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  • knitting1105 12:18 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ribbing, Ribbing (knitting), steek   

    Pink Baby 

    I have finished all of the main knitting for my newest baby sweater.  I love the colors, and this was very fun to knit.  The lower part of the body and the sleeves consist of lots of plain stockinette, all done in the round so just knit, knit, knit.  It was a good project when I did not want to focus on details.

    The yoke went quickly, in spite of a couple of decrease mistakes and color mistakes that I had to rip out.   Whenever you attach the sleeves in this manner, the first few rows at the junctions are tight.  I prefer a yoked cardigan for babies, as there is not the bulk at the shoulders, and seem to fit better.  The beauty of knitting this way is that I only now have to sew and cut the steek (still a bit of a frightening process), and knit the front band.  The neck ribbing was called for with a double over material.  I felt that would be too thick, so chose to do a 1×1 ribbing with a tubular cast-off.   The front band is doubled over, but that serves to also cover up the cut steek.

    When knitting the yoke, the first couple of major rounds of decreases divided nice and evenly around the body.  then it started to get more complicated.  I am a bit of a nut, in that everything needs to be balanced out nicely.  Decreases starting and ending equal number of stitches from the front band, and being spread out evenly throughout the body.  Here are the patterns that I had to use to get my decreases, I tried to find a mathematical program that would solve this, but it is beyond me.  I have given that task to my son, these I did by writing out the pattern.  I found how many even number of stitches went into a decrease row, and how many remaining stitches there were.  Then, I balanced out the extra decreases over a pattern in the yoke.  Here are my last 4 decrease patterns (each number includes the number of stitches knit + the 2 that are knit together; i.e 7= K5, K2tog — in effect 1 st less).

    (7,7,6) 12 times

    (5,4,5,5,4,5,5,4,5,5,4) 4 times

    (4,4,4,3,4,4,4,4,3,4,4,4,4,3,4,4,4,4,3,4,4) 2 times

    (3,3,2,3,3,3,3,2,3,3,3,3,2,3,3,3,3,2,3,3,3) 2 times

    I am writing these down here for posterity so that I do not have to recalculate these again.  Hoping for that program Ethan…

    • Karen 1:21 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I have that pattern but wasn’t wild about the orange. However, I LOVE your chosen colors! What size did you make and will the decreases work for only one size? Thanks. It’s adorable!


      • knitting1105 2:50 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, I am happy with the colors also, it took a bit of playing around with options. I made the 12 month size. The decreases as shown will only work for that. Hopefully my son will write the computer program that I need.


    • Kimberly (aka Melanthe on Rav) 12:52 am on January 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely beautiful!


  • knitting1105 10:49 am on January 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Perfect Rib 

    The difference between something that is home-made and hand-crafted lays in the small details and finishing.  Years ago I took a class where we used a self-published book by Janet Szabo called  The “I Hate to Finish Sweaters” Guide to Finishing Sweaters.  A quick Amazon search showed that this is still available.  My favorite chapter is #1, Finishing Before You Start.  I think that is the key to a really well-crafted article.  Read the pattern, and look where improvements can be made, how it is seamed up, how increases are done.  Most patterns lend themselves to some type of improvement, it simply requires reading the pattern through and thinking about the construction.

    My favorite improvement to make is to do a tubular cast-on for the ribbing at the bottom and the cuffs (or a tubular bind-off if working top down).  It gives a very elastic, smooth edge.  I remember the first time that I saw this used on a finished garment, I was biting at the bit to learn the technique, as it looked like the ribbing on a commercial garment, with a smooth rounded over edge.  To learn how I do my tubular cast-on, read this previous post.

    This is a new baby sweater that I am making, using one of my Dale of Norway patterns, and my favorite baby yarn, Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  I have the bottom of the body and one sleeve started.  The interesting color-work comes at the yoke, so it is a lot of plain knitting right now, which works great for playing Scrabble, watching my new Modern Family DVD’s that my daughter got me for Christmas, or late night after-wine knitting.

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