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Ready to Roll! Full speed ahead! Seams everywhere!

I love seams. I love a nice strong shoulder line with support and muscle; the look of the set-in sleeve; the civilized behaviour of the sides.

All my seaming dreams come true in this pretty - it is fitted and ready to be finished. I will sew the body pieces together and then do the hood, then the band.

Michelle writes: "I see that you're blocking before adding your button bands - I've always been loathe to do this, thinking that the 'unblocked' yarn/button bands might cause puckering once blocked....but do you find this is not so?"

I always (99%) block everything before any finishing. Button Banding is not an exact science but I've found it goes much more smoothly after blocking. The bands are thicker and firmer than the body of the sweater and in my experience, shouldn't change much once they are blocked out.

The trick is to find the right pick-up ratio that doesn't flare or pucker. For this gauge (4.75 sts per inch) I will pick up, on the Front edges, 4 sts for every 5 rows. That means, looking at the edge sts, pick up 4 in every row st, skip one row stitch.

For some reason (cough, cough, digital digital) it has been incredibly hard to shoot this sweater! The color in combination with the cabling just defies me at every turn. Interesting. I keep finding out more and more about the cranky nature of digital -- what a brat it is! ;p

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