Tuesday, June 29, 2010

the math lied

According to my calculations this ribbing should be 22" wide and as you can see... it certainly is NOT! Oh well this is why knitting teaches us patience. I will rip it out and start over.

casting on 96 stitches on a size 7. Too bad I have given up desserts on weekdays I could use some chocolate about now.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

more swatching

My second swatch (on the left) for the big comfy sweater that Lindsey Lohan is wearing in my previous post came out closer to the gauge in the photo. But, I think I am going to go with the look on the right.

On the Left: 24 stitches. 2 x 2 ribbing with size 8 needle. On the last row of ribbing I decreased all the P2 to P1. I switched to a size 11 needle and on the WS row I did a M1 for each of the purls that I would be making on the RS rows. That way, when I dropped those purls (to make all of those ladders) they would stop running when they reached the ribbing.

Are you following me so far?
On the Right: 24 stitches. I made it the same way I did the lefty swatch with the exception that I used a #7 needle on the ribbing and a #10 on the body of the swatch.

I picked this pumpkin colored sweater in my closet to use for those over-sized measurements. My pooch, Minnie, insisted on getting in the picture. I think she looks pretty cute!

Above is my schematic. The swatch is 4" wide at the ribbing (5.33sts = 1")
and 7.5" for the body (3 sts = 1")

The back is one big rectangle and according to my Pumpkin sweater I need to make the ribbing 22" and then increase to 25" wide. With 5.33 (ribbing) stitches to the inch I will need to cast-on 116 stitches (22 x 5.33= 117.2) [this figure turned out to be wrong I ended up with 96 stitches for the cast-on]. I need to chart out where I am going to put the knits and the purls above the ribbing. My interpretation of the sweater I am copying is that the cables are thrown in randomly. I'd like mine to look that way too. I have to be careful and put the drop stitches roughly at the same frequency as the swatch. Too many and my sweater will be too wide!

edit: ugh! I made math errors in the last paragraph, they have been fixed.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Swatching for Lindsey

Deborah, you liked Lindsey's sweater and said "let's make it"....here goes!

I decided that this slouchy sweater should be made with a firm sort of yarn. Louet - Merlin (Merino and Linen) is what came to mind. It's machine washable and dryable and the linen component should add some stability to the floppy nature of this loosely knit pullover.

There are some mathematics that I am going to have to sort out, I want the closely knit ribbing on the bottom and edge of the sleeves which then transitions to a way bigger needle for the rest of the garment...not to mention the way it widens after dropping the stitches.

I ribbed with a #7 and then used a #10.5 for the cable bit. The ribbing is too narrow for the rest of the swatch. I am thinking that I may bind off a stitch at the point that the dropped stitches originate. On the next row I'll have to add a stitch that will later be dropped.

Just think, Lindsey just had to drive to some posh boutique and pay $800 or so for that sweater she's wearing!