Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Teeth galore


Side join
Originally uploaded by Asplund
"Jaws" is taking shape; here's the side join.

I made the steek rather wide, since I didn't want to cut it open in the middle but to cut out the middle part of it with all the dangling threads.

Then I picked up stitches along the whole front and the whole back and started knitting the side panels vertically. The original design has garter-stitch side panels, but I prefer stocking stitch. (It's the same thing with the yoke). The first and last ten stitches are garter stitch, though, to blend with the bottom border and to keep it from curling. Also, I chose to have a split, which isn't in the original design. 

This is what the wrong side looks like.
 

I first tested making the side panels all brown, but changed my mind: I wanted to accentuate the construction with some stranded colourwork and decided to knit more "teeth" before a few all brown rows. I ended with a purl row (or, rather, a knit row on the wrong side) before casting the sides off together from the wrong side.


Ron asked about the sleeves. They will get more "teeth" (the more, the merrier) possibly turned into simple lines. Maybe a splash of orange or yellow... I'm surprising myself by not deciding very much in advance - I usually like deciding most things in advance but leaving some room for improvisation and changes.




11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful construction details. The purl rows add so much interest. Can't wait to see it finished.
Ron in Mexico

Anne said...

This is looking great -- I love how you are letting the design evolve.....without a lot of planning ahead...just letting what feels right work - good for you!

Francesca said...

Your joins are flawless, as always. This is going to be another beautiful sweater.

Katarina said...

Looks great! The colours are fab!

Carolina said...

It's looking good. I agree it's really fun to have some things to decide as a project goes along. If everything is predetermined, sometimes I feel like a lowly worker bee.

Crafty Andy said...

What a great Job buddy, thanks for sharing and love the colors you have chosen.

Thanh said...

Beautiful and inspiring!

ylva said...

I like the colours! And as always awesome handicraft

Allison said...

The colours are beautiful. I want to try steeking in a project some day.

Kerry said...

"cut out the midddle part" what a clever way to avoid sewing in all those ends :)Your sweater is looking great.

Asplund said...

Thanks, everyone!

Do try steeking, Allison - it isn't difficult and it makes stranded colourwork a lot easier.