I finished my Cromarty last night.
Cat included for scale.
Every seam sewn, every end woven in.
As you can see, I added a band to the bottom of the sweater as well as to the bottom of the sleeves. I used the two small side cables together on this band.
So instead of doing the braided cable on the neckband, I did a narrower band with one of the small cables.
All in the interest of being matchy-matchy you know.
With the addition of the bottom band, my Cromarty is almost 26″ from shoulder to hem. A much more wearable length for me than the 23″ it was before the addition of the band.
I used 15 skeins of Rowan Calmer and a U.S. size 5 needle.
I started this sweater on December 3, so it took me a month and a day to complete.
Because of my decision to add bands to the bottom of the body and sleeves, there was a fair amount of seaming and weaving in of ends. I counted how many pieces this sweater is constructed from: twelve. Front, back, two sleeves, two sleeve bands, two bottom bands, and four neckband pieces.
Those among you who are not a fan of seaming are likely twitching by now.
Me, I have no issue with seams. In fact, I’m rather fond of them. Now your mileage may vary, but I find that a sweater knit in pieces and seamed together usually hangs better than a seamless one knit in the round. When you are knitting in the round, you are actually knitting in a spiral. Depending on the yarn you are using, it will in some way affect the drape of your garment. In my experience, the heavier the yarn, the weirder the drape when knit in the round.
I’m remembering back to an Icelandic sweater I bought at a Scandinavian bazaar approximately a ga-jillion years ago. It was knit in the round from Lopi-type (1-ply bulky wool) and it always fit weird, sort of twisting on the body when worn.
Of course, there are things you can do to make your circular knits fit well — using short-rows to incorporate shaping is one technique.
And there are certain types of knits that really are best knit in the round. Fair isle sweaters knit from jumperweight wool, for example. It is much easier to knit colorwork in the round because you always have the right side facing you. The stranded nature of fair isle work adds some stability to the piece. and if you are knitting a cardigan and steeking it, once you cut open the front steek, it is no longer a spiral.
A very compelling reason for me to lean towards knitting in pieces is that I only have to have one piece in my lap at a time while I knit. Because I am too warm 99.9% of the time, this is a big deal for me.
But like I said, your mileage may vary.
Next on the needles: a gansey-type sweater knit in DK weight cotton. In pieces. Stay tuned.
Sweet Shawlettes Giveaway Update
Don’t forget to leave a comment on Tuesday’s post to be entered in the drawing for a free copy of Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss. You all have given the book such a lovely reception here that I am now authorized to give away two copies in the drawing this Sunday. A big thank-you to Jean and her publisher, Taunton Press!
Lucy thanks you all for the lovely comments about her photo in Tuesday’s blog post.
Meanwhile, she has found another great use for the toy she got for Christmas.
Hey, not every photo can be a glamor shot.