FO for F.O.

My friend Francis asked me to knit him a sweater- he's the only one who has shown any interest in my knitting. Interestingly, he's an industrial-strength heterosexual. I came up with this simple but sporty design incorporating his initials. It's knit entirely in the round with set-in sleeves accomplished by steeking across the armhole and decreasing away the held underarm stitches.

The yarns are Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Claret Heather, and Cloud. The needles are 8 for the body and 6 for the twisted 2x2 waistband and cuffs, and the horizontal rib neckband.

I found the yarn to be rather fuzzy as I was knitting, so I defuzzed the sweater with my little electric fuzz buster before washing and blocking.

The sweater has good drape, but if I were to do it over I think I would use 7 or 6, as I like my knitting to feel more substantial.

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ronhuber's picture

Albert, you have done it again. The sweater is lovely and what a smart design. Your friend is a lucky man. These sleeves are different from your modified drop shoulder sleeves. I am very interested in how you did them. Great sweater.

albert's picture

Hi Ron,

Thanks for the kind words.
Before casting on my armhole steeks I put 15% of the body stitches on hold on a thread under each arm. I then did my steeks, finished the body and and bound off the shoulders as usual. Then I transferred the held underarm stitches to a short circ and let them dangle out of the way while I picked up the stitches around the armhole with several 7 inch dpns (I am finding this an easier way than using one circ to pick up the armhole stitches). After picking up the last armhole stitch on the right side of the armhole, I cast on a steek using yet another dpn. Then I transferred one stitch from the underarm circ to the first armhole dpn on the left side (where I arrived after knitting on my steek), and knit the two together. I then knit around the armhole to the last armhole stitch, transferred one underarm stitch to my armhole stitch needle and knit the two together. I then knit arcoss my new steek and repeated the process until the sleeve cap is formed and the underarm stitches are all decreased away (this happens simultaneously by itself). When the last underarm stitch is gone, I take a separate strand of yarn and bind off the steek and cut it. There is now a gap in the center of where the underarm stitches used to be, so I close this gap by knitting up two new stitches through the heart of the two stitches at the bottom of the gap. Gap is closed and method is finished. From this point on I knit the sleeve as usual. This is an improvement on my earlier technique in that there is no turning and purling, thus making this a good way to do stranded set in sleeves in the round.

Though the use of dpns in this process vs. a circ may seem daunting, I found it easier to see at-a-glance where I was at any given moment. Also, I never seem to have just the "right" length circ, so the dpns eliminate this annoyance.

For the initials motif, I knit the white into the steek, knit across the pattern, knit the white into the other steek (together with the Claret as two strands) and then cut the white so as not to carry it across the back. I did this for each row of the twelve intial rows. It worked out quite well.

I used short rows in the back ala Purlyman to improve the fit (thanks, Frank!).

robstrauss's picture

very nice sweater, albert.

ronhuber's picture

You're an engineer, Albert. Thanks for the description.

Mnjack's picture

Hi Albert... Great sweater. I love the color. The neckband is really great. How did you do that ? It looks so much better than a simple ribbed neckband. Really nice job.

albert's picture

Hi Jack,

The neck band is a simple construction of two rows of purl alternating with two rows of knit, four times in this case, or until you reach the desired depth. I then continued in stockinette for a bit more than the depth of the neckband to create a facing, which I turned inside and stitched down. My bind off was yarnover bindoff, which is very stretchy. I call this horizontal ribbing and find that it does give a very nice looking neckband. If I were not doing a facing I would have bound off in purl stitches after the last pair of purl rows.

Mnjack's picture

Thanks for the information. I will try that on my next sweater. I may have to ask you again how to do it by then.

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Love the sweater, great job, buddy!

gardenguy42's picture

Beautiful, Albert! I really like the collar and the color! And I'm still envious of your wooly board. Excellent work.

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Kerry's picture

The sweater looks great Albert, I like the colour and the collar looks interesting. Beautiful knitting.

Re the short rows in the back, how do you know exactly where to put them if they aren't in the pattern?

albert's picture

Thanks Kerry! I followed Frank's (purlyman) method and put four sets of short rows in, beginning about a couple of inches below the armholes, and then spaced more or less evenly, every two or three inches (I didn't strive for exactness) up the back. I was going to put in one more before joining the shoulders, but I forgot. My shortrows run the full width of the back from armhole to armhole.

teejtc's picture

It's wonderful! Everything looks so beautifully even and perfectly proportioned - Great job!

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scottly's picture

Oh, my gosh Alber that is a fantastic sweater!!!!

BuduR's picture

Very nice sweater!

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purlyman's picture

Albert!! That's beautiful and so fun to just look at!! You did an amazing and wonderful job! I assume your friend Francis' last name begins with "O"? I love that some people who don't know his initials or that FO can mean "finished object" might just assume that he's telling the world to just f* off!! That's so funny. I'm glad the short rows worked out - it looks absolutely perfect!! Thanks for sharing!


albert's picture

Yipes! I hadn't thought of that- maybe I should knit him a matching hard hat.

grandcarriage's picture

Yes, I assumed f@ck off as well. LOL!

NonStopAndrew's picture

Industrial-strength hetero, lol. So many things I will not say. Whenever a defined sexuality is shared with my friends, we take that as a challenge. Hilarity ensues.

Oh, and the sweater is very pretty.

rc_in_sd's picture

Absolutely lovely, Albert. And thanks for all the details, too!

(F.O. - hee hee!)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very interesting sweater and construction, Albert. I may have to keep the ribbing in mind for future projects. Thanks. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Very nice usual. And you left the empty beer bottles around to add to the butchness too!

We all need those industrial strength heterosexuals sometimes. lol