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Thursday, February 09, 2006


Mims, you should check out the comments, someone left some good advice, but I'm not trying to push here, but I'm really loving the knit from the top method. That's how I'm knitting Al's sweater and it's a V-neck also. I haven't wrote down anything, but I could probably write something down by this weekend and post it if you want. The only really hard thing is you have to do a provisional cast on, which is really easy, but not really easy to explain.

If you want to start, what you should do is measure the width between the shoulders (basically the back) and cast on the number of stitches to get that measurement, for example, your gauge is 15 stitches per 4 inches, or 3.75 stitches to the inch. Since I personally hate fractions, I would round that up to 4 stitches per inch. So let's say your back is 15 inches wide (basically from where your left arm starts, across the back and to where your right arm starts) So you would multiply 15 by 4 to get 60 stitches. So you would cast on 60 stitches with the provisional cast on. (If you are doing a pattern, cast on a few more or less to accomodate the pattern).

Next you will have to do some division. So the gist is, you will want to divide the number of stitches by a third, so a third of the stitches will make up the right shoulder, the second third will make up the neck and the last third will make up the left shoulder. So in the example above, you will have 20 stitches for your left shoulder, 20 stitches for your neck and 20 stitches for your right shoulder.

So with this in mind, knit 20 stitches (for your right shoulder) place a marker, the knit the next 20 stitches and place a marker, then knit the remaining stitches. (for your left shoulder) The stitches between the marker denotes the neck.

Knit straight (or whatever pattern you are following for about 2 inches.)

Okay, that's all I can remember off the top of my head, I'll have to try and remember what I did for the front. The beginning is the hardest part, After you get through it, the rest is a piece of cake, and you can try the sweater on as you go to make sure the armholes fit and that it's the right size all along the way.


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