I began this sleeveless top over a year ago. No real pattern, just knitted what I thought would fit. I don’t remember when I finished the actual knitting but I didn’t get it seamed up until the beginning of May.
I don’t like it.
It’s too large.
I’m swimming in it.
I don’t like it. Did I already say that?
Nobody wants to see that!!!
So I took it to the Frog Pond, ripped it out and wound all the yarn into balls. I started knitting Sunny Day Top by Drops Design 170-32.
April showers bring May flowers so the true colors are not quite shown in the photos below due to the snowy/rainy and cloudy days we’re experiencing this week.
Finished the body and began one sleeve.
I need to find my bamboo double-pointed needles as these metal ones are very slippery and the stitches fall off the ends. Of course, I could use more than four needles with fewer stitches on the needles.
Picot hem – though I did not cut the green yarn yet. Just in case I don’t like it, I can rip it out and try something else without worrying about having too much or too little yarn to work with. I really hope blocking will keep the bottom edge from curling. If not, I’ll need to come up with another plan.
Cable cast-on two stitches and bind off five. Place the last bind off stitch back on the left needle, cable cast-on two stitches and repeat to the end of the row. Not hard but it uses more yarn.
If you have been following me for some time, you know I don’t like to sew seams. However, seams do add structure. So I made fake seams by doing a reverse stockinette stitch at the center underarm point all the way down to the hem.
It looks like a seam and will (hopefully) keep the sweater from twisting out of shape. Have you ever used that technique? More importantly – does it work?
The colors are so close in tone that they almost blend together.
It’s very difficult to tell them apart while knitting particularly under incandescent lights.
I decided to go with a two-row stripe and since I have one more ball of the mallard (green) color, I began with it and will use it as the button band color.
The increase rows are distracting to me but that’s the nature of this beast. Hopefully blocking will even out those stitches so they are less noticeable.The wrong side.The neck edge is just four rows of garter stitch. I was thinking of making a picot hem for the sweater but keep the garter stitch at the sleeve hem. Just not sure. Would two different hem edges look dumb?
I just can’t be without some knitting project. I am addicted to yarn and sticks. After finishing the last project, I couldn’t bring myself to work on the Bacardi Cardi just yet. Concentration is needed for the color charts and all those yarns hanging off the sides.
My plan is to knit a top-down, circular yoke, seamless sweater. For. Me. Like this:
Using these two colors of yarn that were…wait for it…
…on sale. 654 yards of Debbie Bliss Mia in Mallard (green) and 545 yards of Aqua.
I searched and searched the interwebs and Ravelry for a simple top-down circular, seamless adult-sized sweater. I found the Knitting Fiend Yoke-u-lator and plugged in my numbers. Voila! A simple pattern for the math.
My granddaughter’s green sweater is the February Baby Sweater on two needles and the taupe and tan sweater for my grandson is a combination of the February Baby Sweater and the Knitting Fiend calculations.
There is not enough of one color of either so this sweater will be two colors. Not sure if that means evenly spaced stripes, unevenly spaced stripes, color blocks, or something different. I’m just making it up as I go.