December 11th, 2010

Show 201: Fun New Yarns and the Austin Hoodie KAL Continues

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Yarns

KAL with LA

Work both fronts – remember to switch back to small needles for the woven section. Work as for back – woven section with armhole decreases, ribbed section and shoulder short rows.

Block your sweater. You can either steam it or – as I did- give it a soak with Eucalan and let it dry on a blocking board.

Do a three-needle bind off to seam shoulders together. With right sides together, hold 2 needles – one with back shoulder and one with front shoulder. With a third needle insert tip into first st on front needle and then first st on back needle and knit the two sts together. Work across the row this way, knitting sts from front and back needles together, binding off as you go. A good video of this is at: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/casting-of

Arms

The cap of the sleeve is worked with short rows. A good video to help see the wrap and turn is at http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques.

Check the length on the schematic to make sure it is right for you. Top-down sleeves are much simpler to adjust the length on, but you want to check it out ahead of time so you can adjust the rate of decreases if necessary.

Use Connie’s tip and knit into back loops on first row; this will tighten stitches and prevent holes.

Turned hem: The pattern has you knit 6 rows, fold the stitches to the inside and k2tog and bind off. I found it easier to execute by using a small dpn to pick up the sts from the first row. I did this in batches, picking up about 15 sts at a time. This made it more like a traditional three-needle bind off, which somehow made it easier for me to see what I was doing. You will also want to make sure your bind off is somewhat loose, so you can fit your hand through the bound off cuff.

Next week, we’ll review the hood.

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