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I didn't have my fabric for the border and binding so I started my sweater. I wasn't quite sure how to knit it as I didn't have the pattern in front of me when I bought the yarn. The clerk had on this cute cardigan sweater so I asked for the pattern and she said I could download it from the internet. I bought $80 worth of lopi yarn, which I haven't done in years when I used to knit Icelandic sweaters. These sweaters last a life time. They truly are an investment. As long as you don't put on weight, lol... I still wear the one I made for my hubby cause he doesn't like the bulk of it. I have since given away the others because of weight gain. One got tossed into the washer by accident. These have to be washed by hand. The wool is spun right from the sheep. I do love the idea of that and knitting on the real thing instead of synthetic stuff. Some wools are now dyed which I picked for the accent color.
I assumed this sweater would be no different to knit. Little did I know it is knit entirely different, instead of knit flat it is knit in the round and you steek the front (what the hell is steeking!) I was soon to find out. Also it has what they call short rows in the back so the sweater supposedly will hang straighter. I have never done this before. So it has been sitting around and I did try to practice it but kept putting it aside. BUT, lo and behold, Crafty had a look see over the weekend and I found a similar sweater by the same gal as my pattern on there. (also watched how to knit with the magic loop and some free motion quilting) I watched the class and learned how to steek and how to do the short rows. So I started the sweater again. Here's a glimpse of it so far and I will try to tell you how the rest goes as I come to it. Steeking is a line of purl stitches all the way up the front of the sweater. When the sweater is done you crochet on each side of the line of purls and then you take scissors and cut, yes, I said cut all the way up that line of purl stitches and then you open it into the cardigan. Then you line the back of each side of the opening with ribbon. I know, I know, it will be scary to cut into this sweater as I will be so afraid it will totally unravel. I did do a small swatch and it worked, but what if I make a mistake, OH NO... But I am always up for a challenge so here goes. It has been so easy to knit so far and quicker as you are always knitting knit rows, no purl rows so it goes faster. We will see what we will see.
Here is what I have so far:
You can't really make out the line of purls where the needles cross, they are hard to see.
Wish me a lot of luck with this sweater.