Saturday, February 10, 2007

Round and Round...

This is my progress after a week. Well, after 5 days, actually. You see, I started over.

If you look at the picture from the previous post, you can see that the ribbing is the same width as the body of the sweater. I realized that I should have cast on fewer stitches and then increased after the ribbing. Since this sweater is all about the percentages, I picked 75% of the original number of stitches (188, not counting the steek), and cast on 140 stitches plus 5 for the steek. Then, after the ribbing, I just increased one stitch after every 3 to get up to 188 (+5). So far so good. It's just knit, knit, knit, knit, knit, and then some more knitting. The sweater is about 14 inches long right now, and in about 4 inches I'll be at the armpits at which point I'll need to stop and start on the sleeves.

I've only used 2 of the 10 hanks I've purchased so far (the picture shows the sweater right after I attached the 3rd). I think I'll have plenty of yarn to finish.


  1. And are you enjoying the yarn? I really want to start on my sweater, but have 'obligation knitting' to finish up....

  2. Yes, how does the yarn feel? Inquiring fingers want to know!

  3. The yarn feels fine. I'm not sure if I can describe this well. It's a bit on the stiff side -- that is, when it's knitted up. This is probably due to my tight knitting.

    It's not fluffy soft, but it's not abrasive or scratchy, like some wool yarns I've looked at (Black Water Abbey and Jamieson & Smith's come to mind). It's just fine.

    It's quite rustic. A little uneven here and there. There have been at least two knots in each hank, which I hate, but I've been cutting them out and re-splicing. And there are little chunks of grass (I hope) here and there -- remnants of the fields in which the former owners of this wool frolicked!

    I wouldn't call it soft, but it's not rough. I've used 2.75 hanks out of the ten I've bought and I'm already way up to the armpits. I way overestimated the amount of yarn I needed.