Thursday, February 4, 2010

Nearly FO's, sweater and socks

I have a couple of knitting projects in which objects are nearly done, but whose outcome is uncertain.

My Diminishing Ribs cardi has a nearly complete body, but no sleeves.  I have enough of the khaki Tahki Savoy for sleeves of some sort. What sort?--not sure. The intended sleeves are three-quarter length with a flared ribbing at the bottom. These sleeves, in the numerous finished versions of this cardigan on Ravelry, are prone to rumpling up when the wearer bends her elbows. Although simpler sleeves wouldn't rumple, simplicity might take away from the appeal of the design. Maybe a single brown stripe will be enough to make the sleeves echo the shape of the cardigan?
As to the shape of the cardigan, I'm very pleased with it. I made several subtle changes to improve the fit. First, I dropped the front neckline by one and one-half inches with short rows. Next, I shaped the armsyce by increasing more at the end of the raglan line and casting on fewer stitches (8, not 14) under the arm. Finally, I decreased at the side seams down the body to the waist enough to change from the 35" stitch count to the 32" stitch count. Not that I'm a size 32, but that size is nearly 38" around at the bottom. Add that to the 3" gap between the fronts, and it is plenty big enough. After that, I used the dark brown to accent the waistline and de-emphasize the hips. Once I knit another couple of inches, I'll bind off the body and tackle the sleeves.
Meanwhile, I've been working on socks that are nearly a pair, one light

and one dark.

The question is, will the next socks be light or dark? With over 800 yards in two Zauberballs, There's enough yarn for another pair or two. Either way, all the socks will have a seam stitch in the alternate color. I've found this to be a smooth way to carry the yarn from stripe to stripe. Also, it makes a cute line down the heel, one that matches the contrasting "boomerang" rows between the two sets of short rows in the heel.

I'll probably use this heel once more in a third sock. If the next sock is better match for the second one, I'll rip out the first one and use the lighter yarn in the second pair, probably using a different heel. I like the looks of the striped short-row heels in the socks that inspired these.

ETA: See the link to my pattern that evolved from these socks on the sidebar under "My Patterns".

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Vickie said...

I love the brown sweater even thought it's not completed yet. I wear a sweater everyday to work and that would match lots of things I wear. I especially love the socks. I have never seen socks like those before. Awesome!

Wool Winder said...

This is the first time I've ever heard of a seam stitch. I really love the look of it on the socks!

Mardel said...

The brown sweater is looking very nice, even without the sleeves. It is so full of cozy warm promise.

The socks are just fabulous. I've not seen anything like that either and it makes great sense and looks cool to.

Marjorie said...

That is a great way to do the seam stitch (this is an "I wish I had thought of it" moment).