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Cassis KAL – Progression

Sweater knitting is a different experience for me personally. It is my knitting growing edge for sure.

AM Cassis in progress 1

Angela’s Cassis in progress in PDS Worsted yarn

There are several reasons sweaters or more properly garments for adults are my knitting growth edge. First, because they are large projects, I get bored with them. No surprise there, I am a knitting project starter more than a finisher. Because garments for adults get worn much longer and not outgrown like children’s garments, my brain tells me it is more important to get them exactly right. Now this is slightly silly since I have purchased plenty of garments that aren’t exactly right and I am okay with that.

So, once we get to exactly right land, I have a challenge on my hands. My standard operating procedure for this situation is to freeze up and not move on. You know, deer in the headlights effect. While you might not have this challenge with knitting sweaters or in knitting in general, my guess is that you too have run into this phenomenon somewhere in your life. So this is what the Cassis KAL is for me, an opportunity to push past that frozen stance and actually knit a sweater. Who knew knitting could teach you so much about yourself and how you approach life?

AM Cassis in progress 2

My progress isn’t terribly spectacular. I am also knitting a sweater for my daughter. However, I am optimistic I will finish by the end of the KAL, March 15. Some participants have finished. You can see more in progress or finished sweater pictures over in the Ravelry thread.

Class at work-001

The above picture is the Cassis KAL class held in the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe itself (home of Polkadotsheep.com). At the end of this post I will tell you what yarns in the background.

As you move towards the end of your sweater, here are some consideration to think on.

  1. Your bind off at the bottom of the sweater and at the cuffs. The pattern directs you to bind off in pattern. As you work, be careful you do not bind off too tightly. The fronts of your sweater will not drape as you might hope if your cast off is pulling inward.
  2. Remember your gauge may be a bit tighter as you knit in the round on the sleeves than the body flat. I know that this can be the case for me. The reason for this difference is many people purl looser than they knit. Just be mindful and keep it relaxed.
  3. Your sleeves decreases. The rate of decreases may be a bit quick for your arms especially with long sleeves. I encourage you to try on your sweater when you have one sleeve knit to just above the elbow to judge the fit. If it is too snug, consider slowing the rate of decreases to one or two more rounds between decreases. For example, if you are decreasing at every 5th round, try decreasing every 6th or 7th round.
  4. Be willing to rip out something that doesn’t satisfy you. I have learned that designers may spend more time unmaking a design as making the design. Knitting is super forgiving. There isn’t many things in life that are as easy as knitting to take apart and put back together again. In sewing you will need more fabric to cut new pieces, in cooking, you will need all the ingredients again, in golf you can’t get a stroke back. Embrace this wonderfully little perk of working with yarn and needles (or hook, it is true for crochet as well).

As promised, the yarn in picture of Knit ‘n Needle

Tell us about your Cassis progress or finished project in the comments or in the Ravelry KAL thread.

What has knitting or crocheting taught you about yourself? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy yarn loving!

~ Angela M.

Other posts in this series:

  1. First KAL of 2014 – It’s a Sweater!
  2. Swatch That Sweater – Cassis KAL

February 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm 2 comments

Grafting Using the Kitchener Stitch Tutorial

Grafting using the Kitchener stitch is a very useful knitting skill. Grafting uses live stitches and creates a seamless transition around the edge of the knit when it is worn. If you are sock knitter, chances are you have used the kitchener stitch. But that isn’t the only time when having no seam or bound off edge is desirable.

When working in double knit in the round, grafting the finished edge is also very desirable. It is the only way to have an edge where each side remains distinct. If you want to have a top edge that mirrors your cast on edge using the two color cast on we recommended, you will want to kitchener stitch your top edge.

The Sprout Cowl pattern gives instructions on using the kitchener stitch to finish. If you are knitting this project as part of our Double Your Fun KAL, you will need to note that the instructions in this tutorial and in the Sprout Cowl pattern. The end result is exactly the same. This tutorial mirrors the instructions in the Polka Dot Sheep Publications patterns such as Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat (our bestselling pattern).

Set up Kitchener

Step 1A Kitchener stitch

Step 1b of Kitchener Stitch

Step 1c of Kitchener stitch

Step 2 of Kitchener Stitch

Step 3a of Kitchener Stitch

Step 3b of Kitchener Stitch

Step 3c of Kitchener Stitch

Step 4 of Kitchener stitch

Step 5 of Kitchener stitch

End Kitchener Stitch

The Double Your Fun KAL wraps up this Friday, November 21, 2013. This is the final technique post for the series. Look for a finished project post in the next few week.

I finished my cowl last night. The project for my daughter and she promptly took the cowl, put it on, snuggled her face down into it and went to bed. I am not sure if she actually wore it to bed but it certainly seemed possible. So I haven’t gotten any pictures of it yet.

But the grafting using the kitchener stitches is certainly not limited to double knitting. It is especially useful closing toes on top down socks and closing the top of mittens or glove fingertips. These are places that seams are often uncomfortable and cumbersome. The kitchener stitch also makes for a great straight edge such as on the top of the Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat. Then there are countless other times you might have live stitches to graft together.

The three points on the Charlie’s Sock Yarn Hat are formed by grafting.

Check out our upcoming KAL, Lomonds for the Whole Family, starting Sunday, November 24, 2013. The holidays are coming, these mitts are perfect!

As always thanks for joining us at Polka Dot Sheep and happy knitting!

~Angela M.

November 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm 6 comments

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