Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I finished up the Lace Crochet Shawl yesterday and I plan on blocking it today... which I'm not looking forward to. Pinning a very long lace project out on the floor is extremely hard on my back.

I also finished the back of Matt's Sampler Cardigan and decided I needed to tackle the pockets (before it was seamed together and much more cumbersome).

Detail of pocket on Matt's Sampler Cardigan
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I'm basically doing an afterthought pocket. Using the same technique as an afterthought heel... but no shaping. I'm also doing a purl stitch on the sides to help it lay flat. I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

You can hardly see that pocket!
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This pattern screams for an inserted pocket, as it's easily hidden between the samples stitch sections. I think Matt will appreciate having pockets, and for some reason I think it'll make it more "manly" (I have absolutely no idea why).

Anyway, after the pockets, I'll seam up the shoulder seams and do the front buttonbands (before I attach the sleeves... again, it will be less cumbersome).

Rosie: I'm actually not doing inserted sleeves, but the dropped shoulder style as the pattern is written. For my next one (as I look like krap in dropped shoulder styles), I'll do inserted sleeves... and since I work flat, it's not that hard to still do top down. I just pick up my stitches, work even for the length of the insert before I start my decreases (actually I usually work farther than that, as I have heavy upper arms and I like to start decreasing closer to the elbow). Then I just seam the inserted area. However, if you want to attach the insert as you go, check out Cabin Fever's Braids Cardigan, they have directions to do that.

As far as side pockets, I've never done them in knitting. I think the Vogue Knitting book has directions for it. I don't think it'll be difficult, but you might have a little extra seaming to do.

Okay, off to procrastinate on blocking the Lace Crochet Shawl...


  1. Those pockets look great! What a cool idea.

  2. OK then, I guess I was thinking that all that shaping I see coming up in 10 more inches was a set in sleeve. Of course that would make sense now why I marked a row for the sleeve and why there was only another 2 inches to go to complete the sweater when the shaping begins. DUH! I don't know why I had that this was a set in sleeve stuck in my head. Thanks. Now I'll have no problem picking up the stitches and knitting down.

    Speaking of the Braids Cardigan, that is actually the one I have on my to do list next. I already have it in the bag with all the Cottage Craft yarn. I know you have done this one also, but wasn't really thrilled with it for some reason. I know I saw it on your old Gallery, but it doesn't seem to be there now. Ooooh, look at all those yummy sweater just waiting for cool weather!

  3. Cindy, even though you knit/crochet A Lot, it seems like you are really speeding along the last couple weeks with Autumn approaching! ('s pretty warm for September right now...)


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