I finished Gwen’s pink sweater (side track sweater) this evening.
It’s been a really quick knit, and I’m happy with the way it turned out.
I followed the pattern darn near to the letter. I think there was a mistake on the separation of stitches for the sleeves. The pattern says, “k to the first marker, remove it, k1. Using a blunt darning needle and scrap yarn, slip all the sts between here and the next marker to the length of yarn to hold fro the left sleeve.“ The right sleeve is pretty much the same instruction. The problem is that this leaves 39 stitches on the yarn, and the sleeve is off-center by 1 stitch. Later, when working the sleeves, you pick up 10 stitches from the under arm. You should have 50 stitches at this point, but 39 + 10 = 49. I think it would work best to leave off the k1 after removing the first marker. That would center the sleeve in a way that makes much more sense, and it would leave you with the right number of stitches.
This is a top-down Raglan, so instead of the “Raglan Decrease” being K2tog, SSK, it was worked as a pair of increases. The pattern said to knit into the front and back of the stitch for both increases. I started doing that, but it really didn’t look good. So instead, I did a M1R and M1L pair. These look very much like the K2tog, SSK pair of increases.
The only other issue I had was that I knit the first sleeve to the length the pattern indicated. Gwen was long since asleep when I got to finishing the first sleeve last night, so I couldn’t try it on her. When I tried it on this morning, it was about 4 inches too long. My bad. Luckily this is knit top down, so I just frogged back the right length, and finished the sleeve off again. I tried it on once more before starting the other sleeve, and it fit much better.
The second sleeve went much quicker. It was shorter, and I’m getting better with magic loop.
So here is the finished product. Once again, Gwen has been asleep for quite a while now, so I can’t get a picture of her modeling it right now.
||Knitting Pure & Simple: Children’s Neck Down Pullover #9730 by Diane Soucy
||Berroco Peruvia Colors
||US 6 (4.0 mm) & US 9 (5.5 mm)
||November 16, 2008
||November 27 2008
||Watch out for the sleeve length, and a possible mistake on the sleeve holes.