Getting Closer To The Hem

The sweater that never ends is ever so closer to the hem! Twenty-one inches is a LOT of sweater body, especially when I will probably have to add length to accommodate my generous back fourty.

I have this ball of yarn and one more skein of yarn from my original lot. I did source three more from the internet last month when I panicked that my yarn was disappearing. Looking at my sweater body I can probably finish the body with those. And I would probably only need a second skein to do the sleeves, but better safe than sorry!

Happy Knitting!!

More Sweater Progress

My Catbells Cardigan has grown again. I think I am on my third ball of yarn? But I still have a LOT of body to go. I have two full balls left and I might be cutting the yardage close….

This yarn is worsted weight and therefore the whole project is getting quite heavy. I work an hour or so that gets me several repeats and I have to put the project down as my hands and shoulders feel the weight.

Just need to keep cranking towards 21 total inches of sweater body. Happy Knitting!!

Picking Up Mycroft

Time for a confession, my Mycroft has been sitting in time out for a couple months now. I had started the short rows to build the neck. It is my first time doing German short rows and I needed complete concentration…..and in this house that is hard to find.

But I put on my big kid pants and dug this out one morning the kids were gone and powered through the rest of the short rows. It really only took me about an hour or so to get to a place where I’m working in the round.

I did fall victim to the things that can happen when you set down a project for a long period of time. My broken rib got messed up on the back neck portion.

I’ve decided to leave it because A) no one will see it on the back of my neck B) I don’t want to rip out and redo all the fiddly short rows and C) I’m the boss of my knitting. I’m now to a point where I’m working broken rib in the round with 1×1 ribbed raglans.

My brain is more engaged with this project now that I know its past the fiddly bits. I’m hoping to work this in to my rotation and get cruising on this sweater more. It’s a shame that an hours worth of work held me back for so long but I’m moving forward now. In my knitting world my heart has to be in a project or else its going to languish, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Good Old Raglan

I finished my wee sweater for PB!! I won at yarn chicken and managed a sweater that also fits my tiny human. Behold the completed Good Old Raglan.

Pattern: Good Ole Raglan by Karen O’Hanlon Cohrt (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers DK in Deep End and Treasure Goddess Yarns DK in Gunsmoke

Needles: US 6

Mods: I followed the pattern except for omitting the stripes and did my own color thing. I as well only knit the body for as long as I could go with running out of black yarn.

I’m just pleased as punch with now well this turned out and how cute it is next to my sweater. But, as I examined the photos I realized I BUTCHERED the raglan placement. The variegated yarn really hides the fact that raglan lines are askew to what you would normally expect. I’m sure this deviation was due to knitting while zooming in to a virtual yarn retreat. But I still managed a sweater shape and it fits PB. But my project photos DEFINITELY do not look like the rest of the finished objects on Ravelry.

I used up close to 433 yards of yarn to make size 5 child size. It’s a bit big on PB but that just means she has room to grow!

And the best of all? I even got her to put it on at the same time I was wearing my sweater and pose for photos. It was an evening, not the best light and we were both tired. But it’s a memory regardless. Maybe someday we will take ‘fancy’ photos but for now we are just going to be cozy in our sweaters!

Happy Knitting!!

Now For Tiny Sleeves

As I predicted on Monday, I ran out of black yarn on my Good Ole Raglan. I worked until I had less than a yard left and then put in a hem in the blue yarn. I don’t think it turned out too badly.

I now have a small ball of the blue Hedgehog Fibers left. My plan is to weigh the ball and split it as evenly as I can into two balls. I will then knit each sleeves the best I can. Based on my unprofessional opinion, I can probably eek out elbow length sleeves…..maybe.

Stay tuned!!

Almost A Finished Raglan

Hello yarn chicken, my old friend. I am cruising through body of PB’s Good Ole Raglan but I am almost out of black yarn.

The sweater is still kind of short for my long bodied child. I think my plan is to knit until I am almost out of black yarn and then use some of the blue Hedgehog Fibers for the bottom ribbing band. It’s going to have to be a skinny band because I still need to knit the sleeves with the blue. Almost certainly they are going to be short sleeves to maybe three quarter sleeves.

I am confident I can eek out a manageable sweater out of this yarn. But darn I think it’s going to be yarn chicken all the way!

Cast On: Good Ole Raglan

After finishing my Radiate I looked at my leftovers and thought “I bet I could make PB a sweater from that.” So when I was attending the 2020 Nomad Yarn Virtual Retreat I decided this was going to be my “retreat project”.

I found simple top down raglan patter on Ravelry that fit my gauge and yarn yardage. It was the Good Ole Raglan by Karen O’Hanlon Cohrt. I grabbed my needles and just dug in. This pattern has a very interesting approach to raglan increases that I have never tried before. I’m intrigued to see what kind of fit this approach gives.

I am making the 5-6 size in the pattern. PB is running in the 4T to 5T category so I erred on the “too big” side of caution. I am going to do the yoke in this Hedgehog Fibers Deep End colorway and then I will use my remaining TreasureGoddess black yarn to finish the body to mimic my Radiate sweater. At this point I am not sure how far the black yarn will get me. I may have to do the sleeves in the contrast color or perhaps even stripe them? I’ll just figure that out when I get there, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Radiate Sleeves

My Radiate body is complete and I’m squarely into swimming on sleeve island!

I managed to slip on this garment and I’m pleased to report that it fits. It does need a good blocking for the fabric to relax into that good sweatshirt style fit I want. I’m super pleased with my alternating skeins of the hand dyed yarn. I can’t discern any pooling or flashing in the sweater body. I do not plan to alternate skeins on the first sleeve. I have enough yarn left over that I can knit the full sleeve from the same skein of yarn.

I can FEEL this sweater almost being done. So I’m hoping to power through the sleeves so I can have another fall sweater.

Happy Knitting!!

Radiate Ribbing

Can I get a hallelujah and an amen? I have finished the body of my Radiate and i’m starting the hem ribbing.

I added an extra inch and a half to the body length than the pattern asked for. I know I want to block the body out a bit wider for a nice sweatshirt style fit. So that means I am going to eat into the length a bit even with super wash yarn that is likely to grow. I want my finished sweater to fall at my hip line

One other modification I made is to turn the hem into a split hem. Being a women with robust hips and waist I really like how the split hem allows a garment to stretch and lay nicely on my body. I think I am close to finishing the back hem. My plan is to knit the front hem to be a bit shorter to create a mild high/low effect.

Fingers crossed this goes quickly! Happy Knitting!!

Splitting For Radiate Sleeves

Thanks to the long holiday weekend and lots of grandparent babysitting, I managed to knit through the yoke of my Radiate sweater and split for sleeves.

I even slipped on an extra knitting needles and tried this sweater on. Even unblocked it falls appropriately in all the places. The neck was higher than I anticipated but other wise the bust and armscye fits nicely. I’ll have to be careful with blocking this super wash yarn so that I don’t make it too big.

Now I have like 14 to 17 inches of sweater body to knit. Lots of round and round in stockinette! Happy Knitting!!