Some of the ladies have asked me if I could help them design one of my designs and I would be quite willing to do so. I am quite happy to do this if there are at least five of you who want to try this. We will be making either a drop shoulder cardigan or pullover - your choice.
First of all we will make one of my Coat of Many colors- only instead of using Intarsia as shown in the wine pullover, we will use variegated yarn for the bottom portion as shown in the picture of the cardigan.
It will be easier if you have a bit of knitting experience and most importantly, if you know how to calculate the gauge for knitting. I will help you if you have difficulty with this there are also places on the web which will show you if you google it.
We wont be using any fancy stitching so this is not difficult.
I will be starting the sweater next week and you can do either a cardigan or a pullover
(1)-I use 5.5 (9 US) or 5 (8 US) needles
(2)One large ball of worsted or sport yarn in one color for the yoke and sleeves etc.
(3)One large ball of a variegated worsted or sport yarn for the bottom half of the sweater.
Do your sweater in either of these yarn thicknesses just make sure you buy the same yarn for bottom and yoke.
I buy the large balls at Walmart DONT use your good yarn until you see if you enjoy doing this. The walmart yarn makes a good every day sweater and works well.
This will leave you enough yarn over to knit a scarf or mittens etc. if you are a large size.
(4)Please buy a notebook .
Knit a swatch 4 x 4 and using a gauge ruler or a regular ruler (carefully)
Measure how many stitches you have in each inch it could be something less than one stitch eg. 3.5 and write this down
It is very important for this sweater for you to do the same measurement for the number of rows. Write down the number of rows per inch and the number of stitches per inch as well as the size of needles you are going to use. You dont need to follow the gauge mentioned on the label - you will be able to figure out your own number of stitches per inch .
To decide the number of stitches - add l.5 inches to the circumfrence of your hips -- say your hips are 40 inches -- and you have 3.5 stitches per inch or rows per inch you multipy 40 x 3.5 - to get the number of stitches - then divide that number in half to get the number of stitches for the back and front.
you do the same with the rows.
Once you have done both of these mark them down in your workbook.
(5)Now you will take measurements (it will help if you have someone else take your measurements.
Around the neck
Around the bust,
Around the waist (not necessary for these sweaters but good to have in your measurements.
Around the hips
From underarm to bottom of sweater
From front neck (before border) to bottom of sweater (this will be 3 inches shorter than your back neck to bottom of sweater
Under arm to bottom of cuff (make your sleeves plenty long - ) I usually add an inch to this measurement for the finished sleeve.
I usually have at least an 8 inch yoke from neck to bottom of yoke --
It is helpful if your yoke starts just under the arm in the front and the back (as this is
the shoulders are attached) A drop sleeve you can then make your sleeve top the same width as the total of front and back once you have sewn them together at the shoulders.
So ladies - get your yarn, do your guage - do your swatches and get your measurements. I will be here tomorrow and gone until Wednesday - please let me know if you are interested!
You can check out other sweaters of this type on my blog-they are completely my own designhttp://shirl-oneofakindfiberarts.blogspot.com/