Epaulet Sweater

Okay, a lot of my knitting time here recently has been dedicated to the Epaulet Sweater — at least my at home knitting. I always try to have two things on the go — one of them portable and one of them not so, and when they both end up to big into fit into my man purse that’s when socks come into the picture. Anyway, this one is pretty much no longer portable, so it’s just an at home thing. (And my main at-home thing too, considering that I’m finally done with the body of TSLS and the edging for that is light and small.)

I’m pretty happy with it, at least for the most part. It is a very dense piece of knitting, so it isn’t exactly easy on the wrists, but that isn’t that big of an issue. It’s a worsted weight yarn, and that means that it knits up at around 5 stitches to the inch, which is pretty standard for a worsted, and I get that on a U.S. 2 (I know, I am the world’s loosest knitter — it’ll make me very popular during college) (Also, as an aside, I would just like to point out to you that I am writing this while on hold with Student Career Services, so it may be a little . . . . odd.)

It’s a top down piece of knitting, which is a very unusual method for me to make a sweater. I understand all the ways that it is convient and makes more sense than bottom up, but the thing is, I like the aesthetics of bottom up knitting better, and the thing is, if you make all your sweaters in the round (as all mine are) you really can try yours on as you go, which is pretty much the biggest pro-top down knitting argument. And the thing is, all my top-down knitting has ended badly. Bottom up — I’ve had a few failures, but that is to be expected. Anyway, the Epaulet Sweater is knit from the top down, and is really just, and I really didn’t see that till after I knit it, a hybrid sweater from the top down, with a smaller back saddle. (That probably sounded like gibberish to you. Don’t worry, it makes so much more sense than it sounds)

Well, last night I finished the yoke part of it, and am now working on the sleeves. I think it’s a good idea, on a top down sweater, to do the sleeves first. No matter what you do, you’re going to feel like your knitting an octopus at the end of it, but with the sleeve already done it feels less like one. Think about it, Which is better, to have 95% of a sweater hanging off 30 sleeve stitches at the cuff, or 200 stitches at the hem. Take the body, it just makes more sense, you have more control over it, and the weight of the sweater effects your gauge less. It makes sense.

Here’s a picture where I look either, drunk, high, crazy, or a combination of all three. (I took about twenty, this is the pick of the lot.) picture003

Vogue will be calling any day now. And yes, I do need to shave. And ignore the clothes in the background that I need to put away.

Anyway, only 14 things left to knit in KW. I just counted on the list that I’ve had taped over my desk for almost a year. Oh my god, I’ve almost been knitting from KW for a year. June 1st is my official start date. It’ll be one year in three weeks. Given the current rate of progress, I estimate, maybe a year and a half total for this thing. Sweet!



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