ARE YOU READY?!!!
I sure am!
Let’s all get started on our Mauna Kea Sweater!
We need to measure up! This sweater is designed around the bust line, and to clarify “bust line” I am referring to the fullest part of your bust. The best way to measure this is to have another human help you! Instead of the measuring tape use a length of yarn, twine, cord or heavy string (linen or butcher’s twine works best as it does not stretch). With your arms hanging naturally at your sides, allow the other human to use the cord and measure across the fullest part of your bust with you wearing a t-shirt. Avoid taking measurements in thick shirts or sweaters. Once the cord measures around your bust, have them clip it AS IS (see below regarding “growing room”) and then you can measure out the length on a measuring tape accurately.
WHY NOT JUST USE A MEASURING TAPE? You can, but I find so many of us have a tendency to adjust the tape measure. We add a few fingers underneath it for growing room (Seriously? Are any of us still growing? You want this sweater to fit you NOW!). Sometimes we pull the tape a bit tighter to get closer to the (smaller) whole number. The cord or twine keeps us honest. For more info on measuring, read the updated pattern.
Please do take the time to read the pattern careful! We are starting with the neck and i have given you plenty of time to do it. Don’t rush things.
Make sure you:
- Swatched, soaked, blocked and got the correct gauge!
- That you decided how you plan to work your colours
- Measured yourself (or had somebody else measure you)
Once you are ready and have read the pattern: CAST ON!
Need Info On Success In Stripes? Keep Reading!
When you change colours in the stripe sequences keep in mind a few surprisingly simple things and it will make your adventure that much easier!
- Read ahead and see if you switch colour back to back. For instance: You knit 2 rows in Colour #3 and then you switch to Colour #1 for 2 rows and then you will go back to Colour #3. TIP=> Carry the ends up the side during this sequence! If it is just a few rows and only one extra strand to carry up, you may find this helpful!
- Switch the colors in a sneaky way…before the round starts! When you knit the last 2 Purl stitches just before the beginning of round marker make your switch there! By tucking the switch of colors in the purl stitch it will virtually disappear behind the scenes. It also makes a great place to weave loose ends!
- Leave length on the ends when breaking yarn. I never cut mine shorter than 3 inches. Remember You have to work with them later, so give yourself some space!
- Give the old yarn an extra tug as you go around with the new. It helps anchor it and prevents that stitch from getting wonky. I will sometimes tie my old to the new with just a tie, not a knot.
- Breathe easy and have fun!