Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Checks? Check.

The British Checks Sweater is finished! Doesn't it look great on Jeff? Silas looks a little wistful, already missing this pile of wool that's been temptingly sitting on various pieces of furniture around the house, just begging to be slept on. Sorry -- those days are over, mister.

The blocking did wonders, as I hoped it would. Say it together -- "Always believe in the magic of blocking." The stitches smoothed out, the body of the sweater fits great, and the sleeves are just the right length. And, the hem, which had been curling up from the very beginning, is lying there, tame as can be.

I can still see the color dominance shift in the last few inches of stranded knitting, just before it joins the ginger color. I think switching the hands that I held the colors in for the purl side during the flat knitting might have solved this pattern, but I'm going to try not to worry about it. I don't know that I'll ever run into this issue again. If I do, I hope I remember.

After finishing, I wondered why the pattern had the neck opening bound off and then stitches picked up in the exact same place in order to knit the collar. Why not just put them on a stitch holder? It was too late for me to do anything about it, but still, I was curious. Just yesterday, I read a recent post on the Yarn Harlot's blog that explained exactly why the designer did this.

Notice how large the neck opening is? Binding off created a firm, unstretchable edge on which to build the collar. If I had just put the stitches on a holder and continued on later, the neck opening would have been very stretchy and droopy, and the picture above would have to have been posed differently.

I've lived with this project for a long time. I'm not sure what to do next!


  1. Gorgeous! Congratulations Steven you did a fantastic job and Jeff wears it quite nicely. Good on you for sticking to it and learning so much along the way.

  2. What a feeling!

    Seeing's believing!

    Seriously, it looks FABULOUS - you should be very proud of yourself. Did you have yarn left over? You could make a matching tea cozy...

  3. This is AWESOME! What a perfect fit...Jeff looks GREAT in it!

    I am just so impressed. Frankly, I can hardly wait to see what you'll be on to next...

  4. Hi Steve,
    Lovely post :) I so glad you got that sweater finished to your satisfaction - I'm even feeling some vicarious relief! It looks lovely and I'm sure your're the only one who will notice the little color dominance issue.

    I'd suggest some socks next to knock the edge off.

    Becky - TAMU

  5. Wow! Absolutely Gorgeous! I may need you to help me finish Josh's sweater.

  6. Haha! I love the flashdance... lol
    Steven, it looks great. I think you should start the Cobblestone next, that way I can see if I'm doing mine right. :)

  7. Yay to the nth! Those boys look fab. Silas probably wants a matching dog jacket.


  8. Wow...it looks awesome. You're a brave knitter to take on such a project, and to make it work.

    Love the Flashdance reference, too.

    S t a c i

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  10. Steven, the sweater is beautiful! I love the colors and the contrast of the heathered yarn and the check pattern. It's really special. And a damn good fit. And now comes the 90 degree temps, eh? Yeah, me too.