Finished!

The swiggle sweater is finally finished – sleeves, collar, seams and all!

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Better pictures and a pattern to follow.

Jumper DNA

In my desperate attempt to find good things about having to undo a portion of the swiggle sweater, here is some beauty found in the two wiggly strands of yarn code that appeared as I pulled (and pulled). Does this make me an exonuclease..?dna

Blocked

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The swiggle sweater front and back are now settling into their new, better behaved shapes, thanks to my first attempt at blocking!

Blocking is great (why haven’t I done it before?!) because it allows you to have a bit of control of the size and shape of a piece of knitting after you’re done with the needles. It seems to help even out the tension a bit too.

I soaked the pieces in water, then rolled them up in a towel to spin on a low setting for a few minutes. Then I laid them out on dry towels and a cotton sheet and pinned them down, using a tape measure to make sure the sides were straight.

I ended up spraying them with a bit more water because the spin dry worked a bit too well, so took the opportunity to add a bit of rose water to the bottle for a sweeter, less damp wool smell.

The end of this sweater is starting to come into view.. nearly there!

By the way, do you like my peep-toe slipper?

Two stitches forward, one stitch back

After three (three?!) false starts, the swiggle sweater is well underway! Here’s the finished back, and my start on the front.

Sometimes I love the back of a piece of knitting as much as the front, and it’s definitely true with this pattern. I would love to find a way of sewing it together so that I can wear it either way, but of course the stranded side would snag on every door handle and hook in my path.

The beautiful lobster print tablecloth was a Christmas present from my ridiculously generous and talented sister. Needless to say, it’s already reached family heirloom status.

Swiggle Sweater

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A new project! I’ve started a new sweater using my swiggle pattern and an adaptation of Schiaparelli’s bowknot sweater (available free here). I love the ‘straight-up-and-down’ style of 1920s knitwear, and I think it makes a good canvas for colourwork patterns.

Here’s my progress so far:

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I decided to use a folded edge, since it gives a very neat finish and adds a little weight to the bottom of the jumper. Another iconic item of clothing from the 1920s, the Chanel jacket, employs the clever use of a chain sewn into the inside of the hem to give a satisfying weight and better hang. I’m hoping to achieve the same effect.
I picked up the trick of folding the edge from Lesley Anne Price’s wonderful book Kids Knits. It works by knitting a few rows in stocking stitch, then a row of purl on the right side, giving a ridge to form the folded edge, and continuing in stocking stitch until the ‘post-ridge’ rows reach the same number as the ‘pre-ridge’ rows. In the next row each stitch is knitted together with one picked up from the cast-on edge. With the first attempt I found that the edge curved outwards too much. I remedied this by knitting the folded edge on needles a size smaller, then switching up to larger needles when I reached the ridge row of purl.
Here are my instructions for making a small folded edge:
Cast-on with smaller needles.
                                                                    Row: 1. Knit
                                                                             2. Purl
                                                                             3. Knit
Change to larger needles for ‘ridge row’.               4. Knit
Continue in stocking stitch.                                  5. Knit
                                                                             6. Purl
Fold and join cast-on edge.                                   7. Pick up last stitch of cast-on edge, knit together with first stitch on needle.
                                                                                       Repeat to end of row, using all stitches.