So I have tried my hand at another sweater, the All American Hoodie in the book called “Knitting Green” by Ann Budd. The pattern is by Veronik Avery and calls for 2 strands of St-Denis Nordique knitted together to make the sweater. I used a single strand of Araucania Azapa (03% alpaca, 45% merino, 15% silk and 10% Donegal). I had no problem with the pattern. But the way that knitting patterns are written can be a bit confusing. So I have found that “translating” into the way that read and process information to be very helpful.
For instance, on page 52: “DEC RND: *Ssk, knit 2 sts before m, k2tog, slip marker (sl m) ; rep from * once more -4 sts dec’d; 2 sts each from front and back.” So I used a “sticky note” – which by the way is, my favorite knitting tool – and simply wrote:
at the start of the round, you ssk,
then knit on to 2 sts before the m (marker), k2tog
slip marker, then ssk
and right before the start of the round, 2 sts before the m k2tog
(4 sts dec)
I did hit one snag at the very end and, of course, after blocking! The sleeves were a little longer than I like, by about 2 inches. The sleeves are knitted in the round and you start casting on at the cuff and bind off at the top of the sleeve. Which made it a problem because I just couldn’t unravel it. The bind off edge was at the top of the sleeve. Also, it was the first time I seamed a sleeve and if you can believe this … that went well and attached beautifully! But there was no way I was going to “unattach” the sleeve and re-knit it.
So, I didn’t panic – ok not too badly…. I went to the internet and did a search. I did try YouTube first hoping for a visual aid. But no luck. It took a little longer “googling” it but finally found my answer here from the TECHknitter out of Wisconsin, USA:
This lady is wonderful! Her explanations and instructions are brilliant!
But I just couldn’t cut the sweater! I heard people on Kelley Petkun’s podcast say “just cut it.” But I just couldn’t. So I spent about an hour with some scrap yarn, casted on some stitches and knitted in the round for about 3 inches. Then I bound off the stitches and then I made my cut …. And it worked! Just like this lady in Wisconsin said it would! So I went to back to my All American Hoodie and made my cut! The sleeves are now the right length.
The Martini Knitter