Boy, you guys sure have strong opinions about knit versus crochet edging for this sweater! 🙂
As I mentioned yesterday, I worked up a lace edging for my Pinwheel Sweater. I knit a little swatch of it to see how it looks.
This is two repeats worth. It looks a little wonky because I was still working out the direction of the decreases as I knit it. And the fact that I knit the sample in a different yarn makes it a little hard to visualize. But I think I like it.
It’s a 16-row repeat, and you attach it to the body of the sweater on every other row, so it’s one repeat per 8 stitches of the edge of the sweater. This will work out perfectly, as the sweater ends up with 440 stitches around — that’s 55 repeats of the edging.
The sleeves start with 80 stitches and the pattern directs you to decrease down to 70 stitches. However, I don’t thin I’ll do the decreases — I think I prefer a sleeve that’s not tapered. (But if I did do decreases, I’d decrease down to 72, which would accommodate 9 repeats of the lace edging.)
The crocheted edging on the sleeves is deeper than on the body. I’m going to do mine the same as the edging on the body. I plan to knit the body edging before I start the sleeves. Then I’ll try the sweater on to see how long I have to knit to the sleeves before starting the edging, as it’ll be a bit longer than the pattern directs.
After I’m sure I’ve got all the kinks worked out, I’ll post my edging chart so anyone else who wants to do a knitted lace rather than crocheted lace can use it.
Meanwhile, on the sweater, I’m at the point where I am putting stitches on a holder for the sleeves. For each sleeve, you put 40 stitches on a holder, and then provisionally cast on 40 stitches over it to continue in the round.
I did a crochet chain for the provisional cast-on. That’s about the extent of my crochet abilities. 😉
There was a question in the comments about how I am doing the increases. I’m doing a knit in the front and back of stitch, which, I believe, is what the pattern specifies — don’t have it front of me and I’m too lazy to go check it.
Here’s a gratuitous photo of the increases.
And here’s a gratuitous photo of Lucy.