Today begins the craziness that is #BANGoutatsweaterKAL and I thought I would share with you the method to my madness to Cardiganize this pullover, in case you want to join me.
I first looked at Ravelry and saw one Stopover that had some very interesting alterations to the original pattern, she was looking for more of an a-line sweater, which I think will work extremely well for me. I am not doing the identical a-line she did – but close! And, since Mary Jane put together some additional sizes late last week, sizing up is simple. I am casting on the number of stitches for the next size up plus 2 stitches and will do decreases down to the size I am. I will explain the reasoning for the extra stitches momentarily.
Stay with me here.
I wanted a very elastic, yet sturdy edge so I played with several different types of cast on edges on Saturday and the winner was the German Twisted Cast-On. I love the edge it gives and it has a good amount of stretch, but not too much and it seems like it will hold up well. And, while I am still thinking about my bind off, I found this link to the Icelandic Bind-Off and think it might just be perfect for my Lopapeysa, I will swatch with it and see how I think it works and let you all know.
I will knit the ribbing back and forth until I reach where we change to the larger needle at round 6 of the pattern. At this point I will add a steek stitch and join in the round and continue knitting. Please note, my beginning of the round will be at the center at this point. I will knit to the side and make this be my new “start of the round.” This way I will not have to steek the ribbing, making the process easier – I hope. I will do the same when I get to the neck ribbing, thereby avoiding steeking those parts as well. I will be using Ysolda’s crochet steek method that she blogged about here.
But, what about those two additional stitches? Well, then the edges of my cardigan will have mirrored knit 2 ribbing. I will not decrease these 2 stitches out, but rather leave them in my sweater as I knit the body. I have not quite figured out in my head how they will work when I get to the color work, but my plan is for them to remain cozied up to the steek stitch and they will then be part of the neck ribbing (which I will also knit back and forth) making it match like its counterpart ribbing at the bottom of the sweater.
Per gingerknitting, she did not start the decreases until she was 3-4 inches from the cast on edge – basically where the decreases in the pattern begin. I want my sweater to be the same length as hers so I will knit 4 inches and then begin decreases 1 stitch at each side every inch and a half for 9 inches, decreasing 12 stitches in total, and then knit 4 inches straight. These numbers made my math work out perfectly.
I hope this makes sense, and I will be sure to have a plethora of photos as I progress, and I hope to have this sweater completed before the next clue for Kirsten Kapur’s Mystery socks comes out on Friday. Wishful thinking, I know. But, this is all about getting this cardigan “banged” out quickly while it is still winter!
And that, Gentle Reader, is all for today, I have a boatload of knitting to do!
Still waiting for my yarn…I got a yellow card from the PO on Saturday. Maybe it will be in there today!!! (Something is in there. It could be my 15″ Cricket 12-dent reed, it could be my Blue Moon Fiber Arts January Socks that Rock kit (shush), it could be my order from WEBS!!!) Or maybe ALL of it!
I wimped out, but will be looking forward to your completed sweater this week! 😉 I’m terrible at picturing things until I actually see a picture, but your plan and math sure sound good to me!
You are very brave. I will be following along as the pattern is written, casting on tonight after work!
Sounds like a great plan to me! I’m sticking with the original design/pattern — and cast on this morning. I’m starting with the sleeves . . . (I hate knitting sleeves, and always do them first if possible. It helps.)
For a cardigan that incorporates stranding the way this one does, Meg Swansen suggests knitting a stitch on each side of the steek in the color you are using for the band and then the steek stitches. It makes it so much easier to pickup the stitches for the band and gives a lovely even edge to work from. I tried this and it works beautifully.
Just curious how you plan to finish your cardigan fronts? Crochet? Pick up and knit bands? Thanks!