Monday, 1 August 2011
Making Monday: B-Side Cardigan
As always with knitting, crochet, spinning... any craft really, you start out with a pile of supplies.
You (supposedly anyway), knit a gauge swatch. Its correct! You got gauge!
You cast on the project... and realise as you cast on for the smallest size (32" bust) is going to fit you when you are in fact a 34" bust. Gauge lies, we know this to be true.
Keep knitting... keep knitting...
And then during blocking (before the button band, collar and sewing everything together)... it is discovered that the very last cable has not been crossed! NOOOOOOOOOO! How was that not noticed before? Can you live with it? Of course not, it is glaring at you constantly now...
Rip it back, no other option. Can't drop stitches due to the neck and shoulder decreases... But its done, and its perfect.
Stitches are picked up. Button holes are made. Collars are knit...
And then comes the seaming. You hate seaming with a passion - shoulders become bulky and lumpy, sleeves are the same... So you look for a tutorial, this time you will do it right!
You also discover that water can be put in your iron to create steam... so the seams can be set too!
Let us not forget buttons... those tiny things that pull the garment together... how on earth can you sew those on without them falling off constantly?! Yet another tutorial...
And finally... Viola!
xxx Elle xxx