Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Idea Sweater

On my morning walk the other day, I designed a sweater for that yarn I bought at the recent yarn sale. I was supposed to be listening to a podcast, but once my mind took up the problem of self-striping yarn I never heard a word of what was babbling in my ears. Podcast wasted. Walking needs fulfilled. Sweater design--a lot farther along than you'd think.

I thought I had learned to avoid self-striping yarn, but I was fooled. The store sample was fairly small, so it just looked marled. I brought it home and looked it up on Ravelry and was disappointed to see that once you knit long enough, you get stripes. Since I try to avoid wearing horizontal stripes around my middle, this presents a sweater pattern-selection dilemna.
First, I thought of using some shape to realign the stripes into something more flattering than horizontal. I considered hexagons, but they would make it look like an afghan; ribs knit sideways, but that would make for a thick midriff. I finally decided on mitered panels. I had just seen a how-two in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting for knitting miters, the kind that are cast on on three sides, then knit toward the middle, resulting in a narrow rectangle with a double miter at the starting edge. Susan, of the Rainey Sisters blog is knitting a sweater that uses this concept...here's her sleeve.

I've studied the Vogue article now, and I think I can design a stockinette panel that is narrower at the top than the bottom. It is all in the decreases.

While I walked, I decided on six mitered panels, slightly wider at the bottom, joined together by picking up stitches so there's only one seam. These panels would begin at the hem and go up to the bustline. Then I'd need a top and sleeves. That's where I gave it up.

10 comments:

Yarnhog said...

The sweater idea sounds great. I have similar problems with self-striping yarns, but I just finished a project that made great use of those stripes. You can see it here, if you're so inclined:

http://yarnhog-yarnhog.blogspot.com/2008/08/fo-petra.html

Wool Winder said...

Too bad the yarn turned out to be different than you thought. Your idea sounds interesting though. I think it will work. Good luck with it.

vlb5757 said...

Here, here for not cleaning house and only knitting! I am sorry hear about the pooling. That happened with my Christmas socks and it didn't make me happy but I am sure my MIL will not even care. I love the shawl. I know about the sore hands. I over knit (there really is such a thing) and the next day I can't make a fist, but I plow through. Forget the sink and just knit!

Marjorie said...

I was intrigued by that VK article too. I have some mohair (Primero) from Brooks Farm (brooksfarm.com) that I'd like to use for something other than a shawl, and its variegated dying would also stripe. I thought a sweater with some modest shaping around the neck and shoulders would get the look I wanted--but so far, I haven't had time to swatch. Thanks for all the links too--they've given me more to consider in designing this.

Hopelovepeace said...

I haven't done any mitering yet, I'm knitting up a tank right now that has come from my brain only, and it is very satisfying. I'm more just free form knitting though, so who knows how it will turn out. I'm psyched that you have commented on my blog twice, and love the word frankenknitty! Hubby owns an SLR but the thing is so heavy! I think the photos on your blog are wonderful, and will try picasa again, I didn't love it much when I tried it out the first time. Cheers!

Wool Enough said...

Your sweater idea is really intriguing. You described it so well I feel as if I could see just what it would look like. Definitely a great way to deal with that sneaky pretending-to-be-marled yarn.

Patricia said...

Hey, cute lampshade! :)

Sam said...

I can't believe how much you've done on the shawl -- that's amazing!

Bron said...

I look forward to seeing the sweater's progress. I'm glad you pointed out those scarves - one might be a good, short project for me these days. :)

Jenny Girl said...

I am not a fan of stripes either, but you are spot on with the miter idea. Good luck on your design.

The shawl is beautiful. The colors are so soft and delicate. Take a little break with another project. You'll be doing yourself a favor.