Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Give

***Warning: camera happy person post.***

Another FO that, pathetically enough, was finished August 18th! I'm amazed that I haven't gotten around to posting about it until now. This sweater only took me about 2 weeks from cast-on to blocking and cleared up a whopping 800 grams of yarn out of the stash. I forgot how fast worsted yarn flies off the needles after Icarus, MS3 and months worth of socks.

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I now present Rosedale United or Rosedale Redux as I call her. Redux because I completely rewrote the pattern down to a 35" bust, I modified the waist shaping, added length on the body, used a different rib stitch and learned the stretchy-est cast-on I've ever come across.

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Amy Swenson’s Rosedale United (Fall 2003 Knitty) free pattern available here
Yarn: Noro Kuryeon in colour 207
Amount: 7.75 skeins
Left over: about 25 grams
Size: 36" bust measurement to fit a 35" bust.
Started: July 29, 2007
Finished: August 17, 2007

Since this sweater is knit from the bottom up in the round the cast-off edge ended up at my neck. Right about the time I finished the raglan decreases, I started to realize that the neck opening looked pretty small. Since I have been known to have difficulties fitting my hefty cranium through shirt necks, there was a small amount of panic.

Luckily, I found the stretchiest bind off I've ever seen here and the pending crisis was averted.

Since it's been a comfortable 8 months since my last attempt at any sort of tutorial, I figured I'd share the-bind-off-that-saved-the-day since someone is always looking for a stretchy (but not sloppy bind-off).

Best thing about this technique is that you don't have to worry about making your BO row stitches abnormally loose. It's already perfect, no need to compensate.

As with most bind-off techniques, you begin by knitting the first two stitches in the regular fashion.

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Next, insert the left-hand needle as you would to SSK (just the K part not the SS).

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Wrap the working yarn counterclockwise around the right-hand needle.

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Pull the yarn through the two stitches and then drop the two stitches that have been worked off the left-hand needle.

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Knit the next stitch on the left-hand needle and repeat from Step 2 until all of the stitches have been cast-off.

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Break the working yarn and pull the tail through the last remaining stitch. Admire your work.

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Stretch your work and notice how the bind-off does not restrict the stretch of your fabric at all.

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Hopefully that is easy to understand. Thanks to a very productive and amazingly relaxing long weekend, I should have another FO for you later this week.

4 comments:

Nicole said...

That's a lovely sweater! I like the way the color changes work with the contrast panel in the front.

Queen of the froggers said...

Great tutorial on the bind off. I hope autumn rose is going Ok if you have strated it. I have just started Venezia by Eunny.

Queen of the froggers said...

Sorry, forgot to say that your sweater in the Noro is gorgeous!

Martha said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial. I kept it handy and it was a big help casting off my first pair of toe-up socks!