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Who’s ready to get their hands dirty … jump into the deep end or whatever metaphor works for you?
As you can see, the back of the sweater is progressing and I’m pleased with the results! It will look better after it’s blocked. I especially like how the Showy Cable pattern on the edge flows so nicely into the overall back stitch pattern.
I’ve worked up to the armholes and will stop here for now. I need to spend some quality thinking time working the armholes and sleeve cap concept. The Showy Decrease results in clean, matching decreases and I need to figure out how to work them into the shaping and seaming aspects of the arms/sleeves. I’m traveling for a few days and have swatching yarn with me to try out some ideas. I’ll let you know how they are going in a future post.
Last time, I gave you some homework. I asked (nicely) for you to try the Manchester Scarf swatch because it also has right and left leaning decrease (k2tog and ssk) in a stitch pattern that is less complicated. I can’t emphasize enough how much easier this is if you can spot the pattern in your knitting;
Publishing this tutorial took a while longer than I anticipated. Creating charts and written instructions for both the before and after swatches took some time. I know I’ll be pleased when I write the pattern later to have so much of the work done up front.
There is a PDF file for you to download on the Bonus Materials page on our website. It includes these charts and written instructions. If you are not a chart reader, I encourage you to give it a try. We have a Chart Reading Tutorial, there is a link to it on the PDF.
The Bonus Materials page is just for blog readers so it does not show up in the website menu. In the future you can find the link in the Bonus Materials page here on the blog. It’s up there in the top left corner.
OK, give it a go. I can’t wait to here from you. If you’re frustrated just step back and work on the Manchester Scarf homework. This is a techniques that gets easier with practice.
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Next Up … sleeves. They will start with that same Showy Cable edge and will give me a chance to really think about that sleeve shaping and seaming.