There were a lot of questions in the comments to yesterday’s post. so I will attempt to answer some of them today.
PICAdrienne asked, about the color of the yarn I am using:
On my monitor the color in some pictures is turquoise, and in others more of a teal. Which do you think is a better description of the color?
I’d say it is more of a turquoise. Getting good pictures is difficult these days because it is often dark when I get home (like it was yesterday due to rain and today due to clouds and gloom) so I sometimes have to take flash photos.
I’m wondering what factors come into consideration in converting the pattern from circular to flat?
I’m thinking this sweater would be pretty easy to convert from circular into flat. You can just divide the total stitches by half for the bottom portion. Because you divide and knit separately once you get to the armholes, that part is a snap.
Is there a benefit to steam blocking as opposed to wet blocking?
Well, for one thing, it’s a lot faster and easier. Also, when you want to block just one part of the garment, steam blocking is very useful! I tend to do minimal blocking on my sweaters, so I usually just go over the pieces lightly with the steam iron.
Penny T commented:
Could you please identify those stitch holders and where they came from? They look much more elegant than the yarn scraps I use!
Those are double-ended stitch holders made by Clover, and very handy they are too!
What are your thoughts on Rowan Wool/Cotton? I used it once for a cursed sweater (another story for another time); liked knitting with it but it seemed to stretch.
I have knit with it once and liked it very much. There was stretching for me while I was knitting with it. I have yet to wear the sweater knit from it, so can’t comment on stretching there. I think I have another sweater’s worth in the stash.
Daniele commented (on my thoughts about making another sweater based on this design):
Will you use a different lace pattern for that one?
Absolutely! While I like the lace pattern for this sweater very much, I would use something completely different for another sweater so it wouldn’t look too much like this one. I’ve got some ideas swimming around in my head . . .
Several of you asked me to expound on how I translated the “stair step” decreases on the shoulder into short rows. Here’s what I did:
What the pattern said (more or less):
(Over a total of 17 stitches) at the armhole edge, bind off 9 stitches once, then 8 stitches once.
What I did:
Starting at the armhole edge, knit across all 17 stitches. Turn your work. Purl 8 stitches, and wrap the next stitch. Turn, and slip the wrapped stitch unworked back to the right needle, knit across the remaining 8 stitches.
Purl one more row all the way across, picking up each wrap and purling it together with the stitch it wrapped. This step is even more important if you have a shoulder that has several “steps” — it creates the nice smooth slanted line you want before you do your bind-off.
Then I work the 3-needle bind-off.
There you go.
Here’s some food for thought:
It’s not my intention to insult or criticize. Your sweater, like everything else you make, is a work of art….but….do you ever think “this cotton sweater cost $X? So I better wear it every day for the rest of my life, and then get buried in it, to get my money’s worth?”
Okay, I found this to be a thought-provoking comment. I don’t think in those terms, because I think of knitting as an entertainment. Most of the time, I make a knitted garment for the joy of knitting, not for the resulting finished product. I don’t take expensive vacations or spend much money on other hobbies, so a good portion of my entertainment budget goes towards knitting.
What do you all think? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this topic.
And one last thing . . .
Renee sent me an email recently, explaining that she is an undergraduate student, conducting a Sociology survey. Her research is about life course events and the impact they have on the ways knitters feel about their knitting and leisure time.
She is looking for knitters to take her survey. Here’s the link.
The estimated completion time is 20 minutes, but I took it in less than that. If you have a few minutes, please help Renee out. Thank you!
“Not only has Momma not turned on the heat, but she has the windows open. For Pete’s sake!”