Its lovely! Now, Ms. McSneakington, I must beg your indulgence because I have a few questions about my own sweater. I added two extra repeats, one above the dart and one below. When it came time to pick up stitches for the right front button band, I had to wing it on how many stitches to pick up. I've only done the one button band, picking up 79 stitches. Right now I think it looks okay but I'm not the best judge. Is there any rule of thumb, tips, etc., for how many stitches to pick up for a button band? I like your modification of no purl row and regular ribbing. I had to stick with the twisted stitch ribbing because I have a devil of a time keeping the tension similar when I switch between knitting and purling. The first knit stitch of the rib is always a bit loose. Any suggestions on what I may be doing wrong? For this sweater I've been keeping a pretty tight tension but that has the unintended result of making my hands sore.
You might find this link from tech knitting helpful with loose stitches in your ribbing. http://techknitting.blogspot.ca/2010/03/uneven-knitting-part-3-fixing-loose.htmlCheersDiana00 on ravelry
Hi Sally!I actually did a video yesterday about picking up the buttonbands, but I won't be posting it for a bit, so I'll just answer your question here.The rule of thumb when picking up stitches perpendicular to your work (as on a buttonband) is to pick up 2 stitches for every three rows of knitting. So pick up a stitch in the first and second rows, then skip the third, continuing on in that way. With the amount of lengthening you did on your sweater, I'd say 79 is just about right, and looking at your Flickr photo, the first one looks good.The first stitch of any stockinette row (on the right side) always tends to be a little looser - I'm really not sure why! The only fixes I know of are to pull that stitch tight before continuing on down the row, or to slip the first stitch purlwise on every row.You're almost there - looks like you will be the first one done!
Thanks Gail! You're always so speedy with your comments and replies. Its wonderful!
Come on, Ginger! You know you want to!
Oh Gail it is so very pretty! I wish we were neighbors then I would borrow it from you! ;)
I wish we were neighbors too!
Lovely! And we'll be back to cooler weather soon, so you can wear it!
One word: Perfect!
Pretty, pretty! :D And lol at Sneaky McSneakington. Yes indeed, you sure sneaked ahead :)
Couldn't help myself!
Just lovely. I AM going to knit this as my next sweater [sez the gal with three sweaters on the needles]hugs
I can't wait to move forward with this sweater. My friend helped me fix my mistake last Sunday it I haven't had time to knot all week! I did remove the sleeve stitches and have tried it on my daughter and it fits...yeah! I have been organizing a big children's program at our church. I'm hoping that now that we've started I will have a bit more time.
I'm so glad it fits!
Me too! Thank you so much for your help. I'm sure I'll be knocking on your door when I get to the sleeves and edges( button flap, etc.). Hopefully before you go on your wonderful trip. I went to Vienna for a week and it was so fantastic ( you did say Austria right?)
I'm hoping to make a post about the button bands in the next few days, but I'll be here for one more week and I'm happy to help if you get to it by then! We're going to Germany, but very near the Austrian border.
Wow...again! It looks so good. Hope mine can look half as good as that.