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Archive for September 2010

September 27, 2010

What do you think?

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well, she loves it!

Time to attach the top of the kangaroo pouch. Next a little blocking and then all will be done. I’m actually feeling a bit sad that it will soon be over.

September 26, 2010

Quick Update

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a quick update for you on this good Sunday morning. The hood is finished. TC is wearing a large bun on the back of her head which is pulling the hood back a bit. A big bun on the back of your head isn’t the best hairdo for hood wearing. The raglan is really looking great. I could call it quits at this point but this girl has a tall order. Here is what else she suggested at this try on session.

1) TC’s decided she would like a couple inches added to the ribbing at the bottom edge of the body. She raised her arms way over her head to pull the sweater up at the waist and said, “See?” I had to laugh. How often to you stretch and raise your arms straight up above your head? Not often in my estimation. I obliged.

2) She wants 9-inch ties done in Grass with multi-colored poms at the ends, just decorative not functioning so as to cinch the hood. That will be easy.

3) Plus, she still wants that pocket. We discussed different types of pockets, two side, one side, straight up and down, slanted, or one kangaroo or sweatshirt style pouch in the center front. And….she has decided on the kangaroo pouch.

Coming right up! It’s so fun to make TC a sweater all her own with her chosen design elements. She loves seeing her sweater come to fruition. I am truly enjoying this whole thing to the fullest.

I have already pulled out the bound off edge on the bottom of the body and added on two more inches. I think this will only be good so she can wear it longer. Now there are 3-inches of rib at the body edge. I have one green tie completed. I am hoping to get the ties and pocket tackled today. It may or may not happen as Sundays tend to take their own course.

Plus, you honestly wouldn’t believe the amount of laundry I have piling up. I’d much rather knit all day but unfortunately people do need clean clothes around here. What a demanding family (just kidding).

On a side note, I have to say that I never tire of knitting with Spud & Chloë Sweater. It is one gorgeous, functional, soft and smooshy yarn!  And the colors? The best.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

September 23, 2010

Three-Needle Bind Off

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am making progress on the hood. Today I filmed a quick video showing how I am joining the top seam of the hood. I decided on a three-needle bind off. It is a simple and slick technique that is worth learning. You can use it in many different situations.

Next up I will be picking up the edging for the hood. TC also wants ties with pom-poms and either a kangaroo pocket or two separate pockets. The pocket style is yet to be determined…

I’m so close to being done I can taste it!

September 22, 2010

Picking Up Stitches

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Today I have a video tutorial for you on how to pick up stitches on the neckline of a sweater. I am picking up for a hood but for a simple neckline edging without a hood you use the same technique only you would continue picking up stitches all the way around and then join to work in the round. For a neckline edging you would want to use a 16 inch circular needle.

For the hood you pick up the stitches and then work back and forth to the desired length. Then you need to join the top seam of the hood together by either binding off and stitching together with a yarn needle, using a three-needle bind off or using the kitchener stitch.

Here is what I am doing for the hood on TC’s Raglan:

Pick up stitches using US size 7 twenty-four inch circular needles as follows:

Starting on the right front about 1 1/2 inches down from the raglan line pick up 5 stitches.

Pick up 8 stitches across the right sleeve.

Pick up 25 stitches across the back.

Pick up 8 stitches across the left sleeve.

Pick up 5 stitches down the left front.

51 stitches total are now on the needle.

Begin working back and forth.

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k1, (kfb, k4) repeat ( ) to the end (61 stitches)

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k1, (kfb, k5) repeat ( ) to the end (71 stitches)

Purl 1 row.

Next row: k1, kfb, knit to the end. (72 stitches)

Work even until the hood measures 12 inches from the pick up row. Place 36 stitches on a spare needle to prepare for the kitchener stitch. Join the stitches together at the top of the hood using the kitchener stitch.

I’ll be back as soon as I finish the hood to show how to put on the hood and remaining neckline edging.

I hope this helps!

September 20, 2010

Cuff Conclusion

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Yesterday TC tried on the sleeve and cuff options. Her right sleeve is the second option and the left is the first option I finished.

The right sleeve is knit to 13 inches and then there is a 6 inch ribbed cuff with the thumbhole opening from 16 to 17.5 inches. The total length of the sleeve is 19 inches from the underarm. The thumbhole placement is at a slightly different point on the round.

The left sleeve is knit to 11 inches and then there is a 7 inch ribbed cuff with the thumbhole opening from 16 to 17 inches. The total length of the sleeve is 18 inches from the underarm.

My overall assessment is that the right sleeve or the second try is the one I am sticking with so I’ve already ripped back the left sleeve. I love the fact that the top down style of sweater knitting allows for easy adjustment of the sleeves and the body length and edgings.

TC liked both sleeves and didn’t seem to mind either option.

I love the turned up cuff look as well. The cuff could even be turned up again for more of a 3/4 length sleeve.

This is the inside of the sweater. I don’t know why but I have always loved the purl side of stripes. I guess it’s that little blip of color that shows up on the round when you are changing colors.

Here is the purl side view with all of the ends woven in and trimmed. I’ll be back soon with the hood and the finished sleeves.

I hope you are all hanging in there! I’m starting to see some finished raglans popping up on Ravelry so that is fun. It’s good to see the success.