Tag: Peace sweater

Peace Sweater # 12

My goal has been to have this sweater finished in time for the county fair, which would guarantee it was ready for wool contest, and give me time to focus on the pants that would be sewn to go with it. I got a little side tracked with the sleeve problems, but knew that doing the finish work would be perfect for this past week while at String Camp. I had hour long breaks between accompanying groups, and this was the perfect thing to work in in between. 

That meant I had to get crackin’ on the blocking, which is quite simple when done in the Norwegian wool fashion. No washing, just steam on a towel on the ironing board, with a few pins for the necessary hems that might curl. I decided to block in sections, so I did one piece each day, allowing each section to cool before turning it. I could hem the completed piece while the other was finishing, then sew while yet another piece was on the ironing board.

That worked perfectly, and by Friday morning I found myself knitting up the collar stitches! Saturday I picked up two lovely buttons on sale and Sunday I finished the collar. Today, I had a long list of things to do, many that I wasn’t very excited about, but I was determined to persevere, and here is the partial result of my “sticking to the knitting!”

I’m not 100% on the zipper yet, but I’ll do a little press before I do any ripping. I have crocheted my loops and will attach them along with the buttons while I wait for Girl #2. We are going to Denver tomorrow for her visa interview. Alas, that means that I’ll have to visit the Denver Fabric Warehouse to buy some wool to match this sweater. Oh well, I’ll try to bear it!😉

Pattern: Dale of Norway Peace DG1501

Yarn: KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in White  and Wonderland Heather

 

Peace Sweater # 10

I did lay this project aside for awhile because it wasn’t going very well. I was unhappy with how the sleeve ballooned when I switched to knitting in the round. The cause was the wrong sized needles. I really needed size 2 1/2, and I didn’t have them and couldn’t find any. Switching from 2’s to the round 3’s was just too sudden. Laying it aside must have been exactly what I needed, because one morning I woke up and was able to work out both the needle challenge and the switch from knitting flat to round in just a few minutes. (In my head, that is!)


The test of course, was to see how it would look, and the only way to know for sure was to start knitting. So, after considering for a day or two, I gritted my teeth and frogged the entire sleeve, which had about 20 more rounds than the photo above. I have outlined my steps here, so that I have them for the second sleeve, and who knows? There might be someone else out there trying to figure out a similar problem (🙄 yeah, right!)

A. Cast on using no. 2 straight pins, mark the center with a stitch marker. This will eventually become the underside center.

B. Knit the diagrams until you reach the first round row. Transfer stitches to double pins (no. 2) and start with new yarn on the  underside center. When you reach the new topside center, add a stitch marker and close the circle. Stitch the diagrams as directed, adding stitches to the underside center as directed in step C.


C. Increase one stitch on each side of the marker (total of 2) every 6 rows 4 times, then every 4 rows 3 times.

D. Switch to the no. 3 round pins after completing the triangle on diagram H. Continue according to the directions, going back to increases every 6 rows.

By waiting until the triangle is completed, it is easier to transition to the larger needles less noticeably,  especially if one takes care to knit loosely in the rows right before, and more tightly just after.


While it sounds a little crazy, the sleeve sure looks more like it should now! Getting over that challenge has me back working on this each evening, and as you can see, I am half way, maybe a little more. The next time I get stuck, I can just start the second sleeve,  instead of putting it away until I get motivated again.

Peace Sweater #8

Time for another update. There doesn’t always seem to be a lot of difference from the previous post, but these updates do keep me motivated, so  they are worthwhile in that way! I have now completed the front right side twice…I was unhappy with my short rows, and woke up with the solution, but of course, I had to frog, which isn’t nearly as traumatic after learning the easy way to do it. Simply put your needle through each stitch of the row you need to frog:


Then pull!


No lost stitches to worry about, and you are ready to try again with a minimal amount of frustration.

Good thing I have found a method without the drama, as I’m pretty certain I may have to frog the back neckline and try again. 

With frogging complete, I have this picture for my official update……


Yes, we have a completed top, assuming I leave the back neckline as is!

