July 17, 2013 · 9:24 PM
I have hit a major milestone with the sweater I am knitting! I finished knitting the main part of the sweater! It has only taken me 3½ years…
Right now it is being blocked.
Blocking the Sweater
Next up, I need to sew all the pieces together. I am a little nervous about that part because I have never done it before. I have read how to do it in a couple of books, and I plan on watching the videos on KnittingHelp.com, but really I think I just need to go for it and learn as I go. Anyone have any advice?
Top part of the Right Front
Once the sweater is sewn together I need to knit on the collar. That part should go quickly!
Pocket and bottom edge of the Right Front
Finally, I need to find the perfect buttons and sew them on. I am so close to finishing this thing! I can’t wait to wear it this fall and winter!
February 7, 2013 · 11:58 AM
Welcome to what I hope will become a semi-regular feature here at From Scratch. In this new feature, I will be sharing updates on my non-cooking projects, such as the Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long I am working on. If you see regular updates, that means I am actually working on projects (not just hoping to be working on them).
Let’s get started!
On the Needle
I have two knitting projects in progress. First let’s take a look at the Downton Abbey KAL. If you haven’t heard, we are making fingerless gloves! Or gauntlets, as they probably would have been called back when DA takes place. I am having a lot of fun with this KAL and learning tons! Here is my first glove, as of the end of Clue #4 (of 8):
There is a panel of lace roses on top of the glove.
At the top of this picture, there is a row of eyelets which will be used to gather the gloves.
I really like the way the colors pooled differently on each scallop in this lace section:
Pretty scalloped lace
Since taking these pictures I have completed Clue #5, which involved knitting an I-cord to lace through the eyelets and casting on the second glove. I can’t wait to wear these!
I have also done some work on my sweater, and completed the first half of the front:
Left front of the sweater
I am probably going to redo the top corner. Since finishing this, I have learned how to cast off the neckline more smoothly. I also want to complete the final twist in the cable pattern to close the top “O”.
The neckline portion that I will probably redo.
Once that is done, all I have left is to complete the second front piece. Then I can block it and sew it together!
On the Cutting Table
I don’t have much going in the sewing department, but I did make a pair of sweatpants for my daughter after modifying the pattern I used for her Halloween costume.
Altered sweat pants – they fit much better!
They fit great and I hope to make a second pair soon.
April 23, 2012 · 8:29 AM
Remember that sweater I am knitting? I seem to be knitting it at a snail’s pace. But lately I’ve been in the mood to knit and have been making good progress. I have been working on the left front piece (the back and two sleeves are finished).
As I approached the transition to shaping the armholes and heading up to the neck I got excited. I find once I hit that point, I get anxious to finish and it’s fun to see myself get closer and closer to the end.
I finally got started on the armholes when I noticed THE MISTAKE.
Do you see it? HINT: Look at the cable pattern near the top.
Here is the mistake circled in case you couldn’t spot it. Instead of an XO pattern, I ended up with a little fish shape.
I briefly entertained the idea of leaving the mistake, but then I realized the pattern has to match the other side of the front, so I would have to make the mistake there as well. Plus, I would always know the mistake was there and it would bother me.
So now I am faced with having to undo my knitting back to the point of the mistake and fixing it. I am not very confident with “un-knitting”, so the task is always slow and tedious. I am not looking forward to it and have been putting it off.
I know I have to “just do it” so I can move forward again.
How do you get moving again when you get stalled on a project, knitting or otherwise?
February 28, 2011 · 11:00 AM
Some of you may remember that I am in the process of knitting my first sweater. After not working on it for 7 or 8 months, I picked it up again after Christmas and have made great progress. I have now completed the back and both sleeves.
The Back and Both Sleeves
I’m very pleased with how this is turning out. I really like the triangle detailing along the raglan seams.
The front pieces are going to be the most challenging for me so I saved them for last. There are several elements in the fronts that I have never done before: cables, pockets, and button holes. I did some practicing with the cables – they are much easier than they look!
Here is a picture of the sweater I am making. It is the “XO Raglan Cardigan” from the Winter 2009/2010 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine.
XO Raglan Cardigan
I’m really excited to get started on the front of my sweater!