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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

It's time to hood the Hoodie!


Gwen writes:"...Do you mattress seam everywhere, including the shoulders? Or do you backstitch the shoulders
for more stability?"

For the shoulder seams on this sweater, since it's Going to Work (meaning heavy use), I like to seam with Slip Stitch Crochet. It is very flexible and sturdy (and wicked fast) - adds a little thickness, but after a blast of steam, it *renders* very flat. That's one of the cool things about wool (and some other fibers). You can build multiple layers and upon application of heat, that bulk is greatly reduced.

the Knitter's Companion
you can find this technique on page 78.

I always mattress stitch the side seams (page 73 of above book) - once you do it once or twice, it is very fast and is my favorite. Now that I've started teaching workshops, this is something I love to demonstrate. People usually are a little surprised at how fast it can be!

Each to their own, but I would rather spend 10 minutes mattress stitching than wrestling with a one-piece sweater of this size. The structure seaming adds to a garment of this type lends to greater durability and that's what I'm after. I wear all my sweaters to work, at home, anywhere. This construction process gives me a lot of confidence that what I'm making will last and serve me well.


I especially liked the way the neckline turned out on this with the hood stitches picked up.

Jane writes: "Is this the Twist on your pattern site? I didn't see the cables on the sleeves in the photo
--is there a variation of the pattern?"

This is a variation of the Twist pattern for sale; I'm thinking of releasing it as version II. What do you think?

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