Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Norwegian Sweater Finished!


Well, it’s finished and I love it! There are things I would have done differently – had I known then what I know now, but nothing was hard about it. I found a sweater that fit me, knit a test gauge in the yarn I planned to use and then used Elisabeth Zimmerman proportions to figure out how many stitches in the tops of the sleeves and how large the neck opening should be. I knit the sleeves from the top down – making for a perfect length - - which was no problem since my pattern (after a sweater in Annemor Sundbo’s book, Treasures from the Rag Pile) was the same right side up as upside down. I decreased from 120 stitches fairly evenly down the sleeves to 68 stitches before I started the ribbing.

The steeking seemed scary, but I temporarily sewed the shoulders prior to measuring for the steeks. Then opened the shoulder seam to sew the steeks. I used a zig-zag stitch and went over the first zig-zags with another line. It seemed to me the zig zag stitching would maintain the stretchiness of the knitting. Then I wimped out and slathered fray check on the steek just past the zig-zag stitching. I had knit a facing on the sleeve top so it covers the stiffened (fray check) part of the seam. The pattern knitting pulled in which surprised me somewhat since all the colorwork hats I had made from my own homespun stretched out in blocking. I didn’t block the sweater so maybe it will stretch out some, but if it doesn’t, that is fine too. It will more closely resemble the sweater I copied.
I think if I do another sweater I will use more appropriate yarn. This sweater cost around $15 to make. I had some black coned wool I got on ebay and the white is Knitpicks DK weight “bare.” Next time I would either use homespun or Knitpicks Telemark yarns.

7 Comments:

Blogger Judy said...

Unbelievably gorgeous. You are alot braver than I. Hopefully you will bring it Friday so we can admire it up close and personal!!

1:29 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Beautiful! Yes, do bring it on Friday...so we can see the awesome steek work! You make it look so easy and effortless!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Your Norwegian sweater is handsome. I'm trying to get my courage up to try steeking. Good for you to do it.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Knitman said...

I am practicing doing FI. Seeing your work gives me hope. Well done.

11:23 AM  
Blogger AnneB said...

Way to go!! Now steeking wasn't that terrifying was it? (smile) Nice job.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

Oh, well done, Grace! It's beautiful.

I've done the exact same thing with zigzag and iron-on facing. Great minds! :D

9:31 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Well done! I really like your sweater a lot.

1:11 PM  

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