I’ve been making steady progress on my Papaya Sweater. I took it on vacation with me- if I’m remembering correctly, I actually cast on in the SeaTac Airport. I got a good chunk of knitting done while I was traveling, but I didn’t get much done while I was actually in Georgia. After all, who wants to work on a wool sweater in 90-degree heat with near-100% humidity? (Not me, that’s who.)
Despite the weather (the humidity and the hurricane), I managed to get a good chunk of knitting done. The Loana Cardigan is a top-down, seamless raglan, so I started at the neck, did a handful of short rows (for the shoulders), and managed to make it almost to the armpit split by the time I got home. (Unfortunately for the sake of pictures, my circular needle is a little too short to let me lay out the sweater nicely just yet, so you’ll have to believe me that I’ve made the progress I said I made.)I usually tweak a few things, but I really like the simple design of this sweater. So I only changed one thing. (Ha!) The pattern calls for vertical ribbing along the front edges of the sweater. I decided to do a few stitches of garter stitch instead (since garter stitch kind of looks like ribbing, just pointing the other direction). I think it’s looking pretty good, and should lay nice and flat, when I’ve finished the sweater.There’s nothing more satisfying than a lovely, well executed raglan increase, if you ask me. You just pick four spots, and increase 2 stitches at each point on every RS row, then BAM, you’ve got a sweater! It seems too simple to work, but here I am, making another awesome raglan sweater. The neat little rows of increases are so pretty (and functional), and make me so happy. (OK, maybe I get little too sentimental about shoulder shaping. So sue me!)Have you ever made a top-down seamless sweater before? How did it turn out? What was your favorite part of your project?