Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Shoulders and Joining Yarn

The back is complete and the instructions say to bind off the stitches. After you finish the fronts you will be told to sew the front and back together. Once again we will deviate from the written instructions here. I put my back section on a stitch holder (otherwise known as a spare, smaller circular needle) because I am going to do a three needle bind-off when I am ready to attach the front and the back.

Why on earth would I bind them off and then have to sew them together???

It is MUCH easier to do a three needle bind-off and it gives you about the same amount of stability. Excellent photos of how-to here. If I wanted an invisible flow over the shoulders I would do the Kitchener Stitch, but it doesn't provide any support.

Next the instructions tell me to attach a ball of yarn to each side of the front and work both sides at the same time. As a lazy knitter, there is no way I am going to mess with two sets of needles and four balls of yarn (because I am using two yarn together.) I am going to work each side separately and COUNT to make sure I have the same number of rows.

To join a new yarn for working on the fronts I simply take the end of the ball and start knitting with it. You may tie it to the side with a loose knot if you like - not tight because you will find later on that the place you tied itis much looser than you thought and you will want to redo it, not to mention, when you are done, you will want to pick out the knot and weave the end in.

In my experience, the best way to weave the end in is to use it to duplicate stitch on the BACK of the garment. It is truly invisible this way.

And re: the problems people are having with the Comments and Links - it is definitely an issue with Mozilla - I can see that it is happening but I have no idea why. Mozilla appears not to be able to "see" that type of file.


Anonymous said...

Hi--Lorna here. Designer explanations of "WHY":

I completely understand your desire to do 3 needle bind off. I usually prefer that too. Sometimes we designers will write "bind off at shoulders" rather than 3-needle bind off out of space saving. In this case I did it so that I could more easily adjust the neck width by trying it on and sewing more shoulder or letting out more shoulder. The neck width of course affects the lapels too.

And re. working both fronts at same time:
I was only using one ball of yarn for each side. I knit across one front then the 2nd front with another ball of yarn BUT the same needles. One set of needles works--you don't have to juggle more needles. I like that it means I don't have to keep checking that the fronts are the same length and shaping when they're worked at the same time. My mom always knits her sleeves and cardigan fronts at the same time.

Funny Note:
The model sweater was shown at a recent trade show. It was inside out!!! And I know it was photographed that way because they'd tacked down the lapels! I guess my finishing really *is* good if they can photograph it inside out. Think how much better the short row sleeves will look from the outside!

Lorna Miser

12:04 PM
erica said...

THANKS Lorna - I love knowing the "why" of things. If I had thought about doing both fronts on the same needle, I would have done it that way too!

1:15 PM
Darci said...

I'm terrible at seams!! I would love to do the 3 needle cast off. I haven't cast off any of the back yet, and I'm still working on the front. How would I change the directions to do the 3 needle cast off? While we are on the subject. Does anyone know of a good book for finishing?

Thanks Darci!

6:20 PM

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