'Started this part of the project very early last Saturday morning with the house still quiet, a fresh pot of coffee and a big poodle curled up at my feet...bliss!
My goals - beyond making a hole for the head and neck of course...
- Avoid cables crossing close to the collar edges making choke-like puckers around the collar or worse, partial, half crossed cables.
- Decrease to edges that lend themselves to the 2x2 rib that will progress upwards from that point.
- Make nicely terminated, and visually complete cables at the shoulders to border the planned saddles.
I worked out the bulk of the approach on one back shoulder...
4 hours to sort out that 4 inches of knitting.
But the last....most tantalizing...close to the finish line...only 20 minutes more...front panel took...
4 runs over 4 evenings to get right.
Rushing always takes longer. When will I ever learn?
In fairness this part of the exercise has shown me just how much I have learnt over the past few years of, some non knitters would say, "manic" knitting. (Anyway "rushing" is more about human nature than knitting!)
|Sweater Front atop Sweater Back showing two different collar lines|
- The net effect does visual justice to the time and care I took at the bottom edge.
- I think I've set things up so the collar will nicely "flow" from the cables on the body.
- The termination at the shoulder edge of all the elements either side of the collar is such that the saddle shoulder is unnecessary. (Good thing because despite fiddling with a variety of treatments for that element they all just struck me as too busy to nicely bisect front and back and flow into the cabled sleeves.)
Tonight and tomorrow I need to graft the shoulders and see if I can't get the visual affect to be one of having the elements flow continuously up and over the shoulders. (I'll ultimately run a reinforcing something-or-other on the backside of each graft for stability) and put in the collar.
Beloved gets on another plane tomorrow night. My hope would be I could pull something with a finished collar over his his before that so I can confidently knit and install the sleeves while he's away over the next 7 days, finalizing only length upon his return! He's been here and gone a couple of times over the last week after returning from Asia ten days ago. I'm getting good at taking measurements while he sleeps off jet lag!
Have a great weekend! Thanks for dropping by