Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Knit Red A-Line Hoodie KAL – Week 5

Swatches!

Just a quick update this week! One week to go and we have another nearly finished hoodie! Sara who has just returned to work part-time at JBW (YEAH!), has been gracious enough to allow me to photograph her progress as she's participated in the KAL.


For those of you who follow us on Facebook you may remember this photo of Sara's and my swatches.


Raglan Increase
Sara chose to use MadelineTosh Vintage in the Badlands colorway. She alternated 3 hanks throughout the body because they didn't match as well as she would have liked.


Almost finished body!
Here's her sweater with the body nearly completed. This was her second try. She didn't like the way the colors were coming out with her first try at alternating the 3 hanks. So she opted to stagger the spots where she changed from one ball to the next which really made a big difference and really helped mix the colors well.


This is how a top down sweater's raglan line should look, with that nice elongated stitch right down the center!


Back view
The back view also clearly shows those great raglan lines.


Right side
Sara opted to do a 3 needle bind off for the top of her hood. The photo to the right shows how it looks on the right side.


And this photo shows how nice and tidy this bind off is on the inside of the hood.

Inside view of the bind off.
This is a great join that is very sturdy and helps yarns with a lot of drape maintain structure. You can read how to do it on our instructional page.


All finished!
And here she is! Modeling it for us! As you can see she made some modifications. Instead of increasing for the A-Line shape she did waist decreases and then increased again for the hips. She also added buttonholes all the way down the front and made the sleeves only 3/4s.  


Here's how she did the waist shaping:

Waist Shaping
• decreased four sts every 23 rows, 3 times (12 sts decreased)
• after last decrease round work even for 13 rows
• after working even for 7 rows, increase four sts every 7 rows, five times. (20 sts increased)”

She still hasn't decided on buttons so we fastened it with a shawl pin. We'll have to wait and see what buttons she chooses but based on her past choices I know they will be fabulous!!!


There are a few more sweaters I've seen that are coming along beautifully.


Diane and I will be filming a couple more videos. We experienced some technical issues that have delayed them but we'll get them up for you as soon as we can.


Happy Knitting!
Terry 



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