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Design progress and knitting progress move ahead at different rates. One hopes the design process leads the knitting but I’ve been known to knit without really having a clue where I’m going.
Even though I’m just a quarter of the way through the knitting, the project decisions are pulling together. I’m designing this sweater for myself. Is it bad to say it’s kind of fun being selfish? I do hope that by focusing on the details that are important to me, the design will speak to you as well. It has changed my perspective and freed me up to make decisions that are not necessarily safe ones. A lesson I’ll apply to future designs.
Quick progress report
Here are the steps we’ve taken so far …
On the Needles Now: Sleeves
I’m knitting the sleeves next because I’m still not sure how I want the front to look. With so much emphasis on the back pattern and front shawl collar the sleeves need to coordinate but not dominate. This is the ‘white space’ that will balance the design.
The sleeves will extend a little longer than the wrist but, I don’t want them looking sloppy or get in the way when I’m busy. So I took a rather big risk and designed sleeves that I’m not sure will work. And then I doubled down and knit two of them, because why rip out one sleeve when you can rip out two?
What do you think? Should I have gone with a totally plain sleeve? Another option would have been adding a lot more cable to the sleeve. It’s a Goldilocks decision, too little, too much or just right.
I’ve knit the back and 2 sleeves up to the armhole. That’s because I haven’t decided how to work the armhole and sleeve cap shaping yet. I know they will be set in but I’ve been playing with an idea to make the seaming easier and it’s not quite there yet.
As you can see, I am slow to commit to this idea because I’m not sure it will work. I started with the smallest possible swatch and just connected it to itself. Not bad. On to a slightly larger swatch with a small modification and then again in a less forgiving yarn. Each sample is a tiny big larger. I’ve now knit a baby size sleeve cap and armholes and will see how it works at the top of the sleeve cap.
I’ll finish the sleeves if I like the seaming method. In the meantime, on to the front. The starting point for the design was the shawl collar so it’s time to see how that works. It will be knit separately for now (I can always write the instructions as one piece). I can tell you there will be faux Showy Cables involved and it will be reversible. That way when the collar folds back, it looks good on both sides. I’m very excited about that aspect.
Has anyone tried the swatch for the raised Showy Decrease stitch pattern on the back? I’d love to hear how it went. If it felt too complicated, you just need to learn the technique with a simpler Showy Decrease pattern. The Manchester Scarf is the best training tool with both right and left leaning Showy Decreases. It’s part of your homework. Don’t make me keep you after school.
And … What Else Am I Up To?
I am also finishing up a shawl pattern. The samples are knit but the pattern is taking a bit of time. I just put the samples up in the shop at Jimmy Beans Wool today. I’ve learned I get better ideas on tips to add to the pattern after I give a class on it. I was trying to take photos on a blustery Lake Tahoe day. The long mohair fringe was having way too much fun playing in the wind. Here’s a sneak peek for you since you made it all the way to the end of the post.