general adventures in craftiness

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Berkshire Dolman Sweater Done. Finally.

Immediately after I wrote that last post, I ripped out the cowl neck on the sweater. I knew that it would bug me if I left it, so I decided to knit the cowl over again. And I'm glad I did. You can see the difference in the photo. The neckline is a bit sturdier and isn't so stretched out like it was when I just knit on for the neck. The weather is supposed to warm up this week, so I just need some cold weather before I can actually wear it.

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Do Over?

I finished sewing on the buttons this morning. When I tried the sweater on, I noticed something funny going on with the cowl neck. As you can see in the photo, the neck where the cowl attaches is pretty wide. This is probably due to the fact that I knitted on the cowl neck and the directions said to knit the neck separately and then sew it on afterward. It seemed like a couple of extra steps to me, so I just knit on. Now I may end up doing it over again since it isn't totally looking right to me. But the thought of ripping out the neck is not appealing. Thoughts?

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Long Cowl Neck

I've been working on this ribbed cowl neck for the last several days. I need to knit almost 10 inches on it, so I'm about two-thirds of the way there. As you can tell from the sleeve, all the seams need to be blocked since they are really curling and not laying flat. I need to find some cool big buttons for the sleeves.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Halfway Done

THis is the back of the sweater, pre-blocked. I started in on the ribbing on the front last night and managed to get that done while watching the season premiere of Fringe and Project Runway. The best thing about this sweater? I won't have to knit sleeves! After I finish the front, I've only got seaming and the neck to knit on and I'm finished. Gotta love those Dolman sleeves.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Beginning of Berkshire

Knitting on size 10 needles has made this stockinette stitch on the Berkshire sweater go by pretty fast. I really like the look of these Dolman sleeves and how the stockinette is a continual pattern from one sleeve edge to the other. It will be nice not to have to sew set-in sleeves. I think this project is going to knit up faster than I expected.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Knittin' Time

I've been doing so much sewing lately that I've really missed knitting. I bought this Eco Wool at the Sock Summit marketplace to make this Berkshire Dolman sweater from the fall 2009 special issue of Knitscene. I really love the fitted styling, the big turtleneck, and the buttons on the cuffed sleeves. I also like that the Dolman sleeves aren't totally huge and baggy. I swatched last night and just finished the ribbing.

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