Wednesday, February 14, 2007

It's a Series of Tubes

Like the internets, this seamless Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater is based on a series of tubes.

The sleeves are finished (perfect knitting for watching the Westminster dog show over the last few evenings), and tonight I attached these tubes to the main tubes of the sweater. Some tube math:

To recap, the sweater is 188 stitches around. Ms. Zimmermann calls for 8% of the total circumference stitches (15) to be put on holders at the armpits. That is, 15 stitches from the inside of the sleeve are matched to 15 stitches from the sides of the sweater. All the "outside" stitches are incorporated into the round knitting. I've done four rows so far and it looks like it's working.

I think I'm going to use Kitchener stitch to graft the pits. I started to do this before joining the outside of the sleeves to the body, but then I thought better of it. I should listen to Elizabeth, don't you think?


  1. it looks great! You're finishing that so quickly. You may actually have time to wear it before the winter's over.

  2. I'm hoping so. It's actually gotten down into the 20s the last few nights -- sorry to brag? I'm getting a little anxious about how the collar is going to work, but I've go some time to thing about that.

    When you're knitting at a gauge of 3.75 stitches to the inch, things go quickly.