And here we are at the end of our knit along. I’ve enjoyed hosting this knit along so much I’m already planning our next one!
But first thing’s first – Let’s finish up these sweaters. Finishing is my least favorite part. When I am done knitting something it should be DONE, not take another 4 hours to put together. But let’s tackle this as efficiently and painlessly as possible.
I’m so proud of everyone for all of the hard work they’ve put into their sweaters! I’ll start highlighting some FOs soon, I’m sure!
Keep emailing me or posting questions on our rav forum, sending me pictures, and, above all, knitting!
We’ve got some seaming ahead of us, unfortunately. Seaming is a make or break part of the knitting process, but luckily it’s very easy to MAKE it, once you’ve got the process down.
For this sweater we will start with seaming the shoulders together. Since we knit the body together we don’t have to seam up the side seams, so all that is left is to ease in the sleeves. You want to start with the sleeve seam and then seam the finished sleeve into the body of your sweater.
The easiest way to make sure your sleeve is seamed in properly is to start in the most obvious spot -the armpit. Attach the seam of the sleeve to the center of the armhole bind-offs of the body of your sleeve with some scrap yarn. Then find the center of the top of your sleeve and attach it to your shoulder seam with some scrap yarn again. From here you can seam between your two markers evenly. If you still aren’t comfortable you can make more markers by finding the center of both your sleeve and body sleeve section between your markers and attaching the pieces with more scrap yarn. This way your sleeve seam sections are divided into quarters to make sure your sleeve is worked it as even as possible.
And luckily the collar is picked up, so that is the end of your seaming!
This Weeks Beatnik Goal: Knit the collar, seam in your sleeves, weave in the ends, and you are finished!
While the designer gives a stitch total for the number of stitches you want to pick up for this collar, it’s a ballpark number. I picked up my stitches just to see how close I was and I got 138. I really wouldn’t even worry about counting it. Just pick up the stitches evenly around, make sure you knit one row, either as you pick the stitches up or 1 round after you put them all on your needle, and then go to town on that twisted rib.
Picking up Stitches Pointers: Don’t pick up stitches on the very edge of your sweater. Move into that first row of stitches and pick up loops along a ridge of that first row of stitches. You’ll have more of a seam on the inside of your sweater, and less holes on the outside.
Pick up all your stitches and THEN start knitting. That helps you to see if your stitches are even along the needle before wasting time knitting something you are just going to pull out because you didn’t get it right.
If there is a part that looks wonky, pull it. The last thing you want is holes along the front of your sweater, so better to catch any holes as you are picking up stitches, or even in that first row of knitting, than to finish your collar and be driven crazy by holes.
If you get to the end and you picked up an odd number of stitches, just drop a PU St or knit 2 PU sts together to make sure your rib works out. You can do it!
The Two Boyfriends Cardigan
One of the joys of The Two Boyfriends Cardigan?! Hardly any finishing! You may have a couple holes at the armpit of your sweater between your picked up stitches that you can go back and seam a little. Otherwise, besides some weaving in of your ends, you are set to start working on your pockets!
This Weeks Two Boyfriends Cardigan Goal: Knit up your pockets and attach them to your sweater. Weave in your ends and you are finished!
You want your pocket stripes to line up with the stripes of your sweater so, while you’ll be able to see your pockets, they are flush with the body of your sweater.
There is really nothing tricky to it!
Post pics and/or questions on our Ravelry Knit Along forum, email them to me, or tweet them with #solknitalong so I can show them off next week.