26.3.14

WIP: Wartime farm sleeveless pullover

I'm currently knitting something for my boyfriend. It's Susan Crawfords wartime farm sleeveless pullover. 

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The pattern is suitable for male, female and even children and is knitted in the round.  For me this is the 2nd time ever that I'm knitting in the round. And I have bit difficulties with the tension. 

Deciding  what colors to use

Knitting in the round is completely different then knitting on straight needle. So far I prefer knitting on straight needles, but I think I need more experience to really appreciate knitting in the round.




I will keep my fingers crossed and hopefully some serious blocking will help remove the puckers!

13 comments:

  1. It looks already great!
    I can't wait to see the result.

    xoxo Emma
    http://littlemissbamboo.blogspot.be/

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  2. Oh, I love this pullover! I have been "promoting" it for my hubby, but he is not having it :(
    I have always knitted in the round, it is typical Scandinavian. It is considerably faster when you can knit the whole body in one go, and the sleeves in the round also. Just two seams and the whole sweater is done! When I use straight needles, I get gauge issues :/ So it is merely habitual, you'll get it right with a little practice!

    If you are unsure if your stranded knitting is too tight, you can steam a portion right above your ribbing with your iron, and give it a good stretch (both in length and width) while hot/moist. It does the same as blocking, and gives you a guide. It is no fun knitting to the top, and find that it is too tight... Don't ask me how I know.

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    1. I'm a bit anxious to press the knitwork because the label of the yarn said that it's unsuitable for pressing.

      Knitting in the round is much more efficient! I think I have to get used to it.

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  3. You look like you're doing great so far and at least you won't have seams to do at the sides. I love this pattern, but my husband said 'no way' when I mentioned that he may like it!
    Nice yarn, it looks very soft.

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    1. Thanks! it's alpaca yarn from Drops. Most of my knitwork is knitted with this yarn. They have a wide range colors so it's perfect for colorwork!

      Too bad your husband doesn't like it!

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  4. Oh, the colors are lovely, suitable to go with many pants and shirt combinations. You don't want to "press" your work with your iron. Fill it with water and wait til very hot. Hover your iron over the work and blast it with steam. Make sure the iron doesn't touch the work. I have always found with stranded work that when I switch back to a previous color, I can hardly believe how loose the "float" must be across the back. If I restart a color at the tension I am used to for regular knitting, then my float yarn is always too tight compared to the knitting in front of it. The only time I have had success was when I "floated" my yarn so loosely that while I was doing it, I was sure it would be too loose, and I was surprised that it wasn't. I hope you find that your floats aren't too tight! I'll be interested to see how it all turns out. Good luck!

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    1. I'm afraid my floats are too tight! I will try to hover the iron above the knitwork. Otherwise I'm considering changing to regular needles.

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  5. This is such a great jumper, it looks good so far. Hope you get your issues with in the round knitting sorted out.

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  6. I recommend this method for fair isle knitting:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JNscSDK99k
    It's a little bit slower, but you get a perfect fabric and since the floats are caught every 2 or 3 stitches, they will never be too tight.

    I am not very good a keeping an even tension when I carry the yarns on 2 hands, but this method really works great for me.

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  7. Oh yes, something else: I do not knit Fair Isle in the round straigt away, since I am not able to get a nice transition when changing the color. So I work with steeks: I knit in the round, since it is easier if you have only knit stitches, but with steeks (7 or 9 stitches) in between, which I cut up later and sew the pieces together.

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  8. It looks great I love the colours you have chosen. I found that on the circular needles my tension is vastly different to straight needles, I generally have to go to sizes smaller on circular to prevent things getting to big! I would take it off the needles (probably best after a plain row) and give it a pull to see if it will stretch / flatten out. I had a similar problem knitting my version, and as mine was acrylic there was no way I could heat it either and taking it off the needles I realized it was going to be ok! I hope this helps! x

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  9. Fingers firmly crossed for you, sweet dear. I love this sweater. Every time I see it, I wish I had one like it hanging in my closet.

    ♥ Jessica

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