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Stuck

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The long planned pullover for my boyfriend is finally almost ready, and all pieces are blocked. All it still requires is sewing up and knitting the neckband – sounds simple, right?

Not at all. I’ve never experienced such a mental block with any project before. Each time I prepare everything for seaming, I spend a lot of time worrying, thinking and analyzing, only to put it away in the end. Ouch…

But let’s start from the beginning. You can’t imagine how difficult it is to find the right pattern for my other half. He’s like the most picky person ever, and even though we’ve known each other for years, I had no idea! Shopping with him always seemed simple, neither of us likes spending long hours trying clothes on, and whenever we need something specific, we quickly choose and buy, and leave the store as soon as we have what we need. But when it came to choosing the pattern it was all “too strange”, “I don’t want any cables” (and how can anyone refuse cables?! cables are great!), “I don’t like these sleeves”, and so on, and so forth. Finally I decided not to bother asking anymore and just choose something myself, and so I chose the Appleby pullover pattern by Jane Howorth. It’s simple and plain and the stripes are such a nice touch of colour to make it a little more cheerful than the usual dark male sweater. Surprisingly, it was accepted. Yay!

I chose three different green shades of Drops Nepal, a soft and warm blend of wool and alpaca. Main colour is actually something in between light blue and gray green (that sounds weird, but I really don’t know better way to describe it), the upper part is in dark, forest green, with some bright olive stripes to lighten everything up. This colour combo should work well with his other clothes.

I knew from the start that knitting it in separate pieces would be a challenge. Well, not exactly knitting but sewing it up later. I thought about trying to knit the main body and sleeves in the round instead, but in the end I was not sure if it wouldn’t damage the construction of the jumper. I think that side seams in heavier sweaters really make the difference and help the garment keep the shape, so I didn’t want to risk changing the pattern. I know there are ways to add a mock seam, but adapting a pattern like that is far beyond my skill level yet πŸ˜‰

Anyways, I enjoyed knitting it, and now I’m trying to gather courage to sew it up. My assistants keep trying to “help” me,Β  because it really is soft and nice πŸ˜‰

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So far I’ve only managed to sew the arms at the top and I’m not very happy with the result, although it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I’m starting to think about taking it to the knitting group meeting this week and begging someone to sew it up for me πŸ˜‰ Although to be serious I hope to have it finished before the weekend!

Well, aside from the pullover finishing challenge, I’ve received the last skein from my tax relief-excused yarn shopping spree and I absolutely love it. This is sock yarn from Clover Cottage Yarns and the colours in this skein make me happy. It’s like rainbow mixed with peacock feathers!

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And the package included another gift stitch marker for my growing collection πŸ™‚

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So does anyone have any good advice on how to overcome the fear of seaming a knitting project?

 

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8 thoughts on “Stuck

  1. It’s going to look great! I love the color combination. A couple of seaming references I always turn to are one from Knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html) and one from Twist Collective (http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/index.php/component/content/article/92-how-to/957-shoulder-seam-graft). Amy Herzog also has great advice on seaming: http://www.amyherzogdesigns.com/tutorials/tutorial-sleeve-cap/
    I actually end up enjoying it! I know you’ll do a great job. Can’t wait to see the finished sweater. πŸ™‚

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  2. oohh love that yarn what are you making?? and your sweater is looking gorgeous!

    Have you blocked it? It looks pretty orderly in the photos but I’ve found that blocking first helps make the edges less curly and easier to sew.

    I’d also recommend using stitch markers to mark around the sleeves in particular, about 10cm apart, that helps things stay lined up.

    I also go from the middle top of the sleeve round to the bottom (underarm where if joins the body) and then from the top and round the other way. I’ve found it really difficult to keep it all lined up and its easy to hide a little bit of misalignment in that seam underneath. Plus there is only half a sleeve to get misaligned and it will be pretty much straight.

    It is a tough one though! Good luck and don’t forget to post finished pics! πŸ™‚

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    1. The yarn is still available for purchase on Etsy, just sayin’ πŸ˜‰ I’m thinking of adding it to a cardigan or knitting another shawl, because I love shawls. Haven’t decided for 100% yet!

      And thanks for the advice! I tried the stitch markers and actually broke one in the process, and failed miserably overall, I have to try again. It is all blocked but the problem is that the sleeves are such a weird shape at the part where they are attached to the body, it never looks exactly as I want it to. Well, this is definitely going to be a learning process for me πŸ˜‰

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      1. hmmm. difficult. one other thing I’ve tried is putting it over my knee to pull the seam tight. knees are more like shoulder shapes!!

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  3. Well, others have covered quite some stuff already, so I’ll just say it’ll be fine as long as you make sure parts align and match. πŸ˜‰
    If it does look a bit odd after the seaming is done, reblocking the sweater has helped me.
    Good luck! ☺
    I love the new yarn, and can’t wait to see what you make with it.

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    1. Yes, blocking is such a miraculous process that can change the look of the finished project completely, so hopefully it can help indeed, thank you for the idea!

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