Wednesday, February 07, 2007



To rip or not to rip the first Beadwork sleeve? Miss Boots the Cat says leave it alone! One side of my knit brain says the decreases are too fast even though made using the calculations from Sweater Wizard. The other side of my knit brain says rip it and make the decreases slower. It looks silly stretched out flat but okay when tried on. I'm just past the point shown in the photo and the three small cables are now lined up under the sleeve next to each other with no diamond pattern stitches left to decrease. That is as designed and I'm pleased with that portion. I might just keep going to the wrist ribbing which is not that horrible far away. Remember this is a dropped shoulder sweater and I have short arms so never make the sleeves as long as pattern calls for. The decreases are smoother than the photo appears and yes that is a length of straight/no decrease just before the circular. And I even drew out a diagram!

I did the duplicate stitch on the Dale of Norway sweater sleeves and am very happy with that outcome. I will not be ripping that sleeve to do over and now know what to do to make the pattern match better at the underarm. I've cast on 282 stitches for the body, made the steek area a bit wider, finished the 16 row plain knit hem and am almost done with Chart 1. That was on US #3 circular. Rest of the body gets done on US#4.

I've never been much of a sock knitter but just picked up the Interweave Press "Favorite Socks" book and there is not a sock in there that I don't like. http://www.interweave.com/knit/books/favorite_socks/ . But I WILL NOT start a pair of socks until the Beadwork sweater is done and at least one big chart on the Dale. So there!

5 comments:

Cindy said...

Hi, Your sweater is beautiful! I think you shouldn't re-do the sleeve. The important thing is how it looks when you wear it not how it looks when not on you.

Kristen said...

If it fits, there's no need to rip. Ms Boots is gorgeous, and I'm siding with her. Also, that pattern? I can't stop staring at it!

Candace said...

Anne,

Your sweater is amazingly beautiful. (As is your color work!) I've joined the Beadwork KAL to be inspired,

Candace

Terri said...

Anne, Your Beadwork is stunning. Wow! Sounds like you put a lot of thought into your sleeve decreases. Since it fits I would continue on.

Sheila said...

I think fit is the most important feature. I love your design. I would continue on with your knitting and not rip it out.