If you read one of my previous blogs, you will know that Kenji, my grandson,was just born on December 28th. We are putting together a box of gifts for him. Today, I made him a sweater.
I had some large navy blue yarn, so I decided to use it, and if the yarn is big, I also need to use large needles. I am using Korean needles, so I have no idea what size these would translate to in America because there are no numbers on them. I used two pairs of needles, one was larger and the other slightly smaller than them. I used two balls of yarn.
I began by casting on 16 stitches on the smaller pair of needles. I ribbed for about 1 1/2 inches. The ribbing was knit 2, pearl two for one row, and the next row was all knit, then knit two, pearl two for a row, knit a row, etc.
After the ribbing, I changed to the larger needles. It knit a row, pearled a row for 5 inches. The next row is knit, and on the knit row, I decreased one stitch at the beginning of the row and the end of the row, then I pearled a row, then I decreased one stitch at the beginning and the end of the knit row, then I pearled a row, etc. until the whole piece measured 9 1/2 inches, then I cast off.
Next, I made four pieces like this: I cast on 10 stitches with the smaller needles, then I ribbed for about 1 1/2 inches. After that, I changed to the larger needles again and knit a row, pearled a row for 5 inches. Next, on the knit rows again, I decreased one stitch at the beginning and the end of the row until I had 4 stitches left on the needle. I worked until it measured 9 1/2 inches from the bottom to the top.
Now, I have five different pieces. I began matching sides up. At the top of all of them, the work is slanted, and that is where the sleeve connects. Two of the smaller pieces are for the front of the sweater, and two of the smaller pieces are for the sleeves. The larger piece is the back of the sweater. You can use a yarn needle and yarn to attach the pieces inside if you want. I have looked for yarn needles unsuccessfully, so I used my crochet hook to put mine together.
Start by taking a small piece and the larger piece and connecting them where the pieces are slanted making sure that you work on the inside and that the smoother side of the work is on the outside on both pieces. Next, take another small piece and connect it to the small piece you just connected to the back where it is slanted. You have connected a sleeve and a front piece. The piece in the middle is the sleeve. Turn it inside out and make a seam to close the sleeve.
Next, so the same thing on the other side. Starting with the back piece and one of the small pieces, connect them where the slant is making sure the smooth part is outside. After that, take the last piece and connect it where it is slanted to the smaller piece you just connected to the back. The middle piece is the sleeve. Turn it inside out and make a seam to close the sleeve.
Now, you will want to make 2 seams to close the front to the back. You aren’t finished yet.
You have to do the finishing around the neck and in the front. I used one long knitting needle. I used a small one, but after I did it, I wondered if a big needle might have worked. Use your own judgement. I picked up stitches all along the front of the sweater, on to the neck, and then down the other side of the front of the sweater. All the stitches were on the same needle.
I knitted a row, pearled a row on this for about 1 1/2 inches, then I cast off and finished cutting the yarn. Next, I went inside the work and wove all the stray ends back into the work. I had a little problem because at one point, the first ball of yarn was finished, and I had to attach the second ball of yarn, and where I did it, I didn’t like what it looked like. I realized that the whole thing might lay better if I would block the sweater.
Often, when you make a sweater, it is better to block it to make it lay better. I took the sweater to the sink and got it completely soaked. I put a towel around in and rung it out. Next, I put the towel on a flat surface and put the sweater flat on the towel. I pushed and pulled the sweater here and there until it was laying flatter and more uniform. Next, I just left it there to dry. I just blocked the sweater. When it is dry, it will be ready to send to Kenji, after I get rid of that bulge.