arm was 34%. Well, one of them is. The second sleeve came out with 2 extra stitches. After 4 months and lost notes it’s not too surprising, but not really a problem either. I didn’t discover the disparity until I got to the neck and one sleeve had 10 sts and the other had 8. ??? I did an extra pair of decreases on that sleeve so the neck looks mostly even.
Sleeves: When knitting Cobblestone I was impressed by how spaced out the sleeve increases were, they were so gradual it was invisible. I wanted to do the same thing here, taking it a step further by staggering the increases so they did not occur in pairs. I increased one stitch every 7th round. I think it worked pretty well.
Neck: It got cold here. I had no turtleneck sweaters. This was a no-brainer. Well, almost. I don’t like cling-y choke-y turtlenecks, and I couldn’t figure out how to work a neck that would lay flat [ribbing] but not cling [not ribbing]. After sleeping on it I decided to try ribbing on a much larger needle.
When the neck stitches were down to 48% I switched up to a sz. 10 / 6 mm needle and worked in K1P1 ribbing until I ran out of yarn. It worked pretty well, warm but not constricting. And the Lamb’s Pride isn’t bothering my neck and face, it’s close to my scrathyness tolerance point, but still fine.
Body / Neck Contrast Close-up.
Things to think about next time: Short rows up the back. Longer welt at the bottom because it’s rolling like crazy, blocking notwithstanding. Just the things EZ recommends for every sweater! Rather coincidental, no?
All in all though, I’m really happy with it. The yarn cost me a total of $8, and the fit is about as perfect as possible. When I sit down to think about all the things I did to this very plain sweater it occurs to me that I like to knit by the seat of my pants. I could plan stuff, but why bother when I could be knitting it instead? And when I don’t plan, I’m not disappointed when I need to rip. It’s pretty liberating.
Except Fishtrap. I planned Fishtrap. I sketched, I charted, I calculated each stitch’s life expectancy during the yoke. And I was pissed when it needed to be ripped. Twice. This is why I don’t plan!
How much do you plan your projects? Any thoughts on dealing with a rolling edge?