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And Now You Know the Rest of the Story…

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Am I the only one old enough to remember Paul Harvey? Anyway, looking through my blog posts I realized I havent’t posted all of my youtube videos here on my blog. I left off at three-needle bind off–whoa! There’s lot’s more. I’m loading the rest (i.e., the rest for finishing the sweater) into this one post.

After seaming shoulders with a three-needle bind-off,
you will start the Sleeve Cap (Part 1):

 

Followed by the Sleeve Cap, Part 2

Then work the rest of The Tapered Sleeve, Part 1:

And The Tapered Sleeve, Part 2
:

Almost done! Finish up the the Neck Ribbing, Part 1
:

…and Part 2:

Stop the clock!


Waist Shaping

Friday, February 11th, 2011

I received an e-mail from Ann who asked about waist shaping when designing a sweater. My answer ran to several paragraphs, so I thought I’d share it, since I seem to recall interest in the subject…
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Andrea’s Sweater–The Before Picture

Monday, January 17th, 2011

What am I thinking? I have pictures taken of Andrea’s gray sweater that I finished last spring, and I haven’t posted a

How to Knit a Sweater

thing. Andrea (twenty-something) told me she wanted a sweater that was skin tight (her words). After clearing it with her mom
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Some Very Cute Mittens

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

I haven’t tried mittens yet, but after attending the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle last month, I may tackle it. I have been assured they’re not that hard. After looking again at pictures of these mittens, brought by teacher Carol Rhoades, I am tempted. Then again, I may start with a wrist warmer, like one of these, from the same class. knitting patterns


A Cute Scalloped Edge

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Berroco (one of my favorite yarn companies) has posted a nice video on crocheting a scalloped edge on your knitted or crocheted sweater (or anything else, for that matter). If you’ve done any knitting for children, you know boy’s and girl’s clothes are the same, except for the color and trim. Take any child’s sweater, knit it in pink with this scalloped edge, et voila! Something for the girly-girl in your life.


Shaping Shoulders Using Short Rows

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I like to use short rows and a three needle bind-off for my shoulders because I think it makes a tidy-looking seam. This may seem more complicated than binding off and seaming or grafting the shoulders. I chose this method because I think getting a nice-looking, non-lumpy shoulder seam is problematic for newer knitters. First, short rows. I use a slightly different method than you may have seen. Now, Part 1 of Shoulder Shaping: Part 2: Part 3:


More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Sleeves

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Here is an excellent and extensive article about armhole shaping and sleeve styles. It doesn’t use the top-down method for set-in sleeves, but if you’ve been wondering about drafting a sleeve, plus drop-shoulder and modified drop shoulder (and raglan and everything else), check out this article from Knitty.com.


How to Knit a Child’s Sweater

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I just got a question from a knitter who said she didn’t have a circular needle (only straight, single-points), and wants to knit a sweater for her young daughter.

There are a couple of things she will do differently:

  • The sweater body is worked flat, with the front and back in two separate pieces that are seamed together in final assembly. An extra stitch must be added to each side seam as selvage stitches. They will become the seam allowance and lie inside the sweater.
  • No shoulder shaping is required–the shoulders can be knit straight across. Neck shaping is still needed, though.
  • Sleeves are drop-shoulder. That means no armhole shaping.
  • After shoulders are seamed, but BEFORE you sew the side seams, pick up stitches for the sleeves along the straight seam in the armhole area and knit the sleeve top down–no short rows.
  • Seam the side seams and sleeve seams, and you’re done except for neckline finishing.

Are you getting the picture here? Knitting a child’s sweater is like knitting two dishcloths, sewing them together and adding sleeves.


Check Out This Buttonhole…

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I tend not to post any videos but my own, but this video on the tulip buttonhole from Interweave knits is not to be missed. If you’ve tried making a decent buttonhole, you’ll see the value in this immediately. It looks like a little trouble, but the result is so worth it.


Ahem…Slight Correction.

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

OK, here’s the correct Measurement Form. Use this form to record your measurements before you launch on your sweater design project.


 

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