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Pondering Avocet B

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

When I developed my sweater design method, I couldn’t imagine using anything besides knitting a one-piece sweater, a top-down circular sleeve, and 3-needle bind off for my shoulders. I mentioned Avocet B by Berroco in my last post–here is a pattern that kicks all three methods to the curb.

  • Knitting in the round–well, it’s a cardigan. I can knit the body in one piece…but do I want to? It has implications for the sleeves (see below).
  • The shoulder seams: short rows in garter stitch don’t look so hot. I’ve played around with Japanese short rows, which seem to be the least of all the possible evils. So binding off the shoulder seams and grafting may be the best way to go here.
  • Top-down, circular sleeves. Hmmm, knitting garter stitch in the round means knitting one row, purling one row. Kind of defeats the fun of knitting in the round.

So I may want to work the sleeves flat, which means one of two things:

  1. I knit the body in pieces, seam the shoulders, pick up the sleeve stitches on the flat, opened body. I would knit the sleeves flat, then seam the sides and seam.
  2. Knit the body in one piece, knit the sleeve flat, seam the sleeve, and then sew it into the body as a tube. Geez, I hate that one already.

Live and learn. I will still use my system to ensure a good fit. Just not sure it really will be next up on the needles. I’ve started to update my Ravelry account, and the ghosts of projects past are starting to haunt me.


Next Up on the Needles

Friday, January 8th, 2010

One of my New Year’s resolutions (OK, my only one) is to buy no new yarn until I’ve finished at least a couple more projects. Or more fabric for that matter–I’m also a quilter, and actual sewing has slowed to the point where I now refer to myself as a mere fabric collector.

cardigan sweater

Avocet B by Berroco

Anyway, holding off on buying yarn doesn’t mean I can’t dream. Came across this wonderful, free Berroco pattern, Avocet B, on their website, which will be perfect for some Berroco Ultra Alpaca I already have in a wonderful heathery green. But can I resist the urge to tweak this pattern? I’ll definitely be adjusting for fit, and probably be knitting it as a seamless, one-piece sweater. There’s plenty of time, as there are at least two projects on the needles ahead of it.


 

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