December 18th, 2010

Show 202: Interview with Cathy Carron, Plus Finishing the KAL

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Guest: Cathy Carron, author of Cowl Girls. Kathy and Cathy chat about the book and all of the great projects in the book. They also chat about how Cathy got started and how she ended up where she is now.

KAL with LA

Hood

When starting the hood, the pattern has you place the held stitches from front and back onto needles and then knit the first row with some increases. I found there to be too big of a gap between the front and back stitches so I followed a suggestion from Connie. What I did instead was to pick up some extra stitches – the number will vary depending on what size you are knitting – between the front neck sts and the back neck sts. You want enough to close the gap but not too many. Then in the next couple rows work some decreases to get rid of the extra stitches.

Make sure you are maintaining the ribbing pattern. And be sure to place a marker to mark the center of the hood.

On the 5th row you will begin the hood increases at the center marker. You are working a double increase at this point. I kept it simple and worked ‘knit into front and back of stitch’ on the next two stitches on either side of the marker. You want to maintain your ribbing pattern as you add stitches – after you have added 4 purls, the next added stitch will be a knit.

Work until the hood is 11 ¾”, ending with a wrong side row. Then you will split the left and right sides of the hood, work some short rows to shape it and finish it by doing a 3-needle bind off.

That’s it! You’re done (well, don’t forget to weave in the ends). I blocked the sweater one more time so the sleeves and hood would get their turn at being blocked and the sweater would look whole.

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