I finally started my blue sweater- the one that I’m using my Knit Picks Provinicial Tweed for. The one that I’ve been putting off, because I didn’t know precisely what I wanted to do with it.
Well, I still don’t know what I want to do with this sweater, but I’m not letting that stop me right now.
I do know a few things about my plan, however:
- I know my gauge. I’m using my favorite US8s and they give me about 4.75-5 sts/inch.
- I know I want to make a pullover.
- I know I want to make a sweater with set-in sleeves. (It’s been a hot minute since I did the whole set-in sleeves thing, and I want to give it a go again.)
- I know that I have a lot of yarn, so I should make something tunic-length or billowy to use up some yardage.
- I know that if I start from the top and work down, I’ll have time to figure out what I really want to do.
So that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’ve started a top-down pullover with a crew neck and set-in sleeves, based on Ann Budd’s genius book, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges. I love this book, and find it’s an indispensable tool when designing my own sweaters whether they’re one-offs, just for me (like this sweater), or they’re turned into published patterns. She walks you through making a simple sweater (that you can jazz up any way you like) with virtually any gauge and any size. I like math more than your average person, but the amount of math that Ann must have done to write this book boggles my mind.
Anyway, enough fan-girling (though, you really should pick up this book if you’re interested in designing your own sweaters).
I started knitting, following the instructions for the appropriate size set-in sleeve pullover, and I’m currently a couple inches down from the armpits. And now I’ve got to make some decisions.My original impulse was to pick a few points around the bustline (maybe two points on the front and two on the back, or maybe just at either side along the “seams”) and increase as I knit down, making an A-line sweater, something that fit nicely through the shoulders, then flared out below the arms, like this:But, now I’m not sure. That shape seems a little girly for me. I’m now thinking I might just make the sweater straight and let it get extra-long (maybe hip length or longer), then splitting the hem and working in a little extra length (like this sweater, but even longer).What do you think? What would you do? I’ve pushed off making this decision for long enough!