It’s been a finishing party around here for the last couple days, as I finally get my latest sweater design prepped and ready for both pattern release and general wear (I’ll have a new sweater to wear to Rhinebeck, which pleases me greatly). The finishing part of sweaters always takes longer than I’d like, emotionally, because in my head the big work of knitting the component parts is already done, but of course seaming (if you’re working in pieces) takes a bit of time, as does picking up for a button-band and collar. Even if you’re making a seamless pullover, there’s always some finishing to get done.
I still remember very distinctly, though, the first time I actually took the time to learn the proper technique for sewing up a vertical seam (It was from reading the technique section in Stitch n Bitch, a book I still recommend for beginners because the reference chapters at the beginning are excellent), and it made so much difference. I knitted a couple of sweaters before I got to that point, and must have seamed them up somehow, but I’m not sure how I did it and I’m not sure I want to think about how it must have looked. (If you’re still new to seaming, this quick photo reference set from Vogue Knitting is great for multiple types of vertical seams, and there are oodles of YouTube video tutorials as well).
Doing the finishing is admittedly not my favourite part of the knitting process (I’d rather knit the pretty cables and textured stitches), but doing it does dramatically increase your chances of getting a finished sweater, so, let’s just get on with it and get ‘er done, right? Right.
Once I get some proper photos of this lovely bunch of cables, it’ll be available in wide release next week, so here’s looking forward to that! And also here’s looking forward to the cool weather that’ll let us wear our lovely knitted things for real. This is 100% wool from Georgian Bay Fibre Co. and it is not fooling around. I can’t wait to do more projects with it. Sweater weather’s almost here.
Have a great weekend knitter friends!
Pattern: Cardigan design in progress, for Fall 2015 release
Yarn: Bayfield Aran in ‘wrought iron tower hilil’ colourway, from Georgian Bay Fibre Co.