Slouchy Cardian, Finished

So after all that wrangling about the shoulders, I then tried the thing on partway and felt that the part that goes over the chest was waaaay too small. And, yes, I cut my head off in the picture because I just looked that bad:

I figured then I would just sew it all together and pick up and knit a border, but when I got it all constructed, it worked fine! I figured out that the problem wasn’t the narrow fronts, but that the sleeves were too short and I kept pulling them down to come halfway over my palms which is how I like them.  I unpicked and reknit the sleeves an additional 40 rows and then the fronts were fine.

The boy took all the pics! Nice job, no?

The hood attaches far down enough that it helps to prevent the sweater fronts from rolling inward which also makes them wider.  The little details on this sweater are nice–I especially love how the front ends curl in and the bell shaped sleeves.  The yarn, being a wool/silk blend is also surprisingly warm and this will be the perfect sweater to throw on for Spring nights where it’s just cool enough to want your shoulders covered.  I would consider making this again, but I would definitely make the sleeve circumference just a bit wider so that I could wear it over a long sleeved shirt.  As it is, they’re pretty tight and I can only wear the sweater over tanks or short sleeved shirts.

Nevertheless, I foresee this sweater getting a lot of wear.

Slouchy Cardigan

I have learned that there are a few of you out there who actually come here for the knitting and not just the cute kid pics.  This post is for you.

I’ve been working on and off on this cardigan for almost a year, which is sad.  I got to a point where I’d finished the fronts and backs and then moved on for a while.  Anyway, it’s almost done, which I’m happy about.

A lot of people have had trouble with the armscyes on this particular pattern, and with good reason–they simply do not fit the way that traditional set-in sleeves are supposed to unless you knit them significantly longer.  Even in the pattern measurements, the height of the sleeve cap is only 3½ inches and is supposed to fit into an armhole that’s 9 inches high.  I knitted the sleeve caps longer than in the pattern, but not quite long enough so I just fudged it.  Suprisingly, this has not been corrected even in the errata for the pattern.

I used the tutorial for set in sleeves found here, but here’s how I did it with this particular cardigan.

First, you lay all BLOCKED pieces out, after seaming together the fronts and backs at the top. The center of the sleeve cap must match the the seam where the front and back join, and the bound off edges of the sleeve must meet up with the same on the front and back as well.:

At this point, nothing looks like it fits together. That’s okay, because you’re trying to make flat objects into a three dimensional one which only comes easily to physicists.

Next, I measured the length of both sides and pinned them evenly spaced.  Start with the centers of both, then pin at halfway points between those two and then halfway between those pins:

You can still see the fabric puckering where it doesn’t quite meet up.  At this point, you have the option to rip and reknit, or just wing it like I did.  Here’s the fun step where you make it 3-dimensional and see how it all fits together.

Next comes the seaming, using a standard mattress stitch.  How to deal with the not-quite-even areas?

Just pick up more stitches from one side than the other evenly spaced and your problem is solved.

Finish the other side as the first, and you’re left with a set in shoulder, nicely seamed.  This one does pucker a bit but I’m hoping that will even out with blocking and wear and frankly isn’t all that noticeable.

Here’s a closeup of the shoulder seam, which I think I ripped out and redid because of the irregularity in the front, but you get the point.

After all that, I realized the fronts were waaaay too narrow, and I had a momentary bit of panic about having to redo the entire fronts, but I’ll save that for the next post!