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Orangey Goodness

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I am seriously digging the color orange lately, and I think its because it reminds me of my kids. They both have that lovely reddish-orange colored hair, and it just makes me feel warm when I wear orange.

I finished the body of Jamie’s Pumpkin Sweater, and made a few changes to the pattern as I went.He’s a very long baby, so I extended the length. I’m already knitting the 12 month size and he fits into 9 month clothes easily. Hopefully with the extra length on it, he can wear the sweater all winter long. My kids are tall but not very roly-poly Gerber-esque.

I also tried something new on the shoulders. Instead of binding them off and seaming them together later,  I left the stitches liveon top and kitchener stitched them together. I’m not sure if I’ll like the effect once its worn, but for now I’m loving the abilty to avoid a lumpy seam.

I stopped in at Knit’N from the ❤ on Saturday and picked up some more Happy Feet sock yarn. This time I’m making myself a pair of socks, and the way its gotten cold so quickly this winter has only made me wish more often that I had a stash of handknit socks. No time like the present to get started on that, right?

I immediately gravitated towards this lovely colorway in orange and reds. The picture really doesn’t do the colors justice, as usual. I know I should be all avant-garde and pick a fancy sock pattern, but I know I’ll get more use out of a plain stockingette sock. Although I wonder if a waffle-stitch sock would be too much work…I’ll have to get back to ya.

Tomorrow I’ll post the first part of my Bella’s Mittens pattern. Stay tuned!

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Written by Milwaukee Knit Chick

November 16, 2008 at 11:36 pm

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  1. Just a note from someone who has grappled with lumpy shoulder seams: short rows and three-needle bind-off.

    The problem with grafting the shoulder is that the stitched will stretch out of shape. You actually do want a seam that will carry the weight of the garment. This is not a problem on a sweater for a child, who will out grow your adorable sweater long before the stitches stretch out of shape. But on an adult sweater… especially a drapey (but heavy) rayon blend… not so nice.

    I always had lumpy seams when I did the typical stepped bind offs on shoulder seams. I had one cardigan that I put aside for a couple of years until I could get this right.

    The solution: short rows. Then all of the stitches are live and you can do the ever-wonderful three-needle bind-off, which gives you a smooth (and strong) seam to support the weight of your entire garment.

    The best explanations that I’ve seen are in the magisterial The Principles of Knitting, by June Hemmons Hiatt [which was how I finally learned the technique]. This book, the size of a big one-volume dictionary, has long been out of print, but you can probably find one at a public library, possibly your hometown library. If not, you can request it through InterLibrary Loan [full disclosure: I work in a library and have used ILL for lots of books over the years].

    If you can’t track down Principles, then Google is your friend. There are some great web sites and blogs that show how to work short rows and three-needle bind-offs. There’s a great article on short rows on Knitty [http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/FEATpatterns103.html], and a fabulous explanation and illustration of three techniques for short rows on NonaKnits [http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonaknits/2005/04/japanese_short_.html is the URL for the best post in the series].

    Happy knitting.
    Pat McDermott [sjrb66 at Ravelry]

    Pat McDermott

    December 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm


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