Here's my pre-blocked Green Gable, or should I say Barn Red Gable?
I made the 36" size (4" of negative ease). First I added 6 pairs of Japanese short rows. Following the waist decreases, I put in 2 sets of waist increases at the hips. Next, after 5 rnds of rib, I did a tubular BO with 2 rnds of double knitting for the hem. Then, when doing the sleeves, I picked up an extra 7 sts at the underarm before joining. The BO on the sleeves was also tubular but w/o the double knitting.
I actually like the tubular BO on my sleeves better than the hem - it looks cleaner and more precise, even if it does feel flat like a regular BO. This was my first time using the tubular BO, and I liked it a lot! I tried the Italian method
first, but it didn't meet my satisfaction. (Although, that site did tell how to do double knitting ITR - very helpful
.) So, I followed the easy instructions from The Knitting Answer Book which are the same as in Amy's videos and Nancie Wiseman's The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, except for the pictures and a slight variation on stitch arrangement - or, should I say non-rearrangement
. The Knitting Answer Book shows how to do it without
having to separate the knit and purl sts onto two needles. It wasn't confusing at all, sewing with all the sts on one needle. Another thing that helped me was someone's post (I think on this forum
) that said: after sewing into the first knit st, slip it to the right needle instead of letting it drop off in order to connect it to the last st ITR. Thank you, whoever mentioned that!
And now for my next project: Lotus Blossum Tank from IK Summer '06 in SWTC Bamboo - turqouise. I got my yarn, which I bought for $4.05 off per skein from http://www.fullthreadahead.com
, in the mail today
. Wow that came fast because I ordered it June 3rd and was sure that the shipping said standard mail. From Ohio to North Carolina, it usually takes 4 days. From California, I expected a little longer wait. But, when I opened the mailbox, my priority mail envelope was inside after only 3 days. Yipee! Perfect timing: now I can cast on today
Final note: pre-blocked, GG fits everywhere except between the shoulders. I wonder how the lace panel across the neck will fit after blocking? Though I did have to add short rows, waist increases @ the hips, and extra sts at the sleeves, I didn't think about the shoulder-to-shoulder length... I must be narrower than the standard measurement for women's sizes! I wonder if I'll always have difficulty with sizing at the neck and shoulders. It's a tricky business altering a pattern between the neck and bust when there's shaping involved! But, I'll keep trying!