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Recipient: Holdon – a good friend of my sons.
Pattern: Seamless Saddle Shoulder Pullover by Elizabeth Zimmermann, found in Knitting Workshop.
Dinosaurs: This inspired me, but after searching the internet fruitlessly for the pattern I ended up knitting off a photo of DharmaRN’s lovely pullover.
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Worsted. Colors Forest Heather and Camel Heather, plus some random sock yarn for the hem.
Needles, Gauge, and Size: US sz. 4 needles / 3.5 mm, yielding 5.25 sts per inch, yielding a 31″ finished chest measurement. I calculated target gauge based on the size of the chart and number of stitches needed to accommodate it.
Without question it was the fun details that made this sweater interesting to knit. Just above the armpit join I began a steek to open the neck. I cast-off 2 sts and the next round cast-on 7 at the hole. Seven sts is a really nice number for making self-facing crochet steeks.
I cut the steek before starting on the collar so it could be knit back and forth. After knitting the lining of the collar I cast of the front and side sts leaving the back sts to stabilize the neck and to write the recipient’s name. The lining is sewn down all around the collar edge, and the name piece was sewn down afterwards.
This is one of the self-faced steek edges. With 2 lines of crochet, the paranoia is minimal and the edges fold so nicely and neatly under. After the facing it tacked down inside you could never tell it’s there. I used the same technique on the Three Cable Sweater, also with great results.
For the record, I do not like installing zippers. They put their ugly edges over my nice tidy edges and I have trouble getting them to lay flat. Harumph. But I do like the little stopper I made for this one:
To edge the front zipper area I tried using applied I-cord, but it wasn’t working out the way I wanted. So I picked up all the edge sts and then used the I-cord bind-off. It worked out perfectly. The line of picked up sts under the I-cord was a perfect place the hide the main zipper seam. I’d use this technique again.
Verdict and Final Thoughts: I hope he likes it!