The Gaping Maw, Or, Freaky Steeky
January 31, 2013
It’s Steek-cutting Thursday! Come on and enjoy the thrill of chopping a hole in your knitting. It just never gets old to me.
This is the left shoulder of the Donegal sweater. This sweater is knit in the round. Whenever there needs to be a hole in the sweater (neck opening, sleeve holes), you work a batch of checkerboard stitches that will not be visible in the finished sweater. Makes it easy to work Fair Isle when you don’t have to go back and forth, front side to back side.
You can’t add a sleeve until you cut a hole for it.
I’m so literal about this Alice Starmore pattern that when she says (circa 1994, before removable stitch markers had been invented, apparently) to mark the bottom of the sleeve with a safety pin, I use a safety pin . . .
I worked this part of the sweater before I remembered that spit-splicing is the way to avoid a mess like this.
I had to trim down the ends in order to see what the heck was going on in there. Note also the dark blue backstitching along what will soon be the raw edge of the sleeve hole. A little insurance policy against unraveling. Which is just not going to happen, but still. WHAT ALICE SAYS, WE DO.
Ready, aim, chop!
DONE AND DONE! Sleeve Number Two, here we come.
FULL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: THIS 15-MINUTE BLOG ENTRY REQUIRED 23.5 MINUTES, PLUS 4 EXTRA MINUTES TO CALL THE SECURITY COMPANY BECAUSE THE ROOFERS SET OFF THE ALARM BY WHACKING ON MY ROOF EXTRA MUCH.