Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Ribbing and Buttonholes and Steeks

The wrist ribbing was totally stretched out from over-zealous blocking on my new wooly board, and I had thought to try to rewet and reblock, but it was so stretched out that I felt as though it would be useless to try, so I just reknit the wrist bands. Now they look a lot better.
The first band I knit for the center of the cardigan worked out well. Even the colors cooperated. But the buttonholes for the other band were another story. I reknit the first buttonhole about 10 times before it started making any sense to me, and each buttonhole got better as I went along, although I am not totally happy with them. Then I went on the the tacking down of steeks on the inside. I will not show the inside on my blog, since it looks quite awful, primarily because of the color changes. I overcast and tacked the edges with purple on the first band, and while it looked acceptable on the purple and red sections, it was hideous on the yellow and green since it showed up very vividly. The only way around this was to have cut multiple sections of color from the remaining yarn, and I wasn't about to do that. So it will have to do.
The collar ribbing is also slightly too big, and I am going to do some single crochet around the edge to see if I can tighten it up slightly. The sweater is very comfortable to wear, and it looks fairly good if one doesn't inspect the inside. Polymer clay buttons are up next, but since I'm going on vacation tomorrow(!!) it will have to wait.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,

I think your cuffs and buttonhole plackards look terrific! Congratulations to you! Thanks again for your advice on where to shop for the yarn and for the M3 stole (although I haven't started it yet). Hope you have a lovely vacation and I look forward to hearing from you sometime!


Anonymous said...

I really, really, really love the looks of this sweater! Right now, though, my plate is full, and I need to start the mystery shawl before I get too far behind everyone else.


ps. I see you live in Oakton. I live in Springfield.

knitserland said...

Beautiful work!

I love how the sweater turned out.

Sheila said...

You did a great job. Was the square motifs difficult to knit in and keep them square?

Holly said...

looks great, the colour contrast is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

What I want to know is, how does this yarn make the pattern? Do you have to have so many stitches on a certain size needle? I bought some but the label is in German, which I don't read. I really want to make something from this yarn and am afraid to start.