Saturday, February 26, 2005

Noro cabled scarf

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Bulky Cabled Sweater for Mom III

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Bulky Cabled Sweater for Mom II

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Bulky Cabled Sweater for Mom

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Noro Kureyon Scarf

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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

A public reply

Below is my reply on LJ to people asking me questions regarding my seamless-top-down-set-in-sleeve sweater:


Hi all!

Here is the method I used (it's an entry I posted a couple of month back).

I did one thing differently tho. Instead of knitting the neckband first, I decided to knit it last so the neck join looks more smoothly. Since the neck is cast-on instead of bind-off, the seam (pick-up seam not sewing seam) will be thinner but will still give stability and hold shape of the neck.

In Barbara Walter's book she instructed cast-on waste yarn for the shoulders so the shoulder seam will be completely seamless (as if grafted). I used e-wrap cast-on instead. I feel e-wrap cast on give stability and hold shape of the shoulders but not as tight and bulky as other methods of cast on. The end result made shoulder seams look as if you did a three-needle-bind off. The top two paragraphs conclude my FIRST choice of knitting method.

There's a SECOND way to knit set-in sleeve seamlessly, which is converting the pattern circularly, knit up to underarms, knit front and back seperately, 3-ndl-bo shoulders and then pickup stitches around the armhole and short-row shape the sleeve caps. After trying to knit a sweater that way, I personally prefer the first method better. It is VERY DIFFICULT (at least for me) to convert a commercial pattern when picking up for sleeve caps then short-row... and I often have a hard time guessing how to space out the pickup stitches (if not spaced properly as the sleeve cap curves the pickup seam will pucker). Also! for set-in sweater designs that has STEEP sleeve cap shaping the second method would not work or makes the seam looks ugly/hole-ly.

That concludes my personal experience/opinion on the matter =)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Growing and growing...

Casted on 36 stitches and knit in garter stitches:

One our later...

Three evenings of TV later...

Two more evenings and it'll be finished.

Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 100% wool, approximately 4.5 balls needed for the project
Needles: Addi-Turbo 24-inch circular in size 8
Project: A 8x64 scarf

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Seamless top-down set-in sleeve sweater!

Remember how I talked about wanting to knit a seamless top-down set-in sleeve sweater with sleeve caps knitted simultaneously with the body? Well I actually sat down and started working on it!

I chose a commercial baby-size sweater pattern (to speed up the experiment). The most difficult part is to convert all the stitch alternations up-side down and in rounds instead of rows (lots of pen and paper needed to keep track).

It is quite difficult to start (shoulder shaping, neck shaping AND SOON sleeve cap shaping all at the same time), but after I get pass the shoulders, it's smooth sailing.

Check out the in-progress pictures!

Too bad they're baby size so I can't try them on and feel the totally seam-free, stretchable vertically, horizontally and diagonally comfort =)

I'll post the picture of finished sweater when I get the chance!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Morphed Gauge

Before I start to knit this bulky sweater, my 8 square inch of flat-gauge is 9sts/25rows. After I cast on and knit the sweater body circularly, I measured and my gauge shrinked to 10.5sts/29rows. Terrible, terrible, terrible!!!

There's just no telling of what my gauge will become when I knit circularly. Sometimes the gauge expand, sometimes it shrinks!

I've already knitted two balls of yarns when I noticed my gauge problem. I am so aggrevated right now I even thought of giving up knitting all together!


Sunday, December 05, 2004

Shoulder shaping

I was in Taiwan for 10 days. I'm now back!

I had to fly to Vancouver before I can catch the plane to Taiwan. I brought this vest with me and gave it to my mother when I was in Vancouver (the vest is a tad bit too small for me).

It does fit her. However, this vest is made with a general pattern from Ann Budd's "Knitter's handy book of patterns". Her vest design does not have shoulder shaping (the shoulders are bind-offed straight). It looked odd on my mother because of it. The top of the armband flared up and did not fit the shoulder tip.

I would just like to say that, from this experience, I found shoulder shaping NECESSARY for any kind of sleeveless top, especially bulky vest! (because bulky knitted fabric does not drape well.)