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Gliterati-Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover Acutriments

 

Grey Lace Weight Mohair With Silver Thread Shawl

Grey Lace Weight Mohair With Silver Thread Shawl

To accompany the Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover, I am using some fine mohair (think: Rown Kid Silk) with a twist of silver throughout to make a lacy scarf/foulard and coordinated lace cuffs. I bought this special yarn on sale at Silk City Fibers (where I always find something wonderful!)

The goal is to dress up the sweater for evening wear. The benefit of knitting these contrasting pieces separately is that they can be worn with other garments. 

As a start, I’m knitting a 2 by 2 rib. I  left the cast on stitches live so that I can add a lace finishing to match the cuffs. The lace will be knit down so that there’s no grafting needed (Yeah!) 

I’m considering narrowing the scarf by knitting each of the ribs together to get a 1 by 1 rib. This would enhance the fanned look of the scarf. I would love to hear your recommendations.

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Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater-First Sleeve

Knitting sleeves can seem endless. Some knitters like my mom, knit sleeves two at a time so that you don’t have to knit the same piece twice. I find it much easier to knit one sleeve at a time. Otherwise, I spend more time untangling the two pieces.

Instead, I keep track of the rows where I make increases and decreases while knitting the first sleeve so that I can make the second sleeve the same size. 

Since my arms tend to be longer than most of the patterns I use, I measure the sleeve before I start and layout the increases so that they occur long the length of the sleeve at reasonable intervals. All it takes is some relatively simple math and voila! 

Here’s the first sleeve (albeit without the cap).

 

Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover-First Sleeve

Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover-First Sleeve

 

 

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Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater Front Done

Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater FrontMy  Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater is making progress. Stitch by stitch it keeps growing. One of the changes that I made to Laura Chau’s Thermal Sweater on Knitty is eliminating the button tab on the Scoop Neck. Since I’m knitting the sweater in two pieces rather than the round, I also  needed to modify the neckline. 

Here’s what the neckline looks like. I left the stitches around the neck live to help me when I add on the finishing. I plan to use 6 rows of garter stitch which makesa great border since it lays flat. Also, it matches the bottom and cuffs. 

This neck is more open than many  necklines that I have made. The idea is to allow a lacy camisole to stick out against the soft  white alpaca thermal sweater.  Inspired by lingerie, this feminine look can be adapted to either day time or evening wear.

PS – The front of the sweater is longer than it appears since I photographed it on a chair.

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Swatching religon – Do you have it?

 

Thermal Swatch - 100% Alpaca from Silk City Fibers

Thermal Swatch - 100% Alpaca from Silk City Fibers

Many knitters hate swatching since it delays the joy of starting your new project, especially if you’re a knitter who always gets gauge and are using the yarn specified in the pattern.

A swatch is practice for your main garment to ensure that your knitting will yield the sme results as those outlined in the pattern. It involves knitting a 4 inch by 4 inch square to check that you get the same number of stitches per inch. If you get less stitches, your knitting is looser and you need to use a smaller needle and if you get more stitches you need to use a larger needle.

You should look at the resulting fabric. Just because you get the same gauge doesn’t mean that it is the correct gauge for that yarn. For example, the swatch may be to gauge but produce an airy material. Then you need to use a smaller needle and do some math to adjust the pattern. Further, the sample should be washed to check whether the material changes in terms of size which can further delay the main event.

Over time, I have learned that swatching is necessary and I always make a swatch and wash it by hand. I use this piece of material to make my adjustments to a pattern. For my adaptation of the Thermal pattern, I knitted a swatch that made sense for the yarn and washed it (See above photo.)

The thinner than I remembered 100% alpaca soften and has a slight haze to it. When I measured it, it was on target for gauge, 7 stitches per inch. That said, when I started knitting the back of the sweater, I found that it more like 6 stitches to the inch due to the difference in the way I knit a larger piece. As a result, I have had to redo the math and my cast on several times.

I got frustrated at first but then I calmed down and remembered that this happens to me almost every time I start a sweater.

 

What is your experience swatching?

 

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New Sweater Project – 2009 NaKniSweMoDo

100% White Alpaca & Gray Mohair   

 

100% White Alpaca & Gray Mohair

 

Have you ever found yourself staring at the yarn you wanted to use but weren’t able to start a project? I’m at that point now in terms of the next sweater that I’m knitting for the Ravelry NaKniSweMoDo (aka National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon). I want to  use the 100% alpaca and the lace mohair with a tiny thread of silver (think Rowan Silk Haze)  that I bought at Silk City Fibers last month. 

What  I have in mind is a  sweater that I can use  by itself or with a jacket. To get some inspiration, I turned to some of my knitting books and didn’t find anything that fit the bill.

In the process, I decided that I wanted a sweater that had the feeling of lingerie to since the alpaca is delightfully soft and has a slight haze. While I didn’t find a specific pattern, I knew that I wanted a close fitting sweater with some lace added to it.

I remembered seeing Thermal in Knitty which has some great comments on Ravelry. While it is close to the image that was developing in my mind, it was too casual. Also, on closer examination, it is knit in the round with limited if any shaping. I wanted a close fitting garment so I decided to marry the best of  Thermal with a basic pullover with a scoop neck. Interestingly, many of the Ravelry posts complained about the use of the small needles. Since I made three tops using size 1 or 2s, this shouldn’t be a problem.

While doing my research, I saw the lace cuffs from Lace Style and decided to add them using the grey mohair.  I plan to use buttons to make the cuffs detachable.

Since I have a lot of the grey mohair, I am thinking of adding a sheer cardigan or wrap like the  Cardi Cozy in the new Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. (Please note that there are errata posted on Ravelry.) I will change the pattern since I don’t like the cables or the tie in front. (Of course, I don’t have to decide about this until I finish the white sweater.)

To further dress it up,  I am going to make a lacey grey scarf to add drama to the neck line.

Do you have these types of problems thinking about your next projects?

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