I’m really enjoying the knitting of the miters.
Frarochvia had several questions (by the way, I don’t remember my pre-Lasik prescription — sorry!):
I love the idea of your mitered sweater! How will you handle the shaping for neck/shoulders? I assume this will be a rather boxy sweater, yes?
Any particular reason why garter stitch vs stockinette?
Actually, several of you asked about the shaping. I’m planning this as a tunic-type sweater, with a round neck and dropped shoulders. Loose-fitting, to wear over a shirt or turtleneck.
How do you do a round neck in a sweater knit from squares? With triangles! Here is a quick and dirty schematic of how you can use knitted triangles to create curves:
I’ll be doing something like that for the neckline of this sweater. Then I’ll pick up stitches and knit a neckband.
You could do your armhole shaping with some well-placed triangles as well, but I’m planning a drop-shoulder sweater.
Why garter stitch? A couple of reasons. I really like the way mitered squares look done in garter stitch. Stockinette, not so much. Another reason — I’m using fingering weight yarn to knit this sweater, and I’d like it to have a little body. Garter stitch makes it a bit thicker and sturdier.
I’m wondering — are you using sock yarn oddballs or are you – gasp! – using a bit from ‘virgin’ skeins? Will it be so little that the skein is not ‘ruined’ for socks?
I’m using whole skeins. Woo!
I went into the stash and selected a bunch of sock yarns in greens and browns — 16 different ones. While I won’t use all of this yarn for this sweater, I will use enough from each skein so that there won’t be enough left to knit a pair of socks from each color. But the remnants will go into my “modular” stash. No worries!
I’m curious as to the names of the colorways that you are using.
We-e-ell, I’m using the following
Koigu — P514
Claudia’s Handpainted — Boot Camp
Claudia’s Handpainted — Jungle
Claudia’s Handpainted — Leopard
Claudia’s Handpainted — Eat Your Veggies
Cherry Tree Hill — Earth Potluck
All Thing Heather — Sherwood
Cabin Cove — unnamed colorway in tan and brown
Black Bunny Fibers — Tawny
Fleece Artist — Moss
Fleece Artist — Bronze
Mountain Colors — Red Tail Hawk
Twisted — Ankh
Scarlet Fleece — Sand and Sea
Lavender Sheep — Cinder
Yarntini — 4-8-15-16-23-42
Okay so now here’s the question I have to ask, your knit from your stash thingy, in which you can buy only sock yarn, can you buy sock yarn if it’s for a sweater? It is still technically labeled and targeted as sock yarn, is this a loop hole?
All these sock yarns I am using for this sweater were taken out of my stash. Some of these yarns were in my stash at the start of my “Knit From Your Stash” thingy, and some were acquired since then. But all of these sock yarns were acquired with the idea of knitting socks. I hadn’t even thought about making the mitered square sweater until I was almost done with the Alpine Lace. (Incidentally, I’m planning on blocking said Alpine Lace on Sunday.)
So I think I’ve not broken any of the rules. Rather, I’m displaying a creative use for my sock yarn.
Have you seen the book “Knits From A Painter’s Palette.” It basically could be renamed “101 items to make out of mitered squares in Koigu, from sweaters and jackets to a pair of trousers. If you like the look of your sweater, you’ll love that book, if for no other reason than the pictures.
I have indeed. It’s a beautiful book to thumb through and drool over the colors. Great inspiration!
The winner of the “leave a comment win a prize contest” is lurker Cricket. Thanks for delurking to comment, Cricket, and thank you so much to all of you who left comments. It’s been a very festive blog-i-versary indeed.
I’ve got another book to give away this week.
This week’s book is Sight Unseen by Robert Goddard, whose books I highly recommend.
Would you like it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday April 8, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a lucky recipient. Once again, anyone with a mailing address on Planet Earth is welcome to enter the drawing.
There have been some inquiries about Lucy’s health. She is recovering. She still is limping, but not as badly, and she has gotten more playful as she starts feeling better.
“I’m cute, too! Don’t forget to tell ‘em I’m cute!”