Friday, December 8, 2006
Round and round we go
Here is a picture of my progress so far, miles of knitting have yielded one sleeve, part of a cuff and a neatly hemmed body.
I changed the colors of the sweater while still keeping to the original yarn. I chose Whiskey in the Rose Quartz color #57 as the main color and did the hem facing in green. The sleeves have been modified to also have a hem facing and there I am using orange. I did size down the sleeve cuff from 74 stitches to 62 stitches because my first try was way too big.
I do want the sweater to be on the looser side so I'm knitting the 47" although I measure 43" at the bust. I want this sweater to slide over a long sleeve tee so I am hoping that the neckline doesn't sit too wide. If I have to, I'll add a few rows before the neckband.
I decided to work the hem facing at the beginning instead of the end because I did a crappy job on the provisional cast on (I didn't think it would hold up) and I didn't want the sewing part at the end. I have been recovering from a serious hand injury and threading a needle is rough.
I worked the contrast facing first in green for ten rows, did one row in wine then undid the provisional cast on, knitted a round of the main color, purled a round then knitted 10 rounds on the larger needles. On the eleventh round, I knitted the body stitches together with the hem stitches. So much quicker than sewing.
I'm determined to get this sweater done before Chirstmas and think I can pull it off. So far, I love the yarn, love the ease of this knit. It's been a long time since I've done fair isle and I'm planning a few big fair isle projects for next year so I'm looking at this a warm up project.
I'll try to post pictures when I have more to show but feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or check out my blog.
Thank you for setting up this knit along, I'm sure it will be a tremendous resource to us friends of Enid.