According to the comments and emails I have received, it appears that denim yarn does not stretch significantly with wear. That’s good to know, isn’t it?
I’ve made some good progress with the front of my sweater. Here it is:
Only a couple more inches to go before I will shape the front neck.
Once the front is completed, I will join the front and back at the shoulders via a three-needle bind-off. Then I will pick up stitches around the neck and knit the collar.
I will be knitting the sleeves from the cuff up, and attach them via a three-needle bind-off as well to the sides of the body. It’s a drop-shoulder, so this will be easy to do — I’ll pick up the same number of stitches along the front and back on each side where the sleeve is to be attached, and then can attach the sleeves quite neatly. I like doing this with a sweater knit from heavier yarn because it makes a very neat strong join.
An alternative to this would be to pick up the stitches along the sides and knit the sleeves down to the cuff. I considered doing this, but realized that would involve me having to knit the sleeves while having the whole body of the sweater in my lap. I really don’t want to drag the whole sweater around with me as I work the sleeves, so I vetoed that idea.
Another strike against working the sleeves in that manner is that I’d have to knit my cables up-side-down. With the simple cables I am using, that’s not really an issue because they are easy to convert to work from the other direction, but for more complex cabling, this might be a deal killer.
Here is a touching sight:
A girl and her fuzzy rat.