I have found my hardware at a place called Vermont Pewter, and have a couple of braided trims to consider too, so I’m feeling pretty happy with how things are progressing. There’s still a long way to go, but I think an August finish  may be quite possible. 😃

Peace Sweater #7

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Here’s where I was…..

I took a short break from Peace, but am now back to doing a few rows each night. I have needle issues, so it has been a little inconvenient working on the back, but that is nearing completion, and things will be easier for the front. 

The pattern had a few challenges in it, especially how to handle the rows of one color, except for a few stitches in the center! I don’t think I did them to code, but think I can make it work, and  I may do a little research before I get to that point on the front.

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I did come up, with a helpful tip that may be of use to some. The written instructions contain the decreases for the sleeve area, and instead of going back and forth between the chart and those written decreases, I marked them on the chart. It worked great, especially since I was able to double check that I would end up with the correct number of stitches before I even started! Why it took me this long to figure that out, I have no idea, but I’ll certainly use it again!

Now I am ready to bind off the center back and finish the shoulders, so am working through the mysteries of the short row. I think I finally can see how it will develop in my mind, so will give it a try tonight, and see how it goes! I am excited to turn my attention to the front, and not be fighting with my needles all the time. I never did solve my straight needles dilemma, so made do with my two pair of circulars. Oh well, it’s over now, so I got through. 🙂

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Peace Sweater #6

Drum roll, please….I have finished Diagram C!!!!!! The sweater is no longer just the body, but is now separated into Front and Back. I’m working the back first, and debating about finding some 2.5 mm regular needles. The stitch count will run at 135, anyone have an opinion on straight or round?


I’ve been using the two pair of circular needles I have, and it’s OK, but not great, since one is about 16 inches and the other is sleeve size. I haven’t found any online sources for 2.5 mm (2 1/2 on my Norwegian package). I tried a row with my 3’s and I could feel the difference, so not sure I want to go that route.


I am also very happy to change colors, the yellow highlighter was difficult to see in the evening lamp light. I opted for blue this round. 😄 I have worked 10 more rows on chart D, but it is slower for me working the pattern while purling. 


I have also found a mystery knit along, called the Knitterati Afghan,that is 30 10 inch knitted blocks over the next year, to celebrate Cascade Yarns’ 30th anniversary. I may use it as a break from Peace, depending on how I’m feeling. Find the link here. I first found it poking around on Ravelry. 

Pattern:  Peace by Dale of Norway DG1501

Yarn: KnitPicks Stroll in white and wonderland heather

Peace Sweater #5

I have made good progress this past week, and have come to the point where the front and back are no longer the same. I am also 2/3 of the way up diagram C, and working another set of roses, which are my favorite motifs thus far. I am back to adding stitches; this pattern is a more fitted sweater and actually has a little bit of a curve to the sides.

Here’s where I was the last time I posted:

I have nearly finished my second skein of white yarn, and will be looking forward to a new color to mark my  new chart.

Here’s my latest photo:

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I think that my tension is still holding pretty well. There’s a little bit of wrinkling in some of the areas, but I think that a steam treatment will take care of most of that, and if not, I can do a regular blocking treatment.

Pattern: Dale of Norway Peace Sweater DG 1501

 

Yarn: Stroll fingering in white and wonderland heather by Knitpicks

Peace Sweater # 4

I didn’t post last week, though I did knit. I was accompanying the 7th graders from a local middle school for their solo contest on Wednesday, so had some early mornings for practices at the school. That, and last week’s stress crimped my evening mojo a bit!

As I study my work so far, I am pretty pleased. There’s only a slight amount of wrinkling across the body, so I think that it will steam up/ block very easily. 

I was here:


Now I am here:

The big news is that I have completed Diagram B and have a solid start on Diagram C. I  celebrated with a new color of highlighter. I must say making a copy of the diagram and using the highlighter has eliminated all those “Where am I now?” Moments, and helped me a BUNCH! Isn’t is funny how a very simple thing can really make a difference?

Pattern: Dale of Norway Peace Sweater DG 1501

Yarn: Stroll fingering in white and wonderland heather by Knitpicks