After the success of the first raglan sweater I made for my mother, I thought I'd try a much heavier one for me to wear while hiking in the sub-zero temps here in the Chicago area in the winter. I found the following Web site that uses a percentage method of making a raglan. It's not exact and you may have to fudge a few stitches here and there, but I can at least understand it and once I wrapped my head around it, it became very easy to knit. I'm using the Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky yarn (Willow) that is 20% wool and 80% acrylic.
Happy Father's Day goes out to all the happy knitters who have kids for whom they have so feverishly knitting everything from hats down to socks. Our kids are so wonderful to accept...and even wear...all our "creative" garments. As fathers, we have broken the mold of what standard dads do with and for our kids. We've added the art of knitting. It is a rare thing in our respective cultures and teaches our kids so much about being individuals and accepting of others who may enjoy doing things a bit differently in their lives.
Thank you to all who replied here and so many via email! It really helps to hear from all of you guys. My son and I are the only two in the family who live here in IL, so it's great to have this site as an extended family.
Please keep my wife in your prayers. She joins me in the world of replacing body parts. She undergoes double-knee replacement surgery on Monday, June 4. She supported me during my hip replacement back in November, now it's my turn to be the caregiver. She'll be in hospital and rehab for about 3 weeks. If you are in the Chicago area drop me a line, I would love the company and the diversion. As some of you know, being the sole caregiver with only one relative nearby makes for a curiously lonely state of mind.
I have exchanged emails with Kristin Spurkland, author of The Knitting Man(ual), regarding help with patterns as well as to get her advice on knitting projects. She's a neat lady. Here's a link to a new book that is coming out that is all about top-down sweater knitters. She is recommending it.
The sweater I was making for my mom is finished. I discovered a few things as I was making the front panel borders. I made the right-front border by picking up stitches from the bottom up to avoid having to tie off and weave in ends at the neckline...I still struggle to get that perfect. When I did the same thing on the left-front panel, it didn't look the same. I found to make it look identical I had to start from the top and pick up stitches to the bottom. I'm not sure why there was a difference, but the second try worked fine.
I was binding off the sleeves to the short sleeve sweater I am making and found that the bind of wasn't as stretchy as I wanted it to be. So I searched on You Tube and found Cat Bordhi-PERSONAL FOOTPRINTS-Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. It's a confusing video to watch for me because I am a thrower, but I followed her verbal directions and it worked great. I like the edging it makes and it really is surprisingly stretchy. Normal binding off doesn't give much I have found, so this worked well for me.
I am going to make a heavy sweater jacket for hiking in the cold weather months. The yarn it calls for is Morehouse Merino Bulky (100% Merino wool) that knits at 10 sts and 18 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch. That particular yarn is $17.50 or so. I need 8 or 9 skeins of it! Ouch. I know I'm worth it...aren't we all...but if I could get a good quality yarn that is a bit less expensive, that would be great. I know that Lion Brand has skeins that are about $10 and I have used that, but I was wondering if you guys had any experience with heavy yarns that you would recommend.
I am at a turning point in the short-sleeved sweater that I am making for my mom. I thought my fingers were going to cramp last night as I did the last few rows. There is an 8-stitch increase per right side row and the last row had 302 stitches. I had to stop and do some flexing exercises every now and then. I thought I'd post this photo before I joined the front panels and the back panel. I'll do the armholes after adding another 7" to the bottom, which will include a couple inches of ribbed stitch like the neck. The arms will have the same rib stitch.
Here a just a couple pictures of the work in progress. It's nothing fancy but it is next attempt at reading and actually understanding pattern directions.