Sweater Progress (No, Really!)
Happy Labor Day! I hope all you Americans have been taking advantage of the long weekend to do some extra crafting 🙂
I have certainly been busy making things this weekend. I even started working on my sweater again (huzzah!).
For those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to have this experience, this is what happens when you leave a sweater-in-progress alone for almost a year:
Before you can even start knitting again, you spend 30 minutes reading over the pattern, trying to decipher your
god-forsaken useless scribblings old notes, trying on the sweater to make sure it still fits, doing some math and re-figuring and writing new notes so you don’t torture confuse yourself again later.
I mentioned before that I’m
completely throwing out deviating from the pattern to change the neckline, and I think I’ve figured out how to do it. I worked the round-the-yoke decreases until, when I put all the stitches on scrap yarn and tried the sweater on, the front was an inchish shy of where I want the neckline to be (roundabouts my collarbone – yeah, we here at Look! I Made Stuff are extremely precise). Then I started working the shoulder saddles back and forth, bringing them closer to my neck without adding length to the front and back.
My progress so far:
Once I’ve done that, I’ll put the stitches on scrap yarn again and try it on. I think I might have to bring the back up a bit (working back and forth, as for the shoulders), and when the whole thing is an inchish shy of where I want it, I’ll figure out my next step.
My big question is, how should I finish the neckline? My options:
- My first thought was to do a 2×2 ribbing (pretty standard) so it’s stretchy and finished-looking. But this sweater has no ribbed edging on the bottom or sleeves, so it might look out of place on the neckline.
- I could do a ribbing that is in line with the cabled pattern, but that might not be stretchy enough to hold its shape, and also might look like crap.
- The original pattern calls for a really simple rolled stockinette stitch neckline. But this wouldn’t be very stretchy, and could make the wider neckline hang strangely.
- I could get my hands on some elastic thread and work that into either option 2 or option 3 to make it keep its shape better.
Any thoughts or suggestions?
In other crafting news: look what I got at Michael’s for $1 and then proceeded to finish at the speed of light over the weekend:
Sometimes a little cross-crafting can be healthy. This is counted cross-stitch. I haven’t done cross-stitch in years, and I’m still trying to decide if I like it.