What's next?

After the color explosion of the last sweater, I am going polar opposite this time.

2x2 rib, baby twist alpaca, red tweed for the top and arms, plain red for bottom and sleeve detail, seamless, and I'll decide if raglan or saddle shoulder, or straight on up to a side-buttoned high neckline. I am going to try making it without any obvious reductions in the ribbing.

Reduced the stitch count by 10% and twisting the knit stitches every other row. The sleeve swatch is going well with #6, 12" circs...will update as progress occurs.

I know what works going down will work going up...that being said, I am going to build the shoulder cap in pattern while working in the round as described in Knitting In the Old Way by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts. Any tips for this fellow traveler?

Found two helpful resources...http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/406 for a sleeve cap calculator that addresses all four variables...front, back, sleeve cap shape and height. Yeouzzah!

The second is a tutorial on using short rows in the round to shape the shoulders...http://feralknitter.typepad.com/Shaped_Shoulders_revised_ed.pdf...Hazzah!

What a difference working with this stuff. Wool reacts like cast iron compared to this BUTTA!


Thor's picture

Curious... what effect does twisting the stitches every other row give you?

albert's picture

I don't know about anyone else, but it gives me a tingly feeling all over.

New York Built's picture


The twisted knit stitch is used when the fiber has little "bounce back", like cotton, linen, alpaca and other smooth yarns. Think of the wool fiber as a tiny spring, when unprocessed and undisturbed. When washed, carded, spun and wound into yarn, the spring is now stretched, as it were, ready to go into a knitted fabric. The "netting" we are all creating uses that characteristic, literally creating interlocked springs, giving the "bounce back" quality that makes knitted fabric stretch, drape and hold a shape.

Baby alpaca, cotton, linen...all remain like cords, with no spring. That same spring back causes felting or shrinkage when wool is exposed to heat, friction and moisture all at the same time, or as in human hair, dreadlocks, fur used in felt, or other forms of unwoven textiles.

The twisted stitch mechanically creates a spring in the fabric, pulling adjacent loops back into shape.

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mrossnyc's picture

I knit my first sweater using PGR's guidelines in that book and it came out great for being my first attempt and not having a pattern to follow. My sweater was a full yoke sweater so once I attached the sleeves to the body, I just knit in the round until I finished the turtle neck, then grafted the underarms. That being said, I think she's brilliant and if you follow her directions, you should be fine. Good luck with it!

New York Built's picture

Found some great resources. Added them to the post text.

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