16 March 2010

Ch-ch-changes

Remember the Japanese pattern book sweater I modeled way back in this post? Well, I put it on yesterday to wear to work and as I was driving, I noticed for the umpteenth time how short the sleeves were.

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This, of course, was even after I had made adaptations to the pattern (written in one size) to fit my considerably larger Western frame. Apparently, I must be part gibbon.

Anyway, I just happened to have some leftovers of the same yarn with me, so I decided to go about lengthening the sleeves a bit. Because the sleeves were knat cuff-up, I couldn't just ravel them, and the seaming made snipping and unzipping the end a poor option. So I decided that I should just pick up stitches from the long-tail cast-on, which is exactly what I did.

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The first round after I picked up stitches might have done better as a purl round, since I ended up with a band separating two sections of garter stitch. Still, though, I think that it would have had a bit too heavy a look as a solid band of garter, and the band serves to break that up nicely and looks like a design element, too. More importantly, the sleeves are now long enough.

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I also made the neck band wider to match the waist band. As I recall, I deliberately left it a bit narrower, but I ended up feeling like the neck was a bit too open. My picking up of stitches turned out to be much less noticeable there, as it was a cast-off edge that I hadn't done as a sewn cast-off (my usual) and I did a purl round immediately after knitting up stitches. In all, a fairly quick and easy fix, and I'm pleased with the results.

Sprung

I can't believe how early spring has arrived this year. This was the scene in front of the house this morning.

20 comments:

Desiknitter said...

It does look like a nice design element - a thick block of garter would have looked a bit odd. Nice work!

Chris said...

It was 64F here Sunday. Above zero. In mid-March.

Sheepish Annie said...

I like it. It keeps the sleeve tight to the wrist but doesn't look like it has a strangle-hold. Well done!

anne marie in philly said...

the bees are doing that on the crocus down here also.

we hit 62F today, with 70 expected by saturday. my nose says ACHOOO!

Yarndude said...

Wow, I probably coulda watched those little buggers all day long!

Tallguy said...

Oh, they are just beautiful! I've rarely seen crocus here -- they grow in the wild, and I don't -- but what a glorious colour at this time of year. And you have bees too! Wonderful. They must be so happy to have real flowers already.. it's been a long winter for everyone, I think.

Alwen said...

It was warm here, too, but still too cold for the bees at 53 F.

We were out in the sun in short-sleeved shirts, and only went in when we got too hot!

Mel said...

Alwen: I'm pretty sure our thermometer wasn't reading any warmer than yours, but the house has a full southern exposure, so the flower beds are usually a good bit warmer than ambient.

that's J-O-S-H said...

The veinz in your hand are sooo cool!

And get this...my verification word was "hande". No. Shit.

kmkat said...

Those are some happy bees! We are about 4 weeks ahead of normal spring here. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Mel - That was a great way to extend the sleeves and I also think the break is a nice visual touch. I'll be adding length to sweaters that a friend's mom knit for him many years ago and I hope to remember that trick when I do. My original thought was to knit the pieces and then graft them to the cast on edges but this may work better. And be a lot less hassle - I hate grafting! Thanks - Joe, in Wyoming.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

The sweater I just finished for DH had sleeves TOO long... and he has gorilla arms. Luckily they're from top down, but still, I need to find the time to fix this.

Michelle M. said...

That sweater is a lovely blue color.
And hurray for spring. Can't wait for the leaves to appear on our trees.

MollyBeees said...

Lovely sweater and video. Can you tell wich one is Molly Bee?

Java said...

You've got bees! Already!
Nice job on the sweater.

Miss Trudy said...

Nice, very nice.

tracy said...

You gave the sweater a little foreskin...so cute! Uh oh....am i the only one that thought that? :(

tracy said...

Oh, dear, i hope my remark was not offensive..."20/20 hindesight", yes?! Beautiful sweater and i came back to your blog to see if there was a new entry :) The flower is just lovely.

Mel said...

tracy: No worries. Most of the people I hang out with are filthy and rude. :-D

tracy said...

Mel :) Can i hang out with you?