Should I start? I saw the Thora Sweater
from the Best of Arans and Celtics
book. I wanted to make the sweater but I didn't like the drop shoulder and it was longer than I wanted. The length is usually easy enough to adjust, but this has shaping that I wasn't sure I'd put in the right place if I was knitting bottom-up as the pattern was written, so I figured I'd 'just' switch the pattern around to be knit from the top down with a different armhole and I could do the shaping as I got to it.
So, I decided to make this with a peasant square sleeve (chapter 10 ) because doing a set-in sleeve with the curved underarm seemed too complicated to keep the sweater's stitch pattern (now, I'm not sure if that's the case, but whatever, I'm not ripping out what I've done to test it out!
) And since the sleeves have one cable running doen the length, I thought it would be cool to have the cable go all the way to the neckline - so now I have a saddle shoulder (chapter 8 ).
Here's what I've done so far--
yeah, some explaination would help huh? Ok...
I knew I wanted 14" between the seams where the sleeves & sweater joined (what BW calls the back width). I knew the neck width was about 5" (I lost my early notes, so I'm just guessing on some of these measurements, but you get the idea. Since I lost my notes, all the numbers/measurements are approximate, so if they don't add up just right, that could be why.)
lines are where I cast on. (hmm, it doesn't show too well, but it's the short side of the grey rectangles that's NOT next to the bright blue rectangles. The white space between the grey rectangles is the neck) Following the saddle shoulder chapter, I cast on the 'neck edge' of the saddles (pink) and I knit the grey rectangles (the saddles) straight. I used a provisional cast-on so I would have live stitches to use when I finished the neck. I did both saddles at once using 2 balls of yarn so I'd be sure they matched. Each saddle is about 2" wide by 5" long. When I finished the saddles, I put the stitches on holders and cut the yarn.
Then I started the back by picking up stitches along one long edge of the saddle, casting-on enough stitches for the back of the neck, and picking up stitches on the other saddle (the dark green
line is where I did the pick ups). Since I knew I wanted 14" from seam to seam, and the saddles were 5" each, that left 4" for the neck (5" left saddle + 4" neck + 5" right saddle = 14" seam to seam). And I'm sure those numbers aren't what I'm knitting since I have 14" seam to seam and the neck is a good 5" so the saddles are actually a little shorter than 5" each, but you get the idea)
I figured at this point, I could continue with the instructions in chapter 10 since I had all othe back stitches ready to knit (p.97 middle of the 3rd paragraph, more or less). So I knit the back which is the long purple-ish
rectangle until it was about 10" long - the armhole plus a little more. I put those stitches on a holder too and cut the yarn.
hmm, actually, the back rectangle itself isn't 10" long, the 10" includes 1/2 of the saddle strip. So it's 10" long from the center of the saddle strip which is the top of the shoulder. Half the saddle 'belongs' to the front and half to the back of the sweater.
Then I started the fronts by picking up stitches on the other long edge of the saddle (the 2 small purple-ish
rectangles) I did both fronts at the same time with 2 balls of yarn. When the front was the same as the back (I did the neck shaping too, even though it doesn't look like it in the picture) I put those stitches on a holder and cut the yarn.
I probably didn't need to cut the yarn everytime I finished a section, but it was annoying having the balls of yarn attached when I didn't need them. Plus, the yarn needed to be rolled into balls, and I didn't have that many balls made up yet
Somewhere along the way, I picked up the neck stitches and did the neck band. I'm not sure if I finished the neckband before or after I did the fronts.
Then I picked up for one sleeve (the bright blue
rectangles on the side) I picked up stitches from the front, the live stitches on the saddle, and the back. I did the sleeve just like she said on p. 97-99. I left the sleeves flat, not in the round. I picked up for the other sleeve and I'm little more than 1/2 done.
When I finish both sleeves, then I need to join the body (p 99, 2nd paragraph)
So far, I've done the sweater on 14" straights or 20" jumper needles. I tried using circulars, working flat, but I really hate using circulars that way, so that didn't last long. I'm liking the 20" jumpers though.