Here's how I did it:
|I chose the specified yarn for this sweater as it is very light. This is a big sweater and the lightness of Loft really helps. I think if knit in a standard sock yarn, the front wings could weight the sweater down and pull.|
|I cast on using Judy's Magic Cast-on. As you may gather from previous posts, I try to use this where ever a provisional cast on is called for. I have to say, this was my longest one ever, 628 stitches across 2 needles. I like using this cast on because I can establish such a good rhythm and whip out a large number of stitches very fast.|
|The pattern starts with knitting the turned hem in the contrast color.|
|The inside of the hem is knit in stockinette...|
|...followed by one row of reverse stockinette to encourage the hem to fold.|
|The color is switched to the main color and the stockinette continues for the required number of stitches.|
|Time to knit the 2 sides of the hem together. Since I used Judy's Magic Cast-on, all I need to do is to start knitting the stitches together: 1 stitch from each needle is knit together. This is similar to the 3-needle bind off, except you are not binding off. The front side of the hem...|
|The back side of the hem...|
|Completion of the initial main color section.|
|Completion of first stripe section.|
|Completion of the 2+4 stripe section.|
|Completion of the 2+2 stripe body section. The bottom of the sweater is complete and its time to start the arms and shoulders.|
|I cast on 70 additional stitches for the sleeve. (I should have figured out how to use Judy's Magic Cast-on, but I thought about it too late.) I continued with the right front and completed the 2+2 stripe section.|
|Sleeve shaping is completed next. Short rows are used to shape the sleeve.|
|Shoulder shaping follows, again using short rows|
|I completed the front left shoulder.|
|...and the back.|
|Sweater shoulders are bound off using a 3-needle bind off with the chain edge showing on the outside. The color is added and the main body of knitting is complete.|
|The sweater is blocked before I seam the underarms. I soaked the sweater in water; squeezed the water out; wrapped it in a towel to remove any excess water and then laid it out to dry.|
|Time for the underarms. I chose to graft them together -- think Kitchener, but flat. The grafted row is in the middle of the picture.|
I really need to knit more sweaters. I can fit a sock in my sleep, but sweaters are still a little iffy. Gomoku is my best fitting sweater to date, so I have to keep up the momentum.
My project can be found on Ravelry at Gomoku.
Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. "Pente" pattern copyright by Carol Feller..