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.


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 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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