I said I wouldn’t show a picture of John’s Sweater until I got to the front shoulders, but this is just to prove I actually have been working on it.
I was worried that I was going to run out of yarn on this project, but I think I’ll make it with a skein of each color to spare. Now that I don’t have that to worry about, I’m finding new things to fret over. Like seaming. I have learned a few things since I started this sweater…I began this about four years ago, right after I had learned to knit and purl. I didn’t have a clue about selvedge stitches, which would make seaming this thing a lot easier given the slip stitch pattern. When I did the fuschia baby sweater, I put a selvedge stitch edge on it because of the eyelet pattern. It made seaming much easier.
I have gotton a bit bored with this, so for relief I did some knitting on this:
This is where the wonky stitches come in. The back is knit straight up until you get to the raglan decreases for the sleeves. The pattern calls for a K3tog on the right edge of the sweater, and a sl1, K2tog, psso decrease on the left edge. I ripped this sucker out twice last night because it looked like this:
I think this is a combination of which decrease is going on which side, and the bulky nature of the yarn. After the first rip out, I tried the left side decrease with a slip 2 knitwise, knit one, pass the slip stitch over decrease. It looked just as bad. The K3tog on the other side wasn’t bad, but just looked messy. So I switched them. It makes more sense to me to put the left-leaning decrease (the slip-knit-pass decrease) on the right garment edge, and the K3tog on the other side. I’ve only got 2 sets of the decreases done, but I think it will look a little neater. I hope so, the yarn is starting to get a bit on the fuzzed up side from ripping and re-knitting.
I finally found a picture of what this is supposed to eventually look like:
Except, of course, blue. I’m not sure I like the sleeves either but will knit them and see. What’s with the down-to-the-fingertips sleeves on every published pattern these days? These girls must never eat.