Calling experienced knitters, I want your help!*** See below Please! 🙂
This is Kamakura Kimono sweater from Knit Kimono by Vicki Square is an ambitious project for me! I am using Berrocco Ultra Alpaca, gentle to knit with and it has been a warm lapful this winter. It is Challenging! The fabric is heavy, even drooping on the dress form. You can see the armhole steek below the orange pin…
- My original yarns were lovely together but not enough contrast for the pattern, so back to my local yarn shop, oh my! 🙂
- My good friend Carol said I must learn to knit with 2 colors at once! Okay, stiff upper lip and I’ve done that!
- This pattern is a little confusing and my local shop guru said I should knit in the round and STEEK IT! I watched Eunny Jang steek 3 ways, will take a Very Deep Breath and slice into this after stabilizing the front edges and armholes.
- Shoulders, oh Dear!! Mine slope down and forward. I will get lost in a straight shouldered kimono! I found this great reference, looks exactly to the point: “shaped shoulders in the round“.
So, “FeralKnitter” recommends 5 steps:
- Decide how much rise you want. The usual 3/4-1″ measures for me are: 2 3/4″ front and 3 1/4″ back.
- Measure rows/inch– easy, 13/2″, or 6.5, one medallion repeat in this pattern, even for both directions.
- Rise (#1) x Rows/inch (#2) gets me adding 18(+1= 19) rows to the front, 21(1+=22) to the back.
- Count stitches (armhole Steek to center front Steek), 73 for the front. The back is 156 stitches across. I don’t want to V up the center back neck, so will angle up across only the shoulder seam, flat across the back neck. That takes 6″, out of 15″, 9″ x 6.5 st/”= 60 stitches each back shoulder.
- Divide shoulder stitches #4, by short rows, #3, and add 1. Front 73/19=3.8, which I will call an even 4-stitch short row. 🙂
Back 60/22=2.76. Hmm, I hope it isn’t too indulgent to call that “3”. that still isn’t an even #, so a graph is in order…
*** This is where you come in, not so much for the graph, but for the ease/stretch/ heavy sweater sag experience! I wonder how much I should reduce extending shaping from shoulders up to the neck, for this heavy sweater? Halloo?? 🙂