As I expected, my mentioning knitting shoulder straps onto the body of a sweater prompted some comments.
Is there a formula for knitting the straps to the body? If the pattern instructions don’t explain how to do it, I sort of play it by ear. Sometimes it works out one-to-one, sometimes it doesn’t. As far as Max is concerned, I’ll let you know once I do it.
And I was asked to post a photo of the technique. I’ll try. Most of my knitting is done when I’m alone, so it’s sometimes difficult for me to get good photos of techniques, but I’ll do my best.
Here’s a brief and hopefully coherent description of how it works.
You have a sleeve complete, and you’ve cast off on each side of the shoulder strap, so you have “x” number of stitches left “live” on the needle.
You have the front and the back of the sweater with the shoulder stitches on holders. Put the shoulder stitches on one side of the front on a needle. Do the same for the back. If you were to lay the pieces out flat, it’ll look something like this:
So you’ve got the shoulder strap stitches on one dpn or circular needle, the front shoulder stitches on one needle, and the back shoulder stitches on one needle.
Work across the shoulder strap stitches as you normally would for a right-side row, and work the last stitch of the strap together with the first stitch at the edge of the front shoulder, i.e., knit 2 together, or purl 2 together, depending on your pattern.
Then work across the shoulder strap stitches as you normally would for a wrong-side row, and work the last stitch of the strap together with the first stitch at the edge of the back shoulder.
And continue on until you have worked all the way up to the neck and you have no more live shoulder stitches left on the front or the back.
Does this make sense? No fair laughing at my sketch, by the way. As I said, I’ll try to post good photos when I get to that point.
Not to be outdone by Beth’s dog Bo, Geane’s kitty Damsel poses for a Mouse-a-thon cheesecake photo!
And I received some cute l’il mousies from Brigid in Brooklyn, NY. Thanks!
Lucy plays spokesmodel for Max’s sleeve: