Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Best One Yet

I finished it! A couple of months ago I started knitting this sweater for Lauren because a) I thought it was cute, and b) I really wanted to try knitting a sweater using circular needles (no seams!), and c) I wanted to learn how to do Fair Isle knitting (the two-color pattern around the yoke). Also, as an added bonus, I got to try my hand at "grafting" (aka kitcheners stitch). All very worthy skills to have. I had to take a brief break in the action to do the paying job mentioned below. The result of my experiment is a Big Fat Success for I couldn't be more pleased with how this turned out! Even Mr. Chick is impressed, calling this my "most professional piece ever." High praise indeed!

I think I like knitting in-the-round on circular needles the best. My purl stitch leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion, and with circular you only need to do the knit stitch. MUCH more consistent that way. Tension, appearance - everything. And the added bonus of no seams is gravy. I need a little more practicing with the Fair Isle aspects as I found it a challenge to keep the yarn I was carrying behind stitches from pulling too tight. There is a bit more of a "puckering" effect than I'd like as a result. Thankfully, the hint of pucker just sort of blends in with the texture of the sweater when it's worn better than when it's laying flat.

Next challenge for me? (after I crank out a few new-baby gift items - it's a baby boom in my world right now!): STEEKS. You need to be very brave to do this, but it's a cool technique that I want to try, given how I prefer knitting circular vs. straight. With steeks you knit in-the-round, allowing a few more stitches than you would normally for the steek. Then, when you're finished/ready, you sew a vertical line on either side of the steek to secure the stitches, and then cut (CUT!) the steek within the sewed lines, thereby turning a pullover, for example, into a cardigan. At least, that's my understanding of steeks after reading about them and talking with an expert about it. The Norwegians, who are/were well-known for their rapid-fast knitting of sweaters similar to the one I made Lauren, use the steek method because it's just that: faster. If anyone has done them, let me know if I'm on the right path here.

Ok, I'm off to weave in a few ends and clean up my mess before the kids get into it. Nothing good ever happens if/when they mess with my knitting/crocheting stuff. Then I'll be sifting through various patterns to decide what to make for the first of the babies soon to be coming into this world.

Beautiful job. You are quite wonderful with some needles. :)
That is a beautiful sweater. And of course the your little model is adorable!

You are very talented. I tried to knit while I was on bedrest (with both of my kids) but just couldn't get the hang of it.
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