I’ve been back at work with my Papaya Sweater. But I gotta tell you, it’s slow going.
Not because it’s a difficult pattern. It’s super simple, relaxing knitting. It’s great TV knitting (we’re slowly catching up on Stranger things- so good!). I still like the color (though I’m still unsure why I purchased this tropical shade of pink-y orange-it’s so unlike my usual style).
The problem with this sweater is that it’s:
- Massive (Yes, I know I picked out an extra-long, extra-flowy sweater, so this one’s on me).
- Knit at a fairly small gauge (For a big ol’ sweater).
- Really big (I don’t think I can understate this).
- 100% stockinette (Like, that’s all it is!).
- Gigantic (For real, it’s just huge).
Don’t get me wrong, I like stockinette as much as the next lady. It’s beautiful and simple, it’s easy to do and blocks up like a dream. But, y’all, there’s so much of it. I’m only a few inches past the armpits and I’m already daydreaming of the shoulder shaping again. Maybe I should add a little bit of lace or some sort of texture along the fronts, or a small cable running down the “seams” under the arms.
Or (if I’m being honest) I’ll probably just keep moving right along, whining about all the stockinette, and working up a quick Christmas Ball or two when I get bored.
Anyway, I can always take a break from the body of the sweater to make up the arms, if the situation gets really dire.
What’s on your needles right now?
I’ve made it through the tricky part (as far as this sweater has a tricky part; it’s exceptionally simple). The shoulders look great, and I made it to the arm/body split, otherwise known as the armpit.
From now on, it’s basically straight stockinette down to the extra-long hem (unless I get really antsy and try doing something fancy).
I want this sweater to be as long as I can possibly make it, so I’m going to do a couple inches (probably to the end of this skein) on the body, then switch over and finish off the sleeves. That way, I can work to the very last inch of the very last skein to make the rest of the body. (We all know how well my last game of yarn chicken went… let’s hope this one works out a little better.)I really like how this sweater is turning out- I keep thinking of outfits it would be perfect with. But, I have a while to go before I get to take this bad boy off my needles. I just need to buckle down and turn into a real knitting machine.
Have you been working on any marathon projects lately?
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?