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December 30, 2007



Wonderful, very well said. Thanks for the mention.
I am at first surprised that you haven't done a steeked sweater, considering your experience in other areas (the Jean Frost jacket will be wonderful, I'm sure). However, when I think over the 25 years I spent crocheting, it is telling that I didn't progress much beyond granny squares. I know I prefer familar techniques to new ones and must push myself to learn. For that reason, although the look of a sweater attacts me, I always analyze a pattern before I cast on, deciding if I really want to cable, purl, or ktbl as much as the project will require.

Linda M

I choose my sweaters by how much attention I want to pay to the actual knitting. I like lots of stockinette with some interesting details so I can knit the bulk of the fabric while reading and pay attention to the detailed parts. I also like finishing. I think seams give a sweater more shape. I am not averse to circular knitting but I know its limits. I think I'm getting a better sense of what I'll actually wear and what I'm making for the process itself (most of my lace knitting). There is a place for both in my knitting world. A good example of a "boring" knit I'll really enjoy making and wearing is A.St*rmore's Western Seas design. Acres of small gauge stockinette with some interesting details. It is in my queue for some day!

Jeanne B.

Me? I see it, and I say "OMG I love the way that looks!" and before I know it I'm off to the yarn store. Do I think about the fact that my body is different from the model's? Uh... not always. Do I consider the miles and miles of boring stockinette? No... How about finishing, steeks, fit? Uh...


And that is why I have the yarn and patterns for three sweaters I have yet to knit up. :-) LOL! The Philosopher's Wool is ambitious, but I know you can do it and I look forward to seeing the end result (as well as the process). Happy 2008 (almost)!


It's interesting to hear your thoughts. I have been a garment sewer in the past, although I don't do it so much now except to sew for the granddaughters. In fact, I taught garment sewing. I guess as far as knitting goes I'm a little bit of a hybrid. I hate sewing up sweaters, but I prefer to knit flat! I'm a big fan of EZ and love some of the ingenuity in her designs. When I pick a pattern, I'm looking at fit, design and color. The knitting technique is usually secondary to me. Of course, if colorwork is involved, circular is the only technique I will consider. I guess when it comes down to it, I'm like Jeanne B. - I see something that appeals to me and I head to my stash or the yarn store without too much consideration of what techniques are involved.


Great post! I think you would really like Barbara Walker's book, Knitting from the Top. She explains step by step how to do every kind of sweater seamlessly (even set in sleeves - accomplished through a provisional cast on) and she talks alot about the differing properties of knitted fabric vs. sewn fabric. I do happen to enjoy fashion sewing, and I am actually pretty good at sewing knitted seams, but I do strongly consider the construction of a garment when choosing a pattern. I often will modify a pattern to conform to my chosen construction method, unless I just feel like knitting the pieces and not having to think about it too much. That's what I'm doing with the Jawbreaker Cardigan I'm working on now.

If you don't already have the Barbara Walker book, let me know. You may just find a copy on your doorstep on Thursday courtesy of my Amazon Prime account. I really think you would like what she has to say.

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