Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:59 pm
celticdragonfly: (Default)
It started SNOWING outside!

Yes, yes, my northern friends will think nothing of this. But hey, this is Fort Worth, TX. Snow is uncommon here.

So of course we had to bundle up the baby and take her out into her first snow. And take pictures.

Also got the chance to take pics of my new sweater, which I'd just finished, and am now quite grateful to have done.
celticdragonfly: (Knitting patterns - Dumbledore)
Celtic Braids cardigan - first sleeve, have been doing decreases every 3rd row.

Got to 64 stitches. Put in a life line, now going to decreasing every 2nd row.
celticdragonfly: (Firefly -River - I'll knit)
I am continuing to work on the Celtic Braids cardigan. It's a bit nerve-wracking - despite having done multiple baby sweaters and kid sweaters, this is the first one for me - my first set of adult sleeves.

I'm at the point on the sweater sleeve where I think I want to stop doing reductions every 3 rows and start doing them every 2 rows. The pattern had called for every 4 rows - clearly that would have given me sleeves for a gorilla.

Before I go ahead with that decision, I'm spending time working on finishing details. This is to make it easier to try things on and get a clearer idea of how the finished garment will look, and make the decisions easier.

Yeah, right, you didn't believe that either, did you? I'm procrastinating wildly to avoid deciding what to do on the sleeve and whether or not I should put in a second life-line. But hey, at least I'm still making actual progress on the sweater. This has to get done sooner or later, and this way there will be less to tidy up at the end.

I have all the extant ends woven in, and 4 of the 9 buttons sewn on. I will knit fearlessly, but when it comes to things like sewing on buttons, I'm back to feeling like a 7 year old trying to sew something for her teddy bear. I don't think my skills at that have much improved, either. But it ought to do.
celticdragonfly: (Knitting for dummies - Jayne)
I did a lot of math yesterday, consulted [ profile] bkseiver on the phone for sanity checks, and figured out how to do the sweater sleeve. Not 3" past the join and reduce every 4th row, no. I needed 2.5" past the join and then reduce every 3rd row. Okay. Worked on it.

Did some more sleeve knitting this morning, realized I'd gotten to 3"
past the join, not 2.5. Tinked back a couple of rows. Measured.
2.5". Counted rows. 14.

When I laid down the sweater and measured yesterday, I was getting 6.5
to 7 rows per inch. But if I'm getting that 2.5" and 14 rows, that's
5.6 rows per inch, and it will be totally different.


maybe I just can't do sweaters with sleeves...
celticdragonfly: (HHGG - knitting - improbable)
I just finished the buttonhole band / button band / neckband on the braids cardigan. (It's all done in one long piece) Being on Ravelry is encouraging me to document my knitting way better than I used to.

I still have to do the sleeves, weave in ends, and sew on the buttons. But man, I'm really beginning to believe that this is going to become a finished sweater that I can wear!

For the buttonhole row, I used the one-row buttonhole method I documented in an earlier post. I laid it out and decided to use 9 buttons. The front up to the corner (where it becomes the neck) was 90 stitches. So that part was:

K3, (4-stitch one row buttonhole, K6) 8 times, (4-stitch one row buttonhole) once, K3. The last knit stitch was actually an increase stitch at the corner, following the pattern, so it was a kfb - that's how I prefer to do my M1s.

Now to go pick up for the sleeves.
celticdragonfly: (Wimsey - string - perfectly simple if yo)
I got this from, but now it's not there any more, so I'm going to put it here so I can find it later.

Work the required number of stitches before starting the buttonhold.

As if to knit, slip one stitch. Between the tips of the needles, bring the yarn to the front of the work and drop it. As if to knit, slip the next stitch from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle and pass the first slipped stitch over the second slipped stitch and off the needle. Not using the dropped yarn, bind off the required number of stitches in this manner.

Slip the last stitch on the right hand needle back to the left hand needle. Turn the work around. Bring yarn to the front. At the edge where the buttonhole was started, using the twisted method of casting on purlwise, cast on one more stitch than the number that you bound off.

Turn the work around. Slip the first stitch from the left hand needle to the right needle as if to knit. Slip the extra cast on stitch over the next stitch and then slip this stitch back onto the left-hand needle.


The twisted purl cast on method provides a firm edge. It is decorative on both sides of the work.

To begin, make a slip knot and place on left needle.

Insert the right needle into the back of the stitch (furthest from you) as if to purl.

Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if to purl and pull loop through. This twists the stitch.

Place the new stitch on the left needle.

Continue to purl through the back of the stitch on the left needle and place the new stitch on the left needle.
celticdragonfly: (Knitting patterns - Dumbledore)
Okay, partway through the button band and neckband. Need to figure out how many buttonholes and how big they are going to be.

There are 90 stitches along the front right part, before it becomes neckband. I have 10 buttons, not sure how many I want to use. An odd number of them.

Going to have to figure out how many stitches per buttonhole. Chatted with [ profile] bkseiver - she says I just have to swatch it, although at least she could give me a starting point and talk about how it should be almost the size of the button.

So I went upstairs and found the box with the rest of the yarn, and am swatching.

Okay, having swatched I'm pretty happy with the 4-stitch version of the one-row buttonhole, version 4.

Damn, good thing I kept it in a printout - the webpage is gone.

So now do to the math. But I also want to try it on and figure out the gaposis spot.


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