Saturday, February 18, 2006

Next Fair Isle Project

I've started the "Traditional" pullover from SFC. After knitting half of the first pattern repeat friend AnneB thought it looked small so we measured it. It measured 34" and I measure 39"..... so it was ripped out and re-knit on larger needles. Now on a size 5 it is coming out exactly to gauge and I am starting the second pattern repeat. I'm finding this one much easier to do than the "Northwest Sunset" vest because it is a very easy pattern to memorize, and there are no long strands.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Northwest Sunset Vest

It fits!

It's A Vest!

The "Northwest Sunset" vest is done! Wonder of wonders - it fits! I really enjoyed the process, and am very pleased with the result. Although I have always done two handed knitting and spit splices, I had never done a steek before. It was much easier than I ever imagined and I will probably never do another sweater without using one.

Thanks to AnneB for introducing me to this KAL and to Rebecca for hosting it. I have already started another Fair Isle, the Traditional Pullover in SFC. I'm off for warmer climates next week so will not be able to follow everyones progress for awhile, can't wait to see how all the other sweaters work out.


Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Steeks are Cut

Well, that was traumatic but I did it! I actually CUT my sweater! So far so good, now on joining the shoulder seams and picking up the band stitches. It was easier than I thought it would be.

Ready to Cut Steeks

For those who are knitting the Northwest Sunset Vest, the directions for what to do when you reach the end of the charts assume you know what you are doing. This is my first attempt at steeks, and though the book has good directions on how to cut them, it did not tell me what to do with my knitting when I finished the last row. After reading finishing directions for other sweaters in the book, I have un-knit my last row and re-knit it binding off the steek stitches. I put the shoulder stitches on waste yarn, basted a line up the center of the steek, And am ready to machine stitch. My fingers are crossed, on to the sewing machine!