Another finished sweater

This sweater fell of my needles in three weeks of moderate knitting time. That’s nothing. Really, it’s as close to an instant sweater as we can get.


Forgive the unmodeled photo. I’ve been sick this week and I’m far from looking well enough for a photo shoot right now. Maybe I’ll fix this later.

This was meant to be a raglan sleeve, but I changed the sleeve shaping to make it look more like a bib front with set-in-ish looking sleeves. In a normal raglan, you create a raglan line along the shoulder and increase one stitch on either side of the raglan line, every other row. In this, I moved both increases to the shoulder side of the raglan line.  You can see how it creates a vertical pair of lines along the front under the turtleneck. This also shifts some of the increases so that the bust shaping seems to fit me better; I have a large bust and the slight gathered effect along that vertical line provides room in just the way I need it. Not every sweater or body shape will work with this kind of shaping, but it worked well here.

You can see the spray bottle on my blocking boards. This yarn (Kyoto from Artfibers in San Francisco, acquired during a conference visit there) contains a lot of silk. If you’ve worked with silk, you know that it tends to bleed in water. This is because the silk molecules themselves are smaller than many dye molecules — especially reds. Red dye molecules are among the largest, though I have no idea why red should be big in particular. But it is. So red silks bleed more than other silks, but other silks bleed plenty, too.

The cure for this is to avoid having water run-off that will take the dye away from the silk fibers. I lay out the sweater and spray it with the mist setting until it is just damp enough to shape easily, and then I let it dry as usual. The water mist evaporates, leaving the dye molecules right where they belong. No run-off means no dye loss.

This is my eighth finished garment since April, when I started knitting goal-weight garments. I had hoped to make six by the end of the year, but now I’m thinking I might get all the way to ten. We’ll see! Number nine only needs sleeves, and number ten is on the needles, but it’s a mid-thigh length coat and there’s a lot of knitting involved in this one. But I might try to finish it by the end of the year just so I can say I made it to ten. Double digits! Woot!

Do you set project goals or deadlines like this for yourself?