Project – Fading Cables Pullover
Patons Pattern Book #500872 – Next Steps Six – Learn to Cable
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Cherry
Blogger – YoElizbo
It is funny how knitting a sweater goes. You knit and knit and knit, and slowly the pieces begin to pile up. And then suddenly, you don't have that much left and the knitting becomes a race to the finish. All you want to do is finish the knitting.
Of course, it goes without saying that once the knitting is done, then the work comes. The blocking and sewing up. Sometimes the sewing can be feel more daunting than the intricate cable pattern. But like the cable pattern (which is always made easier by my mom's sage advice: Don't worry about the rows ahead, just do the row in front of you) that means one seam at a time, one stitch at a time.
But before I even began to consider sewing up my lovely Faded Cables pullover, I got out my favorite book, All Stitched Up by Jane Crowfoot, and I reviewed the various seaming methods such as the mattress stitch for the side seams and joining the sleeve to the body. I also reread the section on joining a collar to the body of a sweater, which this sweater has you do. Now I've sewn for as long as I've knit, so I can say with no lack of humility (yeah, I can hear knittinjen snorting her coffee all over her keyboard on that one) that I am a competent seamstress, but a little review never hurts. It also reminds me of two important things to consider as you are seaming up--1) small, even stitches, and 2) pin, pin, pin! Here is what I mean:
I think setting sleeves and getting them in evenly is always a bit tricky, but if you go slowly and pin like a mad woman, they really will go in perfectly the first time:
I've pinned this sleeve in using small coil less safety pins, starting at the top of the sleeve, then I pinned the ends of the sleeves to the ends of the armholes on the sweater. After that, I carefully continued to pin and fit, pin and fit.
When I begin to stitch, I begin at the top and work my way down one side of the armhole. Repinning as I go, stretching slightly if necessary, but always keeping in mind to use small, even stitches, and not to pull them too tight. Then when one side is done, sew in the other. You might think it would be more efficient to start at one armhole and go up and around the Horn and then sail straight to the end, but that sleeve will go in easier with less tugging and fitting and then that "Oh, poo" moment when you are finished and you find it is all puckered on one side and you've got three inches of overhang and nowhere to go. Here is my finished sleeve:
The same with the neck. I pinned it and repinned it, until I had it fitting perfectly.
Then sewed it in. And, ta da!
I am really proud of this sweater and thrilled how easy it was to knit. The cabled portion on the front was enough of a challenge to make the sweater interesting, the details in the sleeves kept them from being boring and are pretty, and the Patons Classic Wool is snuggly warm. As I told someone recently, I'll probably take it off sometime around April.